It was 60 years ago today (January 9th, 1963) that the late, great Charlie Watts joined the Rolling Stones replacing drummer Tony Chapman. Watts -- who was strictly a jazz drummer -- held a day job as a graphic designer for the ad company Charles, Hobson and Gray when he took the gig drumming for British blues icon Alexis Korner's group Blues Incorporated. Through Korner, he met Mick Jagger who often sat in with the band.
Watts' first show with the Stones took place just three days later on January 12th, 1963 at London's Ealing Blues Club, featuring Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Bill Wyman -- and co-founding keyboardist -- and later road manager, Ian Stewart. Watts remained the Rolling Stones' drummer until his death from cancer on August 24th, 2021 at the age of 80.