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Ex-Stone Wyman: Stop Using My Name

November 16, 2002

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ATLANTA (AP) _ Bill Wyman is getting sued for being himself.

Wyman, a music writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, was recently notified of legal action against him for having the same name as a former Rolling Stones bassist.

``I must ask that you immediately cease and desist from authorizing or permitting any such use of our client’s name,″ an attorney for Wyman, who left the band in 1993, said in a letter.

The legal threat came after Wyman wrote about some old Rolling Stones’ albums for the newspaper as part of its coverage of the band’s tour.

Wyman has been a pop music writer for more than 20 years. He says he wrote his first review of a Rolling Stones concert in 1981, and went on to cover the band’s tours in 1989, 1994 and 1997.

The letter said Wyman could continue using his name if he added a disclaimer to everything he wrote in the future, ``clearly indicating that (you are) not the same Bill Wyman who was a member of the Rolling Stones.″

The Rolling Stone’s Bill Wyman wasn’t even born with that name. His given name is William George Perks, and he adopted his stage name in admiration for a man he had known named Lee Whyman.

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