Bill Wyman
British musician
Bill Wyman
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.
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Eleven More Bass Players Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Huffington Post - 3 months
"You ask the average person what a bass is, or what a bass sounds like, and most of the time, they don't know. But remove the bass from any piece of music and suddenly it becomes the largest missing piece in the world! Whoa, fifty percent of the music just went away with one instrument! It is an instrument that is much more conspicuous by its absence than by its presence..." As told to this writer by Michael J. Visceglia, bassist, author, educator, recording artist The 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees were revealed a few weeks ago and I congratulate all the artists: Bad Brains, Chaka Khan, Chic, Depeche Mode, Electric Light Orchestra, J. Geils Band, Jane's Addiction, Janet Jackson, Joan Baez, Joe Tex, Journey, Kraftwerk, MC 5, Pearl Jam, Steppenwolf, The Cars, The Zombies, Tupac Shakur, and Yes. Some of the choices are obvious to me, some less so. A few leave me bewildered, but that's rock and roll...the mistakes make the music real. And I see that a few of the nomi ...
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Letter: Police Shooting of a Mentally Ill Woman
NYTimes - 4 months
A psychiatrist writes that “police officers need training to recognize symptoms of mental illness and choose emergency rooms over jail cells.”
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Police: Officers Kill Woman Barricaded in Home With a Child
ABC News - 7 months
Baltimore County police says officers fatally shoot woman barricaded in apartment with child
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Full Episode: GMA 05/03/16: US Serviceman Killed by ISIS in Iraq
ABC News - 10 months
Inside the 2016 Met Ball; Woman Says She Regained Sight After 21 Years of Blindness
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Why Two Men Are Fighting Over Custody Of Terminally Ill Woman’s Children
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Adriane was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer two years ago and says that when she is gone, she wants her husband of eight years, John, to raise her two children, age 13 and 14, instead of their biological father, her ex-husband, Rick. She and John claim that Rick is a drug addict who steals from his children and refuses to pay child support. “Rick is a lying, lazy, deadbeat dad,” Adriane says. “My final wish in life is that the kids would be able to stay with John, that he would be able to raise them, and that they would not be raised by Rick.” Rick denies Adriane and John’s allegations, says they are out to get him, and he’s tired of them alienating him from his children. “John, basically, brainwashed my kids against me,” he says. John says Adriane’s children, whom he has raised for the last eight years, “mean the world to me” and he’s ready to do what it takes so the kids can remain with him. “Rick needs to understand that what’s best for these kids is ...
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Let It Bleed, Bro: The Rolling Stones Take the Sixties By Storm
Huffington Post - over 1 year
The sixties were -- mostly -- way cool. Lights and darks. Highs and lows. Cheers and tears. Always, excitement. Despite the roller-coaster extremes of what was going on, those of us who partied hard in that decade will always remember it as the best of times. And the worst of times. This generation is sick of hearing all that. I can dig it. But those of us who lived it have it carved in stone in our collective memories. A lot of shit went down. It wasn't just our long hair. We didn't need technological devices that the "Looking-Down" (at cell phones) generation of today depend upon to function. Technology is their new drug, adding layers of distance from face to face real-life, and creating anxiety with "social media" pressure. We looked into each other's blood-shot eyes and spoke live. We didn't need to look at a screen to know how to act. We believed in a form of hip chaos. We didn't worry about ending sentences with a preposition. "W ...
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Let It Bleed, Bro: The Rolling Stones Take the Sixties By Storm
Huffington Post - over 1 year
The sixties were -- mostly -- way cool. Lights and darks. Highs and lows. Cheers and tears. Always, excitement. Despite the roller-coaster extremes of what was going on, those of us who partied hard in that decade will always remember it as the best of times. And the worst of times. This generation is sick of hearing all that. I can dig it. But those of us who lived it have it carved in stone in our collective memories. A lot of shit went down. It wasn't just our long hair. We didn't need technological devices that the "Looking-Down" (at cell phones) generation of today depend upon to function. Technology is their new drug, adding layers of distance from face to face real-life, and creating anxiety with "social media" pressure. We looked into each other's blood-shot eyes and spoke live. We didn't need to look at a screen to know how to act. We believed in a form of hip chaos. We didn't worry about ending sentences with a preposition. "Where the party at?" My crew wa ...
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Rolling Stones' Bill Wyman culling his car herd at Goodwood Festival of Speed
Fox News - almost 2 years
A unique vehicle history report.
