The heartwarming routine Charlie Watts had at every hotel he stayed in

It’s a habit the drummer started in 1968

Sam Moore
Tuesday 24 August 2021 21:17 BST
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Charlie Watts drew a sketch of every bed he ever slept in.

The Rolling Stones drummer, 80, started the drawings in 1968 while on tour and did it right up until his death, on Tuesday (24 August).

Watts told Rolling Stone: “I make a sketch of every bedroom I sleep in. I’ve sketched every bed I’ve slept in on tour since about 1968.”

He later elaborated on why it became a hobby for him, telling Sue Lawley on Desert Island Discs: “It’s a diary. Now I can’t miss one because it’s like ruining ‘a day in the life of’. So I just draw every bed that I sleep in when I tour with the Rolling Stones.”

Following Watts’s death, there was an outpouring of love from musicians around the world.

Fellow drummer, Ringo Starr, tweeted: “God bless Charlie Watts we’re going to miss you man peace and love to the family. Ringo.”

Bruce Springsteen’s longtime drummer, Max Weinberg, also posted: “A monumentally sad day learning my personal hero Charlie Watts has died. I’m devastated and my soul aches for Shirley, Serafina, the extended Watts family, and of course his band mates. I don’t know what to say really. Charlie Watts Rest In Peace my friend…”

A statement from the drummer’s publicist said: “He passed away peacefully in a London hospital earlier today surrounded by his family.”

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