Charlie Watts doesn't believe The Rolling Stones are the best rock 'n' band ever.

The drummer with the 'Honky Tonk Women' group plays down the idea that the Rolling Stones - which are now comprised of himself, Sir Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood - were the greatest band in the world, as they were introduced in 1969.

He told Classic Rock magazine: 'What about Little Richard? Then you have Dave Bartholomew and Fats Domino. Chuck Berry's studio band - there isn't a better rock 'n' roll band.

'That's where we got it from. 'Roll over Beethoven' by everybody else is a joke. We came close sometimes with 'Little Queenie' or 'Around and Around'.'

Charlie, who is known for his impeccable dress sense, also said he once lived off a diet of 'peanuts and sultanas' to lose weight he had gained through living the rock 'n' roll lifestyle.

He added: 'In the early to mid-80s I took drugs and that, and then by the mid 80s I stopped that but I drank rather heavily.

'I ballooned a bit and, god, I couldn't get some of my trousers done up. That was it. I stopped everything. I lived on nuts, peanuts and sultanas. That's all I ate for months.

'A well made suit that you try to keep getting into for 30 years is an incentive. I still wear clothes I bought 30 years ago. They cost so much money I refuse to let them go.'

The Rolling Stones are currently rehearsing in preparation of their 50th anniversary in 2013.