Bill Wyman, on hearing music in his army days:
“The only way you could be in a band in those days was to be a very high quality player because there were only dance bands, so I never saw the possibility. I did clarinet for a couple of years at school but I didn’t like that. When skiffle came in I was in the RAF in Northern Germany: we heard skiffle coming through on British Forces Network… I was hearing things like the Grand Ole Opry show when I’d never heard country music before. I used to really like waking up at 6:00 AM before we’d go on duty and lie in bed and listen to all the great singers like Roy Acuff and Flatt & Scruggs. We tuned into the American Forces Network and I heard my first rock ‘n’ roll in 1955. Suddenly I was listening to Elvis, Little Richard, Fats Domino, Jerry Lee, Chuck Berry, and that’s when I really wanted to do it. I was in Germany listening to that stuff probably half a year before they hit England. We started to hear things like Bill Haley and Elvis, and then Little Richard and Chuck Berry. I saw Berry in a film called Rock Rock Rock where he was playing You Can’t Catch Me and I was completely won over.”
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