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Rolling Stones Interview Flashback: Remembering Charlie Watts through Bill Wyman

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Today the world learned that Charlie Watts, drummer for The Rolling Stones for over a half century, has passed away at a London hospital. He was 80, and Watts had announced he would not tour with the Stones in 2021 because of an undefined health issue.

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FILE - Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones poses for a portrait on Nov. 14, 2016, in New York. Watts' publicist, Bernard Doherty, said Watts passed away peacefully in a London hospital surrounded by his family on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021. He was 80. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP, File)

Many guests over the years have had connections to Charlie, but perhaps none more than longtime Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman. Bill spoke to HPR's Dave Lawrence in 2005, and while the conversation is not centered around Charlie, he comes up several times.

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Hear the complete interview with Bill Wyman:


Dave Lawrence is the local host of All Things Considered, Road Stories (formerly Off the Road), and Stargazer.
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