Just stumbled across Bill Bentley's article/tribute to Jerry Lynn Williams [“The Lone Ranger
,” Music, Jan. 27, 2006]. I've been a fan since the late Sixties when my blues-rock power trio (Ox) tried to cover his single "Crazy 'Bout You Baby" – a great record with white-hot soulful vocals and killer guitar à la Jimi Hendrix (although after reading Bentley's article, who influenced who?!). Later dug JLW's LPs which featured the likes of Nils Lofgren, Cornell Dupree, Nicky Hopkins, Bernard Purdie, Chuck Rainey, Steve Cropper, Jeff Porcaro … Williams' version of Ketty Lester's "Love Letters" is a must-be-heard-by-one-and-all masterpiece.
It was very cool to finally meet Jerry in Toronto (late Eighties) when I was working with Johnny Winter, and Johnny went on to cover three of Williams' classics on his The Winter of '88
LP. I was saddened to hear that he's gone, but thanks for the tribute … he lives on in his music.
Check out Jerry Lynn Williams, people!