Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts once punched Mick Jagger in the face

The Rolling Stones’ drummer, the late Charlie Watts, once punched his fellow bandmate Mick Jagger in the face during an argument.

Lead guitarist Keith Richards wrote about the altercation between the pair in his bestselling autobiography Life.

The disagreement stemmed from a comment that Mick had made in a meeting about whether the Stones should break up, where he was acting as if he were more important than the rest of the band.

According to Keith, Mick told Charlie: “‘None of this should matter to you because you’re only my drummer.”

Later, Keith recalled in his book, a drunken Mick antagonised Charlie over the phone, asking him “where’s my drummer?”.

Charlie, who was in a hotel room down the corridor from Mick reportedly proceeded to have a shave, put on one of his Savile Row suits, and spray some cologne before knocking on the door of his bandmate.

When the door opened, Charlie walked straight past Keith and grabbed Mick by the lapels of his jacket, gave him a right hook, and said “never call me your drummer again”.

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Keith recalled how Mick promptly stumbled backwards with the force of the blow, fell onto a platter of smoked salmon and nearly slid through an open window into the nearby canal.

Both Keith and Mick paid tribute to Charlie, after the musician passed away on Tuesday, August 24, at the age of 80.

Mick took to Instagram to share the picture of his bandmate smiling while sat behind a drum kit.

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He posted no caption with the poignant tribute.

His fans took to the comments to share their messages of love and support.

"Charlie brought so much love and smiles to so many. He is a legend now and always will be," penned one.

"Sending you all so much love," added another.

Keith also paid tribute with a single photo, this time of a drum kit with a closed sign on it.

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