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'Satisfaction' guaranteed - Stones' bassist Wyman sells cars
Reuters.com - almost 2 years
LONDON (Reuters) - A Mercedes-Benz sedan and a Citroen with a Maserati engine that Rolling Stones bass player Bill Wyman says he used to drive to recording sessions and to visit artists and writers...
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Police Kill Woman In Gunfight Inside Atlanta Cop Car
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Atlanta police said officers fatally shot a woman who may have been handcuffed in the back of a police car after she somehow pulled a pistol and fired at them twice Thursday evening. Alexa Christian, a 25-year-old mother of two, died at a hospital after the gunfight. Christian was placed in the back of the police cruiser after two police officers claimed they found her inside of a car that had been reported stolen, according to WSB-TV. The officers reportedly frisked her and found drugs, but not a weapon. The woman, possibly handcuffed, somehow got her hands on a pistol and fired at at least twice, The Associated Press reported. The officers were uninjured and shot back, leaving Christian mortally wounded, TV station WXIA reported. TV video showed a bullet hole in the police car rear window. County jail records showed Christian had a record of multiple arrests. Among her eight busts in Fulton County since 2006 were accusations of auto theft, selling marijuana and ...
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Missing Drexel Hill Woman DeGuio; Center City 3D Display Approved; Beats by Dre Murder Life Sentence
iradio philly - almost 2 years
Upper Darby police are asking for the public's help in finding a 25-year-old Drexel Hill woman that has been missing since last June. Amanda De Guio has not been seen since June 7th, 2014 when she left her home. Since then the...
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Bill Wyman, Lighthouse
Daily Echo - about 3 years
BILL Wyman's trademark upright style bass may no longer be as vertical as it was; his playing remains minimalist and he is as inert as ever, but at 77 he is entitled to slow down a bit.
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Woman shot after car chase from White House to Capitol
USA Today - over 3 years
Police with drawn guns swarm the area around Capitol Hill. Woman driver believed dead.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bill Wyman
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 79
    In March 2016, it was announced that Wyman had been diagnosed with prostate cancer and was expected to make a full recovery.
    More Details Hide Details Wyman is namechecked in the 1986 Smithereens song "Behind the Wall of Sleep". Bill Wyman has authored or co-authored the following titles: The last three books and Bill Wyman's Treasure Islands were all written in collaboration with Richard Havers.
  • 2009
    Age 72
    In 2009, he quit smoking after 55 years.
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  • 2006
    Age 69
    Following his 70th birthday in October 2006, Wyman undertook another British tour.
    More Details Hide Details On 10 December 2007, Wyman and his band appeared alongside a reunited Led Zeppelin at the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert at the O2 in London. Wyman was a judge for the 5th annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists' careers. In 2009, ex-Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor was invited as a guest performer with Wyman's Rhythm Kings. On 25 October 2009, Wyman performed a reunion show with Faces, filling in for the late Ronnie Lane as he had previously done in 1986 and 1993. On 19 April 2011, pianist Ben Waters released an Ian Stewart tribute album titled Boogie 4 Stu. Wyman played on two tracks: "Rooming House Boogie" and "Watchin' the River Flow", the latter recorded with the Rolling Stones. Wyman's bass sound came not only from his homemade fretless bass, but the "walking bass" style he adopted, inspired by Willie Dixon and Ricky Fenson. Wyman has played a number of basses, including a Framus Star bass and a number of other Framus basses, a Vox Teardrop bass (issued as a Bill Wyman signature model), a Fender Mustang Bass, two Ampeg Dan Armstrong basses, a Gibson EB-3, and a Travis Bean bass. Since the late 1980s, Wyman has primarily played Steinberger basses. Wyman's amplifiers over the years have included a Vox T-60, a piggyback Fender Bassman, a Hiwatt bass stack, and an Ampeg SVT. Wyman, especially in the early Stones' years, had a distinctive way of holding his bass – almost vertically.
  • 2005
    Age 68
    Treasure detecting adventures in the British Isles are detailed in his 2005 illustrated book Treasure Islands co-written with Richard Havers.
    More Details Hide Details Wyman is a keen photographer. He has taken photographs throughout his career and in June 2010 launched a retrospective of his work in an exhibition in St. Paul de Vence. The exhibition included images of his music acquaintances as well as famous artists from the South of France including Marc Chagall.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1993
    Age 56
    In April 1993 he married Suzanne Accosta.
