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Why Charlie Watts didn't like The Beatles.

"To tell you the truth, I don't like rock 'n' roll. I love jazz. But I love playing rock 'n' roll with The Stones..."

The Beatles and The Rolling Stones: Was there really animosity between members of two iconic bands?

The Beatles и The Rolling Stones - these two iconic groups epitomise whole era! In the period 1960-1970-х they literally ruled the rock 'n' roll scene! None of their peers had so much money and passionate female fans... Accordingly, the deafening popularity of the bands led many, and especially the journaliststo the idea that there's something going on between these rock giants. fierce competition. And soon articles started appearing in the newspapers that supposedly the Beatles didn't like the Rolling Stones, and vice versa.

In fact, between the groups, there wasn't the dislikesthat the media was buzzing about. However, the topic of their confrontation was so overblown that the musicians soon decided to play along to "jaundiced" people. All the more so because their mutual "dislike" brought them even more popularity and, accordingly, fans. Thus a legend was bornthat these two groups hated each other.

A confrontation between two titans - truth or fiction

Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger.
Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger.

In fact, their rivalry was fabricated. This whole conflict was simply made up by journalists trying to get fans to emotionally and thereby raise the ratings of the publications and, in fact, their own. fees. In fact, members of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones were . friends! Lennon and McCartney even wrote the Rolling Stones their single ! "I Wanna Be Your Man"! Their paths often crossed, and from time to time the giants of rock 'n' roll would hang out together.

Mick Jagger even put the Beatles in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988, and Paul McCartney still sends Richards a case of beer for Christmas! And as we have already underlined above, amidst the rumours of their rivalry, the members of these two teams have been masterfully portraying a "conflict"often insulting and "poking fun" at each other in interviews.

Mick Jagger and Paul McCartney.
Mick Jagger and Paul McCartney.

So, when the Beatles broke up, Mick Jagger publicly stated that it "was the best decision the members of the Beatles ever made!"

"I don't care at all about them or the fact that they broke up! When I found out about it, I thought it was the best thing they ever did."

А Paul McCartneyin turn called The Rolling Stones. "blues cover band.":

"The Beatles spread their net much wider than the Stones. What's the point of talking about them? They're just a blues cover band!"

And there are hundreds of such examples of their confrontation! But today we decided to get to the bottom of a question that has been bothering fans of both bands for many years: why Charlie Watts disliked The Beatles?

Charlie Watts and his relationship to rock 'n' roll

Charlie Watts.
Charlie Watts.

Charlie Wattswho, sadly, passed away in August. 2021 of the year, went down in history as an irreplaceable figure in the world of rock music! This worthy man in every sense was virtuosoand at the same time the quietest, most unassuming member of The Rolling Stones and the rock 'n' roll in general. Charlie's simple-mindedness is what hooked many fans... It was a kindest soul a man! He's never no offenceAnd if I spoke negatively about someone, it was only on the basis of fact, and accompanied my opinion with solid arguments.

Charlie Watts
Charlie Watts

Although he was a member of one of the most popular bands in rock 'n' rollWatts remained passionate to the end of his days. jazzman in his soul. For this reason, he was indifferent to the work of many illustrious compatriots, including The Beatles. Yet he recognised their phenomenon ....

Charlie Watts, Ringo Starr and their ladies.
Charlie Watts, Ringo Starr and their ladies.

Watts wasn't much of a rock 'n' roll fan, and never hid the fact that his true passion has always remained the jazz:

"To tell you the truth, I don't like rock 'n' roll. I love jazz. But I love playing rock 'n' roll with The Stones..."

Groups such as The Beatleshe didn't care as much as a night in a jazz club! But that didn't stop him appreciate what they were creating, even if it wasn't something he listened to for inspiration. In fact, Watts befriended with the Beatles, but never wanted to be one of them:

"The word 'pop' didn't have much meaning in our lives until I met the Beatles. They were great guys and talented musicians, but they weren't what I wanted to be. They didn't put on a fabulous show on stage - none of them moved much during their performances! And they didn't have a good sound as far as I was concerned: it wasn't like Eric Clapton or Jimi Hendrix... I was never a big Beatles fan. And I always hated Elvis. He was the last person who could have any influence on me. Miles Davis yes, but Elvis no!"

Watts continued:

"But the Beatles were a phenomenon. The great thing was the way people looked at them! John Lennon repeating 'la-la-la-la', or Paul McCartney shaking his head... They didn't do anything specific, but the effect of their performances was amazing!"

"He was an amazing man..."

Charlie Watts
Charlie Watts

Although the Beatles never were not to his taste, it didn't mean that Watts didn't share the band members' views as people. The musicians had formed warm friendship relationship, and Charlie always remained sweet to the Beatles. Even during a raucous party, Watts was always willing to lend a helping hand to his colleagues in the industry. From memory Ringo Starr:

"I remember having a party at my house. I had a drum kit in the attic. When Charlie and John (Bonham) came over, we went up in the attic - three drummers determined to have a blast! Bonham sat down at the kit, but because it was a house and not a stage - the kit was nailed to the floor for stability. And when he started to play, the bass drum literally bounced! So Charlie rushed to help him - he held the bass drum to the floor with his hands so John could play...".

Charlie Watts is in the very centre at the top
Charlie Watts is in the very centre at the top

When Watts did notStarr said:

"He was an amazing person... We all knew about his illness but hoped for the best. He wasn't just a first class drummer - he was a great friend, ready to help you in a time of need. He will forever be in our hearts..."

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