Bill Wyman (born William George Perks Jr., 24 October 1936) is an English musician, record producer, songwriter and singer.
He was the bass guitarist for the English rock and roll band the Rolling Stones from 1962 until 1993.
In 1985, he was approached by producers working on a movie based on the Vietnam War, who asked him to provide the theme tune.
He completed a demo cover version of the 1969 song Spirit in the Sky and sent it off to them for review.
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.
The band was impressed by his instrument and amplifiers (one of which Wyman modified himself).
In Stone Alone, Wyman claims to have composed the riff of "Jumpin' Jack Flash" with Brian Jones and drummer Charlie Watts.
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.
As a businessman he owns several establishments, including the Sticky Fingers Café, a rock and roll-themed bistro serving American cuisine, which first opened in 1989 in Kensington. in Lewisham Hospital in Lewisham, south London, the son of Molly (née Jeffery) and William Perks, a bricklayer.
One of five children, Wyman spent most of his early life living in a terraced house in one of the roughest streets in Sydenham, southeast London.
He describes his childhood as "scarred by poverty". 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 (equivalent to £1,099 in 2016 and played this in a south London band, the Cliftons, in 1961.
He used the stage name Lee Wyman (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.