‘He was a beautiful human being:’ Ringo Starr pays tribute to ‘great guy’ Charlie Watts following his death

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Ringo Starr has paid tribute to the late Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, who died last month at the age of 80, surrounded by his friends and family.

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The 81-year-old Beatles musician said of his fellow drummer, ‘He was a beautiful man,’ as they recounted their days of wild partying together in the ’70s.

Speaking to MailOnline to promote his new EP Change the World, Ringo said: ‘Charlie was a great guy and a lot of fun and he had a much tougher band to put together than he was. ‘

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‘He was a handsome man’: Ringo Starr pays tribute to late Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts and recalls their days partying wild together in the ’70s (pictured in 2019)

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Looking fondly at Charlie and Led Zeppelin’s one memorable night with John Bonham, Ringo said: ‘I had a party in the ’70s and I had a drum kit in the attic.

‘Charlie came and John Bonham came too and so we have three drummers who are just hanging out and Bonhams has come on the kit.

‘But because it wasn’t like when you’re on stage and you let them down so they stay still, it was right there. So, when he was playing, the bass drum was moving away from him.’

Ringo then described how he and Charlie put the bass drum down on the floor as John played, adding lovingly: ‘We will miss Charlie. He was a handsome man… He was like The Quiet Man.’

FRIENDS: Charlie Watts died last month at the age of 80 surrounded by friends and family and Ringo described him as 'a great man and a lot of fun'.

FRIENDS: Charlie Watts died last month at the age of 80 surrounded by friends and family and Ringo described him as ‘a great man and a lot of fun’.

'We're going to miss you man': Ringo also shared a touching tribute to Charlie on Twitter last month

‘We’re going to miss you man’: Ringo also shared a touching tribute to Charlie on Twitter last month

Despite turning 81 in July, Ringo shows no signs of slowing down his career and is set to release a new EP on Friday.

The music legend recorded tracks in his home studio, Roccabella West, along with several of his talented friends from the music business.

Ringo shared: ‘I’m saying I just want to release an EP at this point and that’s next.

‘What a privilege it has been during this year to have a studio at home and be able to collaborate with so many great musicians, some of whom I’ve worked with before and some new friends.’

Hitmaker: Ringo's new EP is set to release this Friday and was recorded at Ringo's Roccabella West studio, where he joins his A-list musical pals during the lockdown.

Hitmaker: Ringo’s new EP is set to release this Friday and was recorded at Ringo’s Roccabella West studio, where he joins his A-list musical pals during the lockdown.

The lead single Let’s Change the World is an optimistic track with backing vocals from Amy Keys, Zelma Davis, Billy Valentine and Darryl Finesse.

Another track, Just That Way, sees Ringo joining forces with the likes of Tony Chen and Zoe Davis.

Coming Undone represents Ringo’s first collaboration with Linda Perry, who wrote the new track, which included hundreds of other hits—including Christina Aguilera’s Beautiful.

The final track on the EP features Ringo once again with guitarist Joe Walsh to cover the classic ’50s track Rock Around the Clock.

New Music: The lead single Let's Change the World is an optimistic track with backing vocals from Amy Keys, Zelma Davis, Billy Valentine and Darryl Finesse.

New Music: The lead single Let’s Change the World is an optimistic track with backing vocals from Amy Keys, Zelma Davis, Billy Valentine and Darryl Finesse.

Ringo also revealed details of an upcoming documentary by Peter Jackson: The Beatles: Get Back, which is set for release in November.

The three-part series will show the ’emotional ups and downs’ of the band’s final years, including unseen footage from their famous rooftop performance in 1969.

Peter’s new documentary came into being when Apple discovered 56 hours of unused footage from Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s 1970s Band: Let It Be documentary, centered around their final performance together on a London rooftop Is.

Collab: Ringo also revealed details of an upcoming three-part documentary by Peter Jackson: The Beatles: Get Back, set for release in November (pictured together in 2019)

Collab: Ringo also revealed details of an upcoming three-part documentary by Peter Jackson: The Beatles: Get Back, set for release in November (pictured together in 2019)

Revealed: The three-part series will show the 'emotional ups and downs' of the band's final years, including unseen footage from their famous rooftop performance in 1969 (pictured in 1965 with Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison)

Revealed: The three-part series will show the ’emotional ups and downs’ of the band’s final years, including unseen footage from their famous rooftop…

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