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The Violents - AT The Star Club Hamburg

The Violents - AT The Star Club Hamburg

Violents was a mainly instrumental guitar pop group formed in Stockholm, 1959. Their first record was an instrumental version of a traditional song, "Alpens Ros", that gave them a hit in 1961 on the Swedish charts. The first recorded songs were recommendations by their record company but they soon started to write their own songs more in line with their own musical taste. Violents started after a while to search for a lead singer to get more variations on their concerts, which could last for hours. They found in 1961 a talented young rock singer named Jerry Williams with a good reputation as a live act and who agreed to be member of the group. In that way started a cooperation who lasted to the split year of the group Violents, 1966. The first recording with Jerry Williams was "Liebestwist" in 1962. In the start, Violents were the main attraction but soon the spotlight was mainly on Jerry and the band became a backing group with a record career separate from Jerry's own solo career. The last lp album with Violents behind Jerry Williams was Action (1966). Among the group's highlights in their international career was to play at the Star Club in Hamburg 1962 with The Beatles and Little Richard. The Beatles were just second band to Violents at that time and it is rumoured that George Harrison was test playing for a membership in Violents because he was tired of The Beatles, but that the Violents didn't want him.
The Violents - AT The Star Club Hamburg

The Violents - Complete

The Violents - Complete


Violents was a mainly instrumental guitar pop group formed in Stockholm, 1959. Their first record was an instrumental version of a traditional song, "Alpens Ros", that gave them a hit in 1961 on the Swedish charts. The first recorded songs were recommendations by their record company but they soon started to write their own songs more in line with their own musical taste. Violents started after a while to search for a lead singer to get more variations on their concerts, which could last for hours. They found in 1961 a talented young rock singer named Jerry Williams with a good reputation as a live act and who agreed to be member of the group. In that way started a cooperation who lasted to the split year of the group Violents, 1966. The first recording with Jerry Williams was "Liebestwist" in 1962. In the start, Violents were the main attraction but soon the spotlight was mainly on Jerry and the band became a backing group with a record career separate from Jerry's own solo career. The last lp album with Violents behind Jerry Williams was Action (1966). Among the group's highlights in their international career was to play at the Star Club in Hamburg 1962 with The Beatles and Little Richard. The Beatles were just second band to Violents at that time and it is rumoured that George Harrison was test playing for a membership in Violents because he was tired of The Beatles, but that the Violents didn't want him.

Members :
Hasse Rosén (guitars, 1959-63), Roffe Hammarström (guitars, 1959-62), Lennart Carlsmyr (bass, 1959-62), Johnny Landenfeldt (drums, 1961-66), Tord Jonsby (drums, 1959-61), Tonny Lindberg (guitar, 1962-65), Jan-Olof Darlington (bass, 1962-63), Rune Wallebom (keyboards, 1963-65), Billy Gustafsson (bass, 1963-66), Staffan Berggren (1965-66), Johnny Lundin (1965-66), Jerry Williams (vocals, 1961-66)


The Violents - Complete

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Pass.: D&J

Jerry Williams & The Violents At The Star-Club HH

Jerry Williams & The Violents At The Star-Club HH


FROM  JANCY




Back in the pre-Abba days when Eurovision meant Elvis Presley singing in German it was somewhat rare to find a band treading the boards that were from ANY other European country apart from the UK but Williams & his rather punkish-sounding Violents were from the same land that spawned Agnetha, Benny, Bjorn and .....whoever the other one was. There are several references to this band on the internet but there does not appear to be a definitive history for a singer who has not only been performing for over 40 years but who appears to be regarded as a pioneer of Swedish popular music, influencing countless musicians along the way (That's Swedish musicians incidentally.) According to one less-than-informative biography, Williams was christened Erik Sven Fernström in 1942 in Solna, Stockholm and was born on his parents sofa - an insightful piece of information I'm sure you will agree. Williams started his career in 1957 and joined forces with the instrumental band The Violents sometime between 1960 & 1962 after the group had decided to augment their line-up with a vocalist. Sometimes known as "Mr.Dynamite" (a nickname stolen from James Brown) Williams outgrew his original employers as his star rose with the The Violents eventually becoming mere backing musicians to the enigmatic vocalist (it says here). "When Jerry Williams gets going you can compare it to a box of dynamite going off. He jumps, struts, twists and exhausts himself completely. His hair flies, sweat pours. Nobody can stand still when he goes for it. Mods and rockers, everybody likes Jerry" says Stora from Sweden. Thank you Stora! We do know that Williams & The Violents played The Star Club in Germany during the same period as the Fab Four and that Williams enjoyed 5 Top 10 hits in his native country during the 60's but had to wait until 1969 before obtaining his first No.1. He appears to have had an extensive discography and apart from being a "rock n'roller" had his own "Jerry Williams Talk Show" on Swedish TV in 1968. He also appeared in the films “G - som i gemenskap” and “Lilla Jönssonligan och Cornflakeskuppen” (What, an entire film about a breakfast cereal?). One Swedish fan sums up the singer by offering the following crucial information; " When the Beatles hit Sweden in 1964 he refused to compromise. I gave no hits but he still could make his living playing. In 1965 Bildjournalen, the teenage paper wrote an biography comparing him to other Swedish rock kings. They had all been forced to go back to their normal jobs." So that clears that up then.

