RIP Charlie Watts: You Can Lose The Backbeat

August 25, 2021

As Chuck Berry so famously penned in the opening lines of "Roll Over Beethoven":

Just let me hear some of that rock and roll music
Any old way you choose it
It's got a backbeat, you can't lose it

Sadly, we have lost that backbeat with the death of Stones' drummer Charlie Watts. 

There was a time when it was the Beatles and then the Rolling Stones. Now, it's just Paul, Ringo, Mick, and Keith -- and Keith will never, ever die; he will outlast the last cockroach. 

As a teenager, my fingertips blistered as I tried to learn "Satisfaction" on my first electric guitar, which had, like, you know, no action, none at all, but, still, I was happy to learn that the song was only three chords, although I struggled to play the damn B chord, and then I realized the amazing riff was, like, wow, only three notes, and at some point it all came together, and I played rhythm while Bill Wyman played bass and Charlie kept the steady backbeat.  

And so, today, the Blog pauses to honor Charlie Watts.