Jerry Williams (singer)

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Jerry Williams
Jerry Williams, 2012
Jerry Williams, 2012
Background information
Birth nameSven Erik Fernström
Born(1942-04-15)15 April 1942
Solna, Sweden
Died26 March 2018(2018-03-26) (aged 75)
Täby Municipality, Sweden
Years active1962–2018

Jerry Williams, real name Sven Erik Fernström (15 April 1942 – 25 March 2018) was a Swedish singer and actor. He was known early in his career as the lead singer of The Violents he then launched a solo career.[1]

Early life[change | change source]

Williams likes playing football and was very interested in sports, ice hockey and was engaged in cycle sport who was also a member of a boxing club called Narva BK.[2] While his father is taking care of him and his brother.[3]

Career[change | change source]

In 1962, Williams and the Violents released a version of "Darling Nelly Grey" as a single, which became a major hit in Sweden.[4]

Williams was also an actor appearing as Frasse in the 1985 movie On the Loose. He also voice dubbed a few characters in the Disney movie Rock-a-Doodle.

In 1989, Williams released the song "Did I Tell You" which became his biggest hit song and the record "JW" which led to him being discovered by a new generation.[5]

During the Eurovision Song Contest 1989 he was a part of the choir for the song En Dag which was performed by Tommy Nilsson representing Sweden.[6]

In 2013, Williams co-operated with opera singer Malena Ernman on the latter's album called 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.[7]

Personal life[change | change source]

Williams was a lifelong communist. Off stage he led a very private life with his family, dogs and training who was also an AIK supporter.[2]

Williams lived in Täby at the time of his death. Williams died from cancer in Täby on 25 March 2018, aged 75.[8]

References[change | change source]

  1. Sweden, Sveriges Television AB, Stockholm. "Per Andersson: "Han var rörmokaren från Solna"". Archived from the original on 27 March 2018. Retrieved 27 March 2018 – via{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Framhävde sig som en rocker - men Jerry Williams var en riktig Svensson".
  3. "Per Andersson: "Han var rörmokaren från Solna" | SVT Play". Archived from the original on 2018-03-27.
  4. "Jerry Williams var en dynamit som höll sig explosiv i över 50 år". 26 March 2018.
  5. "Milstolparna i Jerry Williams karriär – DN.SE". Dagens Nyheter. 26 March 2018. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  6. "Tommy Nilsson sjunger "En dag", men håll koll på kören… Det här hade jag helt glömt bort!". 13 October 2015. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  7. "Counting Miracles ny etta!". Sveriges Radio. 6 April 2014.
  8. "Jerry Williams smärta – led av svår sjukdom". Retrieved 27 March 2018.

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