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Bill Wyman

As a member of the Rolling Stones for three decades, Bill Wyman established himself among the greatest bassists in rock & roll history; in tandem with drummer Charlie Watts, he belonged to one of the most stalwart rhythm sections in popular music, perfectly complementing the theatrics of Mick Jagger and the gritty guitar leads of Keith Richards. Born William Perks in London on October 24, 1936, Wyman was playing in a group called the Cliftons when he was asked to join the Stones in mid-1962, replacing bassist (and future Pretty Things member) Dick Taylor. Reportedly asked to join the group mainly because he had his own amplifier, he was, at age 25, by several years the oldest member of the group. Regardless, his chemistry with the other bandmembers was immediate, and with the subsequent arrival of Watts, the classic Rolling Stones lineup was soon cemented.

The rest, of course, is history, and before too long the Stones were widely recognized as the World's Greatest Rock & Roll Band. In 1974, Wyman became the first from their ranks to record a solo LP, the all-star Monkey Grip; two years later, he repeated the trick with Stone Alone. In 1981, Wyman scored a solo hit single with the witty dance tune "(Si Si) Je Suis un Rock Star," a song Wyman had originally written for Ian Dury; the song also appeared on his self-titled third solo album, released in 1982. Wyman's next major side project was the 1985 cover band Willie and the Poor Boys; specializing in vintage rock & roll and rhythm & blues, the combo also included Watts, Ron Wood, Jimmy Page, and Paul Rodgers. The project only spawned one studio album, but a live album from the group appeared in 1994. While rarely the recipient of the kind of media attention given his more notorious bandmates, Wyman found himself at the center of scandal in 1989 when he married 19-year-old model Mandy Smith, whom he'd begun dating when she was just 13 years old; they divorced in 1991. In the wake of the scandal, Wyman released a solo album in 1992, Stuff, which was only distributed in Japan and Argentina.

In January 1993, Wyman confirmed long-simmering rumors when he publicly announced his departure from the Stones, and revealed plans to publish an autobiography, Stone Alone, which arrived in book shops in in 1997. Also in 1997, Wyman formed a new band, the Rhythm Kings, a project similar to Willie and the Poor Boys devoted to classic R&B, which featured guitarists Peter Frampton and Albert Lee as well former Procol Harum keyboardist Gary Brooker. The group debuted with the LP Struttin' Our Stuff, followed in 1999 by Anyway the Wind Blows. Wyman greeted the new century with a string of albums including Groovin' (2000), Double Bill (2001), Just for a Thrill (2005), and numerous live recordings and compilations. In 2007, Wyman and the Rhythm Kings were the opening act for Led Zeppelin's wildly anticipated reunion concert at London's O2 Arena. In 2015, Wyman announced he was releasing a new studio album, Back to Basics, his first collection of original songs in over two decades, in June 2015. ~ Jason Ankeny & Mark Deming
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Selected Discography

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Track List: A Stone Alone: The Solo Anthology 1974-2002

Disc 1

1. I Wanna Get Me A Gun

2. Monkey Grip Glue

3. What A Blow

4. White Lightnin'

5. I'll Pull You Through

6. It's A Wonder

7. A Quarter To Three

8. Soul Satisfying

9. Peanut Butter Time

10. If You Wanna Be Happy

11. What's The Point

12. Ride On Baby

13. A New Fashion

14. Nuclear Reactions

15. Come Back Suzanne

16. Girls

17. (Si Si) Je Suis Un Rock Star

18. Stuff (Can't Get Enough)

19. This Strange Effect

20. Blue Murder (Lies)

Disc 2

1. Baby Please Don't Go (live)

2. You Never Can Tell

3. Let's Talk It Over

4. Mystery Train

5. Tear It Up (live)

6. Land Of A Thousand Dances

7. Let The Good Times Roll

8. Rockin' Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu

9. Georgia On My Mind

10. I'm Ready

11. Lead Me To The Water

12. Baby Workout

13. I'll Be Satisfied

14. Chicken Shack Boogie

15. Love Letters

16. Jitterbug Boogie

17. Melody

18. Stop Her On Sight (Sos)

19. Midnight Special

20. Jump Jive An' Wail (live)

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Track List: The Bill Wyman Compendium

Disc 1

2. Crazy Woman

3. P**sy

4. Mighty Fine Time

5. Monkey Grip Glue

6. What A Blow

7. White Lightnin'

8. I'll Pull You Thro'

9. It's A Wonder

10. A Quarter To Three

12. Soul Satisfying

13. Apache Woman

14. Every Sixty Seconds

15. Get It On

16. Feet

17. Peanut Butter Time

18. Wine And Wimmen

19. If You Wanna Be Happy

Disc 2

1. What's The Point

2. No More Foolin'

3. Ride On Baby

4. A New Fashion

5. Nuclear Reactions

6. Visions

7. Jump Up

8. Come Back Suzanne

9. Rio De Janeiro

10. Girls

11. Seventeen

12. (Si Si) Je Suis Un Rock Star

14. It's Just A Matter Of Time

15. If You Got The Feelin'

16. Five Card Stud

17. High Flying Bird

18. Back To School Again

19. Can't Put Your Picture Down

20. Love Is Such A Wonderful Thing

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Track List: Stuff

1. If I Was A Doo Doo Doo

2. Like A Knife

3. Stuff (Can't Get Enough)

4. Leave Your Hat On

5. This Strange Effect

6. Mama Rap

7. She Danced

8. Fear Of Flying

9. Affected By The Towns

10. Blue Murder (Lies)

11. Stuff (Can't Get Enough)

12. Blue Murder (Lies)

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Track List: Monkey Grip (Exp)

1. I Wanna Get Me A Gun

2. Crazy Woman

3. P**sy

4. Mighty Fine Time

5. Monkey Grip Glue

6. What A Blow

7. White Lightnin'

8. I'll Pull You Thro'

9. It's A Wonder

10. Wine & Wimmen [early Version]

11. It's Just A Matter Of Time

12. If You've Got The Feelin'

13. Five Card Stud

14. Monkey Grip Glue [single Edit]

15. What A Blow [single Edit]

16. White Lightnin' [single Edit]

17. P**sy [single Mix]

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LOVED THE OLD JOE COCKER TUNE,,,,,
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The Stones should have broken up after Exile On Main St. That was their last good album before they became incomprehens i b l e and boring.
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syrups9907
10/24/11 - 75 years old today.
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magruver
REALLY enjoy this band lots, Please dont go, ... Rock On !!

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