Remembering Charlie Watts: The Rolling Stones, “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking”

Drum legend and Rolling Stones member Charlie Watts passed away yesterday, aged 80. Watts was known for his power and versatility and is considered one of rock’s greatest drummers. Aside from his acclaimed work with The Rolling Stones, Watts toured with his own jazz groups, including the Charlie Watts Quintet and the Charlie Watts Tentet. He often cited jazz as a major influence of his drumming style; Art Blakey, Chico Hamilton and Art Taylor are prominently featured in his 2017 book, Charlie Watts’ Favorite Drummers. That jazz influence is heard and felt on many of the Rolling Stones’ greatest and grooviest recordings, including the urban blues and jazz fusion track from 1971’s Sticky Fingers, “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking.” This recording also features a memorable saxophone solo by Bobby Keys.

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