Rolling Stones: Tumbling Dice


In honour of Stones drummer Charlie Watts who has died at 80: This was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards for the Stones’ 1972 double album Exile on Main St. As a single it reached No 7 in the US and number 5 in the UK.

Here is a live performance which appears on the 1974 Ladies and Gentlemen film:

I can’t select an outstanding Watts track but that was not the point – he was part of the background to the stars Jagger and Richards. He was not paid to be in the front line.


One Reply to “Rolling Stones: Tumbling Dice”

  1. Charlie was brilliant and Tumbling Dice is as good an example of his drumming as any. It’s hard to explain why he was good – he just was. So unfussy, he looked like he was on the way to somewhere else and was just tapping the drums to pass a bit of time.

    “Let It Rock” is great, no wasted beats from Charlie.

    The live at Leeds version of “Let It Rock” is the best. B-side of “Brown Sugar”. I always put this any any juke box I find it on and it always raises eyebrows (except on people who’ve had Botox).

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