01 - Theme / Sweet Little 16


02 - Feelin' Blue

03 - Corrina Corrina

04 - I'm Fallin' In Love Tonight

05 - Twistin' Patricia

06 - C'mon Everybody

07 - Darling Nelly Grey

08 - Forty Days

09 - Ave Maria No Morro

10 - All Shook Up

11 - What'd I Say

12 - Be-Bop-A-Lula

13 - Mean Woman Blues

14 - Long Tall Sally

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Jerry Williams & The Violents - Star-Club Show 5


Jerry Williams & The Violents - Star-Club Show 5



JANCY NEWs
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Jerry Williams & The Violents
Jerry Williams (vocals, 1961-66)
The Violents :
Hasse Rosén (guitars, 1959-63),
Roffe Hammarström (guitars, 1959-62),
Lennart Carlsmyr (bass, 1959-62), Johnny Landenfeldt (drums, 1961-66),
Tord Jonsby (drums, 1959-61),
Tonny Lindberg (guitar, 1962-65),
Jan-Olof Darlington (bass, 1962-63),
Rune Wallebom (keyboards, 1963-65),
Billy Gustafsson (bass, 1963-66),
Staffan Berggren (1965-66),
Johnny Lundin (1965-66),
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("First Time In England - An Exciting, Sensational and Dynamic Pop Group From Sweden!")
Back in the pre-Abba days when Eurovision meant Elvis Presley singing in German it was somewhat rare to find a band treading the boards that were from ANY other European country apart from the UK but Williams & his rather punkish-sounding Violents were from the same land that spawned Agnetha, Benny, Bjorn and .....whoever the other one was. There are several references to this band on the internet but there does not appear to be a definitive history for a singer who has not only been performing for over 40 years but who appears to be regarded as a pioneer of Swedish popular music, influencing countless musicians along the way (That's Swedish musicians incidentally.) According to one less-than-informative biography, Williams was christened Erik Sven Fernström in 1942 in Solna, Stockholm and was born on his parents sofa - an insightful piece of information I'm sure you will agree. Williams started his career in 1957 and joined forces with the instrumental band The Violents sometime between 1960 & 1962 after the group had decided to augment their line-up with a vocalist. Sometimes known as "Mr.Dynamite" (a nickname stolen from James Brown) Williams outgrew his original employers as his star rose with the The Violents eventually becoming mere backing musicians to the enigmatic vocalist (it says here). "When Jerry Williams gets going you can compare it to a box of dynamite going off. He jumps, struts, twists and exhausts himself completely. His hair flies, sweat pours. Nobody can stand still when he goes for it. Mods and rockers, everybody likes Jerry" says Stora from Sweden. Thank you Stora! We do know that Williams & The Violents played The Star Club in Germany during the same period as the Fab Four and that Williams enjoyed 5 Top 10 hits in his native country during the 60's but had to wait until 1969 before obtaining his first No.1. He appears to have had an extensive discography and apart from being a "rock n'roller" had his own "Jerry Williams Talk Show" on Swedish TV in 1968. He also appeared in the films “G - som i gemenskap” and “Lilla Jönssonligan och Cornflakeskuppen” (What, an entire film about a breakfast cereal?). One Swedish fan sums up the singer by offering the following crucial information; " When the Beatles hit Sweden in 1964 he refused to compromise. I gave no hits but he still could make his living playing. In 1965 Bildjournalen, the teenage paper wrote an biography comparing him to other Swedish rock kings. They had all been forced to go back to their normal jobs." So that clears that up then.
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Jerry Williams & The Violents - Star-Club Show 5

1 - Readdy Teddy2 - Eldorado3 - Where Am I4 - Lovin' Up A Storm5 - Caroline6 - What'd I Say7 - I Know8 - Free Me9 - Come On, Come On10 - Let's Talk About Us11 - It's True12 - Savage Love
Bonus:
13 - All Shook Up14 - Sweet Little Sixteen15 - Midnight Special16 - The Wanderer17 - Last Date18 - Bony Maronie19 - Ave Maria No More20 - Skinny Minnie21 - Let It Rock22 - Runaround Sue23 - Tutti Frutti24 - Twistin' Patricia25 - Number One26 - Go Home Little Girl27 - Nobody's Darling But Mine28 - Darling Nelly Grey29 - Do It Over Again

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