Bill Wyman

Genres: Blues Doo Wop Pop / Rock
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Biography

William George Perks, 24 October 1936, Lewisham, South London, England. Though his recruitment by the Rolling Stones may have saved him from a more mundane life, Wyman’s frustrated artistic ambition - particularly as a composer - deserves a measure of sympathy. 1967’s ‘In Another Land’ (b/w ‘2000 Light Years From Home’) failed to reach the US Top 40, and only one other opus written solely by Wyman was ever released by the band. Speculating in artist management and record production in the 60s, he was, nevertheless, able to foist some of his material onto the End, Bobbie Miller and other unsuccessful clients.

By the mid-70s, Wyman’s songs were heard by a much wider public when he issued his first solo record, Monkey Grip, on which he was accompanied mostly by Los Angeles session players. Amid hearsay that he was serving his notice with the Rolling Stones, 1976’s Stone Alone and its single - an overhaul...

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