Charles Robert “Charlie” Watts (born 2 June 1941) – the quiet Stone. Always looking slightly bemused at his bandmates antics on stage and in public, Charlie has held down the beat for The Rolling Stones for the last 50 years. Voted by Vanity Fair as one of The World’s 100 Best Dressed Men, looking neither like an aged pirate or a wrinkled 12 year old, Charlie, almost always appears dressed to the nines. Avoiding most of the pit-falls of the road, like drugs , alcohol and groupies, Charlie has been famously true to his wife of 47 years and steered clear of most vices his band-mates fell prey too (an alcohol problem in the mid-eighties sidelined him for a bit). No multiple wives and kids like Jagger, no famous herion stories like Richards he is indeed the calmest Stone, though a famous anecdote relates that during the mid-1980s, an intoxicated Jagger phoned Watts’ hotel room in the middle of the night asking “Where’s my drummer?”. Watts reportedly got up, shaved, dressed in a suit, put on a tie and freshly shined shoes, and punched Jagger in the face, saying: “Don’t ever call me your drummer again. You’re my fucking singer!” Maybe untrue but I like it none-the-less. Charlie has been suffering throat cancer but has been in remission for the last few years. He still looks good if a bit frail.
David Royston Bailey (born 2 January 1938) London based photographer that helped define “The Swingin Sixties” by shooting the fashion and celebrities of the day, most notably The Stones and The Beatles. Bailey in-turn became a celebrity himself and was the inspiration for the amoral photographer in Antonioni’s film “Blow-Up“. In 1964 Bailey released a box of prints called Box of Pin-Ups that included, along with prints of Andy Warhol, Terrance Stamp, The Stones, and The Beatles, a print of the infamous East End gangsters, the Kray Twins (see post below). Because of this one print a US version was never released nor a 2nd UK edition, (copies of Box of Pin-Ups sell for about $30,000 now). Bailey still works and shoots occaisionally today.
It’s hard to imagine Keith Richards was ever young. The face we have now seems to be the one he’s lived in forever – a reverse ‘Picture of Dorian Grey’. Well he was young once and there was no way of telling what he would become. Pre-heroin, just cigarettes and booze, probably a lot of speed but what-the-hell, he was a rock star.