The only drummer in The Rolling Stones since its inception passed away today at age 80. He was the core of the band. Married to the same woman since 1964, with as steady a beat as was possible, and always a purveyor of fashion, Charlie was as cool as they came. Everyone loved him (bottom right in photo). Only two, Mick and Keith, remain from the original line-up. Kind of like The Who and The Beatles…

This is a real loss, never replicated. Charlie will forever be deeply missed.

Below: Try to ignore Mick Taylor’s incredible guitar solo if possible and listen to Charlie’s drum work: