Charlie Watts drew a diagram of each bed he slept in.
rolling stones drummerThe 80-year-old began painting in 1968 while on tour and did so until his death on Tuesday (August 24).
Watts said rolling rock: “I draw a sketch of every bedroom I sleep in. I’ve drawn every bed I’ve slept in on tour since 1968.”
He later explained why it had become a hobby for him, telling Su Luli desert island discs: “It’s a diary. Now I can’t miss one because it’s like ruining a ‘day in the life’. So I draw every bed I sleep in when I’m on tour with the Rolling Stones.”
After Watts’ death, there was an outpouring of love from musicians around the world.
Fellow drummer, Ringo Starr tweeted: “God bless Charlie Watts, we will miss you man of peace and love to the family. Ringo.”
As Max Weinberg, Bruce Springsteen’s longtime drummer, wrote: “My personal hero Charlie Watts passed away on a very sad day. I’m broken and my soul is aching for Shirley, Seraphina, extended Watts family and of course his bandmates. I don’t know what to really say. Charlie Watts is laying Rest in peace my friend…”
A statement issued by the drummer’s publicist said: “He died peacefully in a London hospital earlier today, surrounded by his family.”