    More Details Hide Details The couple have three daughters. Wyman lives in a country house in Suffolk and in St. Paul de Vence in the South of France; in St. Paul de Vence his friends include numerous artists. He is a cricket supporter and played in a celebrity match at the Oval against a former England XI taking a hat-trick. He is a lifelong Crystal Palace FC fan. Wyman started selling metal detectors in 2007.
    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.
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  • 1989
    Age 52
    On 2 June 1989, aged 52, Wyman married 18-year-old Mandy Smith whom he had been dating since she was 13 and he was 47 years old. According to Smith, their relationship was sexually consummated when she was 14 years old. Their relationship was the subject of considerable media attention. The marriage ended in spring 1991, although the divorce was not finalised until 1993.
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    After the Rolling Stones' 1989–90 Steel Wheels/Urban Jungle Tours, Wyman left the group; his decision was announced in January 1993.
    More Details Hide Details The Rolling Stones have continued to record and tour with Darryl Jones on bass. On 24 October 2012, the Stones announced that Wyman and Mick Taylor were expected to join them on stage at the upcoming shows in London (25 and 29 November) and Newark (13 and 15 December). Richards went on to say that the pair would strictly be guests, and Darryl Jones would continue to supply the bass for the majority of the show. He said, "Darryl doesn't get enough recognition. He and Bill can talk about songs they want to step in and out of." At the first London show on 25 November, Wyman played on two back-to-back tracks: "It's Only Rock 'n Roll" and "Honky Tonk Women". He later stated that he was not interested in joining the band for further tour dates in 2013.
  • 1987
    Age 50
    He made a cameo appearance in the 1987 film Eat the Rich.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1985
    Age 48
    In 1985, he was approached by producers working on a movie based on the Vietnam War, who asked him to provide the theme tune.
    More Details Hide Details He completed a demo cover version of the 1969 song Spirit in the Sky and sent it off to them for review. The producers' feedback was highly positive, but they soon ran out of money and had to scrap the project. The demo tape was apparently lost, but on an audio CD included with Bill Wyman's Scrapbook in 2013, he says that "somebody out there must have heard it because four months later – in the June of that year – Doctor and the Medics appeared with the release of their version of that song which eventually went to number one for three weeks. A coincidence perhaps? Still, such is life."
  • 1981
    Age 44
    In 1981 Wyman composed the soundtrack album Green Ice for the Ryan O'Neal/Omar Sharif film of the same name.
    More Details Hide Details In the mid-1980s he composed music for two films by Italian director Dario Argento: Phenomena (1985) and Terror at the Opera (1987).
  • THIRTIES
  • 1971
    Age 34
    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.
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  • 1969
    Age 32
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Wyman was also friends with guitarist Mick Taylor. Like the other Rolling Stones, he has worked with Taylor since Taylor's departure from the band in 1974.
  • 1967
    Age 30
    In addition to playing bass, Wyman frequently provided backing vocals on early records and through 1967 in concert as well.
    More Details Hide Details 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 released by the Rolling Stones; the second is "Downtown Suzie" (sung by Mick Jagger), on Metamorphosis, a collection of Rolling Stones outtakes. The title "Downtown Suzie" was chosen by their erstwhile manager Allen Klein without consulting Wyman or the band. The original title was "Sweet Lisle Lucy", named after Lisle Street, a street in the red light district in Soho, London. Wyman kept a journal throughout his life, beginning when he was a child, 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 monopolisation of songwriting and production by Jagger and Richards, began solo projects. In the 1970s and early 1980s he made three solo albums, none commercially very successful but all well received by critics. In July 1981 his "(Si, Si) Je suis un rock star" became a top-20 hit in many countries.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1962
    Age 25
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The band was impressed by his instrument and amplifiers (one of which Wyman built himself), but because he was married, employed, and older, Wyman remained an outsider. Wyman was the oldest member of the group.
  • 1961
    Age 24
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He used the stage name Lee (later Bill) Wyman, taking the surname of a friend with whom he had done national service in the Royal Air Force from 1955 to 1957. He legally changed his surname to Wyman in August 1964.
  • 1959
    Age 22
    A year after his marriage on 24 October 1959 to Diane Cory, an 18-year-old bank clerk, he bought a Burns electric guitar for £52 on hire-purchase, but was not satisfied by his progress.
    More Details Hide Details He switched to bass guitar after hearing one at a Barron Knights concert.
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1947
    Age 10
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Wyman took piano lessons from age 10 to 13.
  • 1936
    Born
    Born on October 24, 1936.
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