‘American Pickers’ Star Mike Wolfe Pens Touching Tribute to Late Rolling Stones Drummer Charlie Watts

by Taylor Cunningham

American Picker’s Mike Wolfe has joined the long list of celebrities who are paying tribute to Charlie Watts. Watts, the world-famous drummer for The Rolling Stones, died today at a hospital in London. He was 80 years old.

“60 years in the Stones a legend forever. RIP Charlie Watts,” Wolfe wrote on Instagram.

Rock and roll fans were left heartbroken when Watts’ publicist, Bernard Doherty broke the news of his passing. And many consider him the greatest drummer of all time. He started his career as a jazz drummer and joined The Rolling Stones in 1964.

Singer Keith Richards referred to Watts as “the key” to the group and enjoyed testing Watts by changing the beat midway through a song. The talented drummer always met the challenge—flawlessly.

Watts was famously unimpressed by the rock and roll lifestyle. In an interview with The Guardian, Watts said, “Girls chasing you down the street, screaming … horrible!… I hated it!”

Fans joined Mike Wolfe in mourning by offering their own condolences. They commented by saying, “
An absolute pillar of rock n roll. Rip legend,” and “RIP Charlie. You will be missed.”

In the announcement today, Doherty said, “Charlie was a cherished husband, father, and grandfather and also as a member of The Rolling Stones one of the greatest drummers of his generation.”

Mike Wolfe on the Value of Junk

Mike Wolfe has traveled the country in search of lost treasures locked inside old barns and homes. And though he has a clear love for other people’s “junk”—and always has— he couldn’t express why.  But that changed when he met a stranger in 2015.

In a blog post on his website, Antique Archeology, Wolfe wrote about a meeting a woman who helped him understand the beauty of old things.

“One the best things about traveling two lanes, picking through piles of dust and rust, is the people you meet along the way,” he began. “On the road in Virginia last year, I met a hard bargaining woman from Portugal at The Car & Carriage Caravan Museum at Luray Caverns,” he continued. “I heard a lot of nos that day (and even saw one as she wrote it in the dust of an old truck fender), but she also said something while we were there that totally summed up the importance of our American Made “junk”.

The woman explained to Mike Wolfe that in Portugal, everything is old. History fills the whole country. So, when she moved to the US, she didn’t think our antiques were impressive.

“Where I come from, everything is so old, so I saw something here that was 100 years, 150 years…I thought, well, it’s basically just junk.” But throughout the years, she began to appreciate it. “It’s not the time spent, it’s what’s accomplished in a little time, and for that, what happened in America is unique.”

Her perspective was eye-opening to Mike Wolfe. He ended his post by writing, “Our American story, our progress, it’s unique, and the junk that tells that story, that shows that progress… well, it’s just priceless!”