Chris Jagger, the younger brother of Mick, has said Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are not the foundation of The Rolling Stones. Chris explained that statement in a recent interview.
He said, "The Stones was very much based on Charlie and [bassist] Bill [Wyman]. They made those records as good as they are."
Chris occasionally sat in on Charlie Watts’ jazz bands and actually interviewed him a few years ago for a BBC Radio 2 special for late British blues legend Alexis Korner, who played a major role in bringing together The Rolling Stones.
Chris also talked about the late Charlie Watts, saying, "He wasn't fixated on The Rolling Stones, believe me. You know, he had his own life very much, you know. These guys, like [the late Rolling Stones piano player Ian] Stu [Stewart], Charlie as well, the gigs they liked playing were like nice little clubs where everybody gets to listen and you can wander around and it's not some great big stadium. And that was kind of Charlie. He was a pretty down to Earth guy. You know, if you'd have given him the choice that's what he would've done."
[Source: Classic Hits Today]