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SiriusXM relaunches Rolling Stones Radio in tribute to late drummer

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SiriusXM Pandora has relaunched Rolling Stones Radio on it satellite radio and companion streaming service in honor of the band’s late drummer Charlie Watts.

The channel will air in place of Deep Tracks (Channel 27) on SiriusXM’s radio and streaming platform through the end of the month.

“SiriusXM has brought back Rolling Stones Radio to honor Watts’ drumming legacy and history in the band,” a SiriusXM spokesperson said in a statement.

Watts became a founding member of the Rolling Stones in the early 1960, recording and touring with the band’s other members Keith Richards, Mick Jagger and Brian Jones.

Watts won three Grammy Awards and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his work with the Rolling Stones, and the band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1989.

The band honored Watts in a video released shortly after his death on August 24. Watts was scheduled to miss the upcoming “No Filter U.S.” tour, which starts next month, due to an unspecified medical ailment.

Watts died on August 24 at the age of 80.

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