Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts died today, age 80. Just three weeks ago he had pulled out of the band’s upcoming tour after undergoing surgery. Watts joined the Rolling Stones in 1963.
While Charlie Watts may be a rock legend, he and his wife, Shirley (whom he married in 1964), were also very respected Arabian horse breeders, at their farm in Devon, Halsdon Arabians. A lifelong equestrian, Shirley wanted to try her hand at small time breeding.
The original intent was to have 20 horses. They ended up with nearly 300. “I’m not good with math,” she said.
One reason Watts wasn’t always thrilled with touring is he did not like leaving the farm for long periods of time.
Looking at the video below, I can see why.