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Bill Wyman (born William George Perks on 24 October 1936) is the former bass guitarist for the English rock and roll band The Rolling Stones from 1962 until 1992. Since 1997, he has recorded and toured with his own band, Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings.
He attended Beckenham and Penge Grammar School from 1947 to Easter
1953, leaving before the GCE exams after his father found him a job
working for a bookmaker and insisted that he take it.
On 29 March 1962, Stephen Paul Wyman, the only child of his marriage
to Diane, was born.
In addition to playing bass, Wyman frequently sang harmony on early records, and through 1967 in concert as well. He sang lead on the track In Another Land, on the Their Satanic Majesties Request album and a single. The song is one of two Wyman compositions recorded by the Rolling Stones; the second is "Downtown Suzie" (sung by Mick Jagger), on Metamorphosis, a collection of Rolling Stones outtakes. The title of "Downtown Suzie" was chosen by the Rolling Stones' erstwhile manager Allen Klein without consulting Wyman or the band; the subject of the song is actually named Lucy.
Wyman kept a journal and used it in writing his 1990 autobiography Stone Alone and his 2002 book Rolling with the Stones. In Stone Alone, Wyman claims to have composed the riff of "Jumpin' Jack Flash," with Brian Jones and drummer Charlie Watts. Wyman mentions that "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" was released as a single only after a 3-2 vote within the band: Wyman, Watts and Jones voted for, Jagger and Richards against, feeling it not sufficiently commercial. By the 1970s, Wyman tired of the monopolization of songwriting and production by Jagger and Richards, and began solo projects. In the 1970s and early 80s he made three solo albums, none successful but all well received by critics. His "(Si, Si) Je Suis Un Rock Star," in July 1981, became a top-20 hit in many countries.
In the mid-1960s, Wyman composed the score of the Ryan O'Neal-Omar Sharif film Green Ice. In the mid-80s, he composed music for films by Italian director Dario Argento: 1985's Phenomena and 1987's Terror At The Opera. Wyman made a cameo appearance in the 1987 British film "Eat The Rich." He produced and managed groups such as Tucky Buzzard.
Wyman was close to Brian Jones; he and Watts were the only members at Jones' funeral in July 1969. Wyman was also friends with guitarist Mick Taylor. Like the Rolling Stones he has worked with Taylor after Taylor's departure from the band.
After the Rolling Stones' 1989-1990 Steel Wheels/Urban Jungle tours,
Wyman called it a day; his decision was announced in December 1992. The
Rolling Stones have continued to record and tour with Darryl Jones on
bass. Wyman says that from the late 1980s Rolling Stones records had
become creatively stagnant, that he lost interest in recording and
touring, and that it was time to retire. Jagger said Wyman was scared of
flying and found touring stressful.
Following his 70th birthday in October 2006, he undertook another British tour.
On the 10 December 2007, Wyman and his band appeared alongside a
reunited Led Zeppelin at the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert at The O2 in
In 1989 Wyman married the eighteen-year-old Mandy Smith, whom he had been dating since she was thirteen; their relationship was the subject of considerable media attention. The marriage ended in 1991, and in 1993 he married Suzanne Accosta. They are still married and have three children