Some excellent points, Doug. Charlie was a big fan of Jimmy Miller's playing. He told me he learned a lot from Jimmy.This thread has me thinking about how there are a few Stones tracks that Charlie doesn't play on -- just like there are a few Beatles tracks that Ringo doesn't play on.
Who was Jimmy Miller's biggest influence? It was no doubt Charlie. Short of Keith, Mick and Bill, Jimmy probably heard Charlie's playing more than anyone else (at least up through the "classic" era of the early seventies). Furthermore, he was doubtless recording on Charlie's drums. So it's no surprise that he sounds a lot like Mr. Watts.
And the same goes for Sir McCartney and Sir Starkey. Even more so. Paul stood next to Ringo for how many gigs? Thousands? And there's the additional fact that Paul is a lefty playing a right-handed kit.
So Jimmy is to Charlie as Paul is to Ringo.
It is also interesting that these little facts didn't come to light until decades later. Apparently, no one noticed at the time (or cared) that Charlies didn't play on this cut or that. As long as he was up on stage was all that really mattered.
I know there are a handful of Beatles songs that Paul didn't play bass on. I expect the same is true of the Stones and Mr. Wyman. I wonder if bass players dissect and pontificate about those tracks like we drummers do.