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Jerry Williams

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1) Sven Erik Fernström (15 April 1942 – 25 March 2018), better known by the stage name Jerry Williams, was a Swedish singer and actor. He began his career as the lead singer of The Violents, before launching a solo career.

In 1962, Williams joined The Violents, a Swedish band that was formed in 1959 influenced by the English instrumental guitar group The Shadows. The band had a number of line-up changes. But when Williams joined in 1962, he became frontman and the lead singer of the band. In 1962, Williams and the Violents released a version of "Darling Nelly Grey" as a single, which became a major hit in Sweden.

When Little Richard performed at the Star-Club in Hamburg in 1962, both Williams along with The Violents and The Beatles were opening acts. When The Beatles toured Sweden in 1963, Williams and The Violents were the opening act. The Violents folded in 1966.

In the 1960s, Williams recorded a track with English record producer Joe Meek. The track was called "The Wonder Of Your Love". It was never released and was found amongst Meek's tapes when he died. Williams' music style was soul-influenced by the end of the 1960s, and the song "Keep On" became a hit in Sweden in 1969.

He returned to rock and roll-based music in the early 1970s and performed with the band Roadwork until the early 1980s. During the 1970s, he also toured with the band The Telstars. In 1983, Williams made his debut as an actor in the film G – som i gemenskap. He also acted in the musical Cats.

In 1989, Williams released the song "Did I Tell You", which became his biggest hit, and the record JW which led to him being discovered by a new generation. A music video was also filmed for "Did I Tell You". During this time, Williams also had the stage show act "Live på Börsen" at Hamburger Börs in Stockholm. Williams followed it up with more shows such as Live 'n Jive at Hamburger Börs in 1999, Jerka at Stora Teatern in Gothenburg and Göta Lejon in Stockholm in 2002. As well as "Ringside" at Scalateatern in 2005, and Lorensbergsteatern in Gothenburg in 2006. In 1985, Williams was awarded a cultural award Swedish Trade Union Confederation, and in 1991 he was pictured on a Swedish stamp. In the Eurovision Song Contest of 1989, he was a part of the choir for the song "En dag" which was performed by Tommy Nilsson representing Sweden.

In 1986, he lost almost 2.9 million (SEK), reportedly as a result of mismanagement of funds by his financial advisor. Williams was a host for Sommar i P1 on Sveriges Radio on 5 August 2009. In 2010, an art project featuring his work was exhibited at Göteborgs Konsthall in Gothenburg. In 2009 and 2010 he had the show Dynamite at Rondo in Gothenburg and Tyrol in Stockholm. He performed on the popular TV show Allsång på Skansen on several occasions.

On 17 January 2013, Williams premiered his farewell tour Jerry – The Farewell Show at Cirkus in Stockholm. Over 100,000 tickets were sold for the entire pan-Sweden tour for most of 2013.

Also in 2013, Williams co-operated with opera singer Malena Ernman on the latter's album I decembertid. He sang "Counting Miracles", the opening track of the album as a duet with Ernman. The song charted at Svensktoppen, and placed as number one on 6 April 2014.

One of Williams' trademarks was the unique language and speech pattern he used throughout his life. It was a kind of sociolect based on old Stockholm dialects and slang, mixed with words and expressions used by touring musicians, notably smaller bands touring by bus. He also invented words, metaphors and expressions of his own; some of which would filter out and become part of the Swedish way of talking. Sometimes when he appeared in national TV, the broadcast company would subtitle the program in Standard Swedish.

Williams was a lifelong communist. Off stage he led a very private life with his family, dogs and training. He was an AIK supporter.

Williams had been married since 1977, and had two daughters from that marriage. Before getting married he was a single father with a son. He lived in Täby at the time of his death. Williams died from cancer in Täby on 25 March 2018, aged 75.

2) Jerry Williams (born July 14 1942 in Portsmouth, Virginia, United States) was the name of an early 60s black soul singer, who performed as Swamp Dogg later in his career. Early in his career he was also known popularly as Little Jerry Williams.

Williams made his first recording in 1954 under the moniker "Little Jerry". In 1963 he changed that to "Little Jerry Williams". In 1970 he took the persona of "Swamp Dogg" and released his first album "Total Destruction To Your Mind". He is also noted as a songwriter and producer, especially producing country music.

2) Jerry Williams (born November 21 1995) is a female indie pop singer from Portsmouth, England.

Inspired by the likes of Avril Lavigne and Busted, Jerry started songwriting and playing acoustic guitar at the age of twelve. Williams draws her inspiration from her life growing up and the lives of others around her. Her influences come from a large variety of artists including Vampire Weekend, Jamie T, Johnny Cash, Slaves, Jake Bugg, David Gray, Slow Club, Coldplay, Alvvays, Kassassin Street, Marsicans, Indoor Pets and Lauran Hibberd.

Williams’ debut performance was at an open mic night at The Cellars in Portsmouth, at the end of 2012. From that moment on, orders kept coming and Jerry played several shows in and around Portsmouth. She has sold out Portsmouths' Wedgewood Rooms and has been invited to play at the Victorious Festival several years in a row.

Williams interchanges solo acoustic shows with full band ones. She soon graduated to shows further afield and has toured the UK, Ireland and parts of mainland Europe as a headline act, as well as supporting artists as varied as Vanessa Carlton, Nathan Sykes, Tom Jones and SWMRS. In March 2018, Williams crowdfunded herself to SXSW in Texas. In 2019, she will be headlining a German/UK tour.

In 2014, she released her debut EP A Hairdressers Called Sids. 2015 brought her to The Great Escape and with Cold Beer EP she released her second EP. For both Cold Beer and Boy Oh Boy, music videos were released, both of them being shot in Portsmouth.

In 2016, she released her third EP, Let's Just Forget It, which was awarded Best Produced EP at the Unsigned Music Awards. Its lead single Mother racked up more than five million streams on Spotify by 2018, while I’m Not In Love With You became BBC Introducing Track of the Week. After Let's Just Forget It Williams has released three singles, all with accompanying videos: Babe (2017), Grab Life (2017), and Left and Right (2018).

Jerry co-writes and produces most of her songs alongside long time collaboration partner Dan Brown and has also worked with the likes of Newton Faulkner, Carey Willets (Athlete), Jim Duguid (Paulo Nutini, Alex Clare), Charles Watson (Slow Club) and Dan Carey (Miles Kane, Kate Tempest, Sia). She signed her first record deal in November 2018 for ferryhouse productions. Her debut album is expected in 2019.
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