Charlie Watts Net Worth 2020, Biography, Early Life, Education, Career and Achievement.
Charlie Watts Net Worth– Charlie Watts is an English drummer, best known as one of the members of the famous and ageless rock ‘n’ roll band, the ‘Rolling Stones’. He started playing drums with several blues and rock bands in London before joining ‘Rolling Stones’ in 1963.
Apart from being a drummer, Watts is a trained graphic artist and made contributions as a designer for the group’s tour stages and album liners
Early Life, Family, and Education
He was born on June 2, 1941, at the ‘University College Hospital’, London, to Charles Richard Watts and Lillian Charlotte (née Eaves). His father served the ‘London Midland & Scottish Railway’ as a lorry driver. He and his sister Linda were brought up in Kingsbury.
At the age of ten years, he came across jazz and blues music and his early influences include John Coltrane and Miles Davis. By thirteen years of age, he became more interested in drumming and would emulate his jazz drumming heroes by playing the banjo that he had converted into a snare drum.
Watts and one of his childhood neighbors cum friend Dave Green, who became a jazz bass player and remains his friend till date, would listen to music together that included 78 RPM records of American jazz musicians like Charlie Parker and Jelly Roll Morton.
In 1952 he joined the ‘Tylers Croft Secondary Modern School’, where he studied till 1956. During his school days, he remained a sports enthusiast including football and cricket and also displayed his flair for art.
He got his first drum kit from his parents in 1955. After leaving his secondary school at si16 he joined ‘Harrow Art School’ (at present ‘The University of Westminster’) and studied there till 1960.
He married Shirley Ann Shepherd on October 14, 1964. He has always remained a doting husband. Their only daughter Serafina was born in 1968.
Sometime in the 1980s, he and his wife set up Haldon Arabians, a stud farm in Dolton village in west Devon where the couple breed and raise horses.
He was diagnosed with throat cancer in June 2004 and underwent radiotherapy treatment and upon recovery, he resumed his musical career. He has one granddaughter named Charlotte.
He started his musical career along with his friend Dave Green in around 1958-59 and played in ‘Jo Jones All-Stars’, a jazz band, in Middlesex. In 1960 he joined ‘Charlie Daniels Studios’, an advertising company, as a graphic designer.
During this time he became associated with a few local bands that saw him occasionally perform as a drummer in various clubs and coffee shops in London.
In 1961, he penned down a children’s book, ‘Ode to a High-Flying Bird’, a tribute to the jazz legend Charlie Parker, which was later published in 1965. His illustrations and writings in the book reflect his love for art, literature, and jazz.
While working as a graphic designer, he accepted the proposal of Alexis Korner and joined the latter’s band ‘Blues Incorporated’ in early 1962. Later he worked with the advertising firm of Charles, Hobson, and Grey while playing regularly as a drummer with ‘Blues Incorporated’.
Brian Jones, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, and Ian “Stu” Stewart would often visit the rhythm and blues clubs in London and during one such occasion in mid-1962, they met Watts. They were all members of the newly established English rock band, ‘Rolling Stones’.
Though he turned down the proposal of the ‘Rolling Stones’ earlier, on January 1963 he finally gave his nod and officially joined the band. On January 12, 1963, he played for the first time for the band at the ‘Eagles Blue Club’.
Charlie Watts is an English drummer who has a net worth of $170 million dollars. A musician, composer, producer, and horseman, Charlie Watts is most recognized as the drummer for The Rolling Stones.
He is also an accomplished jazz musician and plays with the group, The ABC&D of Boogie Woogie, which also features Axel Zwingenberger, Ben Waters, and David Green.
He was born Charles Robert Watts on June 2, 1941, in Kingsbury, London, England. Thanks to his pre-teen discovery of jazz and blues, Watts recognized his talent for music at an early age.
As key musical influences, he listed Miles Davis and John Coltrane who made him emulate his jazz drumming heroes and convert a banjo into a snare drum.
Even though Watts first got a job in a London advertising agency in 1960, he also found time to play drums with various groups, including Alexis Korner’s “Blues Incorporated”. With the Blues, he felt the spirit of London’s burgeoning blues scene, which included appearances by such performers as Brian Jones, Mick Jagger, and Eric Clapton, among others.
However, he did quit the blues combo on its rise to fame because he did not want to leave his day job. Once asked to join the Rollin’ Stones (later the Rolling Stones), Charlie Watts finally agreed to become its member one year after the formation of the band and played his first gig with them in January 1963.
Along with his bandmates Brian Jones with (guitarist), Mick Jagger (singer), Ian Stewart (pianist), and guitarists Keith Richards and Dick Taylor, he rose to international stardom.
Their first #1 hit in the United States was 1965’s single ‘Satisfaction’, after which a string of other successful songs followed like “Paint It Black” and “Ruby Tuesday”.
In the 1980s, Watts managed to pursue projects outside the Rolling Stones. He returned to his first love, i.e., jazz, as he formed various groups like the Charlie Watts Orchestra, and joined early Rolling Stones member Ian Stewart in the band Rocket 88.
As of today, Watts continues to record and play with the Rolling Stones and intends to stay with the band until Mick Jagger or Keith Richards decides to retire.
Offstage, Charlie Watts is a devoted family man who married his sweetheart Shirley Ann Shepherd back in 1964 and remained with her ever since. They have only one daughter named Seraphina Watts.