Bill Wyman to auction off his Rolling Stones Archive

Julien’s Auctions will present property from Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman, featuring at the centerpiece over 1,000 lots selected from Wyman’s renowned and vast archive.
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NOTE: Rescheduled to Sept 12-13

Beverly Hills, California – (February 13th, 2020) – Julien’s Auctions, the auction house to the stars, is honored to present property from BILL WYMAN AND HIS ROLLING STONES ARCHIVE COURTESY OF RIPPLE PRODUCTIONS LIMITED, live in Beverly Hills and online at juliensauctions.com. This spectacular auction of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted English musician, record producer, songwriter and singer, will feature at the centerpiece over 1,000 lots selected from Wyman’s renowned and vast archive. The archive contains not only an unprecedented collection of his instruments, stage worn ensembles, awards, personal items and artifacts collected during his illustrious three-decade career as a founding member and bassist of the World’s Greatest Rock Band, the Rolling Stones, but also important instruments and artifacts from his ongoing solo career.

Bill Wyman’s 1962 VOX AC30 ‘Normal’ model amplifier

Bill Wyman’s 1962 VOX AC30 ‘Normal’ model amplifier

For the next three decades, “The Quiet One’s” innovative, subtle and solid bass lines in lock step with Watts’ drumming provided the powerhouse drive and pulse for The Stones’ classic albums and some of Rock ‘N’ Roll’s greatest hits: “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” (Out of Our Heads, 1965), “Paint It, Black” (Aftermath, 1966), “19th Nervous Breakdown” (single release, 1966), “Sympathy for the Devil” (Beggars Banquet, 1968) “Monkey Man” (Let it Bleed, 1969), “Gimme Shelter” (Let it Bleed, 1969), “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” (Let it Bleed, 1969), “Honk Tonk Woman” (single release, 1969), “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” (Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out, 1970), “Sway” (Sticky Fingers, 1971), “Brown Sugar” (Sticky Fingers, 1971), “Start Me Up” (Tattoo You, 1981) and more.

1974 Dan Armstrong Prototype Bass

1974 Dan Armstrong Prototype Bass

In addition to playing bass in the band, Wyman contributed his vocal and songwriting talents on two of The Stones’ early recordings and performances including lead vocals and composition of “In Another Land” from their 1967 album Their Satanic Majesties Request and “Downtown Suzie” written by Wyman and sung by Jagger on the 1975 Metamorphosis compilation. From the mid-1970s and onward, Wyman recorded three solo albums that produced the Top 20 hit “(Si Si) Je Suis un Rock Star,” from his self-titled album; Monkey Grip which produced the hit “It’s a Wonder;” and Stone Alone. Wyman also played on The London Howlin’ Wolf Sessions 1971 album with Howlin’ Wolf members, Eric Clapton, Charlie Watts and Steve Winwood and on the 1972 album, Jamming with Edward, featuring Ry Cooder, Nicky Hopkins, Jagger and Watts. In the 1980s, he composed music for the films Green Ice and Dario Argento’s horror classics, Phenomena and Terror at the Opera. In 1989, Wyman with the Rolling Stones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2004.

In 1993, Wyman left the Rolling Stones to pursue other projects and new musical endeavors including the formation of Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings the acclaimed rhythm and blues band, and his fourth solo album, Back To Basics. Since 1996, The Rhythm Kings have recorded six studio albums and two live albums which produced the singles, “Groovin,’” “Can’t Get My Rest at Night,” “Gambler’s Lament,” “That’s How Heartaches Are Made,” and “I Know (You Don’t Love Me No More)” with a rotation of some of the top musical artists of all time including Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Peter Frampton, Mark Knopfler, Mick Taylor and more. 

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