Charles Watkins 1923-2014
It is with great sadness that we report that audio pioneer Charles Watkins passed away recently at the age of 91, on October 28, 2014. Charles invented the Watkins Copicat, a tape loop based echo unit first introduced 1958. It was originally inspired by the Morino Marini Quartet who made famous the song, Come Prima, which contained a special use of repeated phrasings. The Copicat revolutionised sound processing and had a huge influence on music during the 1960s and 1970s. Charles also founded the WEM ( Watkins Electric Music) company and their amps, mixers and effects were used by everyone from Jimi Hendrix and the Rolling Stones to The Who, Jeff Beck, Gary Moore, Hank Marvin and Pink Floyd.