Happy Birthday, Bill Wyman!
Wyman created his own instrument of the very first fretless electric bass in 1961 with southern London band The Cliftons. The drummer of The Cliftons and early Rolling Stones, tipped Wyman to audition for rhythm and blues band of Brian Jones, Mick Jagger, and Keith Richards. He joined the group in 1962 as an outsider: married, older, employed, and always having cigarettes.
Wyman kept a journal since he was a child after WWII, and with all the information you bet he wrote about his time with The Rolling Stones! As an author he has written seven books which have sold over two million copies. Wyman is a photographer with photos shown all around the world, he owns the rock-and-roll themed bistro Sticky Fingers Cafe and he created his own “Bill Wyman signature metal detector.” But the most impressive factoid of busy man Wyman is that he is ranked number 10 in Maxim magazine “Living Sex Legends” having had sex with over 1,000 women.
Since he left the Rolling Stones officially in 1994, he has created Bill Wyman’s Rthythm Kings. At the ripe age of 77, Wyman’s Rhythm Kings are going on a 26 gig tour throughout the UK through the end of October and nearly everyday of November. He has reunited with Mick Taylor and the rest of the Stones for their ’50 and Counting’ tour in London last November performing two songs “It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll (But I Like It)” and “Honky Tonk Women.”
Beautiful photos of the band in the early days here.