Bill pays tribute to Gordon Whyman – the man behind ‘Wyman’

Bill has paid tribute to his old friend Gordon Lee Whyman – who was the inspiration behind Bill’s name – and who has sadly passed away.

Bill revealed his friend, who Bill had known since his time in the RAF in Germany in 1955/6 – and who remained a great friend until the present day – has sadly passed away. Gordon was aged 79, and passed away in hospital in Horncastle in Lincolnshire on September 23.

Bill also revealed an amazing bit of history behind the relationship: Gordon Whyman was the friend that Bill says he took his name from, differing only the spelling.

Bill paid tribute to his friend, and says the he was a brilliant footballer. Both Bill and Gordon are shown in the photo above (both are ringed in red), and Bill also sent a photo taken with Gordon from a recent Rhythm Kings gig in Kings Lynn (below).

Gordon will be sadly missed.



  1. Nice words Bill. I am one of Gordon’s golfing friends and visited him regularly in hospital. He regularly commented on his football prowess no matter how much we groaned! A great guy with a mischievous humour and a heart of gold. He will be missed by his many friends in Lincolnshire.

  2. Got to know Gordon and his late wife the beautiful gentle Anne as they were regulars in the pub I had The Mall in Woodhall Spa Lincs. Gordon was an amazing man. Kind, Honest, Funny. Generous , Handsome man, and not a bad golfer, Great company to be in , Thank you Gordon. Always had Wild Horses playing on the Juke Box one of Anne and Gordon favourite songs , was played at Anne funeral. God Bless you Gordon x

  3. Gordon Whyman was a really good friend of mine. He was one of life’s true gentlemen. He used to tell me stories about him and Bill and he valued their friendship enormously. I take my hat off to Bill Wyman that through all the glamour of his showbiz life he never forgot Gordon and their friendship. It says so much about Bill that he didn’t forget his national service buddy.

  4. great that bill remembers his old mates , Gordon was one of the good guys who had many friends in woodhall spa and often spoke kindly of the wyman imposter

  5. Bill also served with my Dad (Mike Wieland) in Germany (MT Section) where I was born (1956). He babysat my brother & I a few times so Mum & Dad could go out for the evening

    • Bill Wyman is a very decent man. He’s paid great tributes to Brian Jones. I’ve recently read his book, ‘Stone Alone.’ Bill is so streetwise and smart. It’s a pity Keith Richards and Mick Jagger didn’t listen to Bill on that fateful day they met Allen Keith at his suite in the Hilton in London.


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