Beatle Paul McCartney posted a video message in which he offered his condolences to Watts’ family and the band saying, “He was a lovely guy. I knew he was ill, but I didn’t know he was this ill.”
McCartney then went on to characterize Watts as a musician.
“Charlie was a rock,” said McCartney, “and a fantastic drummer. Steady as a rock.”
Friend Elton John called Watts, “the ultimate drummer.” The sartorially-minded John also remembered Watts as, “The most stylish of men, and such brilliant company.”
Who legend Pete Townshend recalled that Watts cried at Keith Moon’s funeral lamenting, “I wish I was capable of such tears today. Instead I just want to say goodbye.