Bill Wyman

Born Oct 24, 1936

Bill Wyman is an English musician best known as the 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 has worked producing both records and film, and has scored music for film in movies and television. Wyman has kept a journal since he was a child after World War II.… Read More

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1936 Birth Born on October 24, 1936.
1947 10 Years Old He attended Beckenham and Penge County 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. … Read More


1959 22 Years Old 1 More Event
Wyman married his first wife Diane in 1959 and their son Stephen Paul Wyman was born on 29 March 1962. They separated in 1967 and divorced in 1969.
1961 24 Years Old He created a fretless electric bass guitar by removing the frets from a cheap Japanese bass guitar he was reworking and played this in a south London band, the Cliftons, in 1961. … Read More
1962 25 Years Old When drummer Tony Chapman told him that a rhythm and blues band called the Rolling Stones needed a bass player, he auditioned and was hired on 7 December 1962 as a successor to Dick Taylor. … Read More


1967 30 Years Old In addition to playing bass, Wyman frequently provided backing vocals on early records and through 1967 in concert as well. … Read More
1969 32 Years Old …  Wyman was distraught when he heard the news of Jones' death, being one of two members besides Watts to attend Jones' funeral in July 1969. … Read More
1971 34 Years Old Wyman also played on The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions, released 1971, with Howlin' Wolf, Eric Clapton, Charlie Watts and Stevie Winwood, and on the album Jamming with Edward, released in 1972, with Ry Cooder, Nicky Hopkins, Jagger and Watts.


1981 44 Years Old In 1981 Wyman composed the soundtrack album Green Ice for the Ryan O'Neal/Omar Sharif film of the same name. … Read More
1985 48 Years Old In 1985, he was approached by producers working on a movie based on the Vietnam War, who asked him to provide the theme tune. … Read More


1987 50 Years Old He made a cameo appearance in the 1987 film Eat the Rich.
1989 52 Years Old 1 More Event
After the Rolling Stones' 1989–90 Steel Wheels/Urban Jungle Tours, Wyman left the group; his decision was announced in January 1993. … Read More
1993 56 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1993, while Wyman was still married to Smith, Stephen, his son from his first marriage, married Smith's mother, thereby making Stephen his own step-grandfather.


2005 68 Years Old Treasure detecting adventures in the British Isles are detailed in his 2005 illustrated book Treasure Islands co-written with Richard Havers. … Read More
2006 69 Years Old …  Following his 70th birthday in October 2006, Wyman undertook another British tour. … Read More
2009 72 Years Old In 2009, he quit smoking after 55 years.
2016 79 Years Old In March 2016, it was announced that Wyman had been diagnosed with prostate cancer and was expected to make a full recovery. … Read More
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