Charlie Watkins – the WEM man

Charlie Watkins – the WEM man

We lost Charlie at the end of last month, so this Thursday I thought we should all acknowledge what he achieved. He was the man who built those first PA systems and whose letters WEM were on so many a group’s equipment. Plus there was the Watkins Rapier guitar, the Watkins CopiCat tape echo unit and the Watkins Westminster guitar amp. Without Charlie and Jim Marshall, British music would never have been audible across the world. I raise my glass.