Jerry Williams (singer)

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Jerry Williams
Jerry williams grona lund 2004.jpg
Jerry Williams at Gröna Lund, 2004
Background information
Birth name Sven Erik Fernström
Born (1942-04-15) 15 April 1942 (age 72)
Solna, Stockholm, Sweden
Years active 1962–present
Associated acts The Violents

Jerry Williams (born Sven Erik Fernström; 15 April 1942), a Swedish rock and roll singer and actor.

Early life[edit]

Jerry Williams. Photo by Jonny Hansson.

Williams was born Sven Erik Fernström in Solna, Sweden.

The Violents[edit]

Williams has been lead singer in many Swedish rock and roll bands, notably in The Violents.

The famous rock band that had existed since 1959 with varying membership, the original members being Rolf Hammarström (guitar), Lennart Carlsmyr (bass), Tord Jonsby (drums) and Hasse Rosén (guitar). When Jerry Williams joined in 1962 as lead singer, he soon became the figurehead and main attraction. Also in 1962, Hammarström and Carlsmyr were replaced by Tonny Lindberg and Jan-Olof Darlington. In 1963, Rosén and Darlington left the band and were replaced by Rune Wallebom and Billy Gezon. A final changed occurred in 1965, when Wallebom and Lindberg were replaced by Staffan Berggren (from The Shanes and Johnny Lundin from The Wild Ones.

The first single after Jerry Williams joining in was "Darling Nelly Gray". The single was marketed as "Jerry Williams & The Violents". In 1963, Jerry Williams toured with the Beatles through their Sweden dates. In 1993, The Violents also released the new hit single "Number One".

The Violents eventually dissolved in 1966.

Solo career[edit]

After break-up, Jerry Williams became known as a solo rock artist.

He has also performed in musicals.[1]


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Peak positions
1976 Kick Down 45
1977 Too Fast to Live - Too Young to Die  –
1979 I Can Jive 12
1980 Hot Rock 'n' Roll Band  –
1981 No Creases 48
1982 God Bless Rock 'n' Roll 46
1983 2 Faces 43
1984 Working Class Hero  –
1987 One and One 44
1989 JW 3
1993 Jerry Williams 13
1996 Keep On Rollin' 16
1998 Kung i blodet 11
2000 Can't Slow Down 6
2002 Sweet Sixty 16
2011 Alright 5
2013 Keep On 18
Live albums
Year Album Peak positions
1990 Live på Börsen 7
1990 Golden Hits Live 59
2009 Dynamite - Live 16
Compilation albums
Year Album Peak positions
1999 Jerry Williams Greatest Hits 2
2007 I Can Jive - Det bästa med Jerry Williams 4
  • 2008 - Ringside / Live at Lorensbergsteatern, Götteborg


with The Violents
  • 1962 - "Darling Nelly Grey"/"Twistin Patricia"/"Feelin' Blue" (The Violents)
  • 1963 - "Number One" with The Violents
Year Single Peak positions Album
1989 "Did I Tell You" 1
"It Started With a Love Affair"  –
1990 "Who's Gonna Follow You Home" 4
1991 "If You See Her"
(Jerry Williams & The Boppers)
1992 "Rock A Doddle" 31
1993 "Goodbye Rolling Stones" 21
1996 "Jackson" 45
2005 "Ringside" 59



  1. ^ Panas, Dan (22 June 2002). "Jag hade hand om min son själv". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Jerry Williams discography". Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 

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