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Jerry Williams, Forever Man

Bill Bentley, LA Weekly, 5 September 1985

WHEN ERSTWHILE English guitar hero Eric Clapton came out for his first encore number on opening night in L.A. a few weeks ago, he dedicated 'Forever Man' to "Lenny." No doubt Clapton was referring to Warner Bros. Records' head Lenny Waronker, the man who prodded the blues-rocker into recording the song in the first place. But in the best of worlds, Clapton would have also mentioned the person who wrote 'Forever Man' more than a year ago: Jerry Williams. In fact, considering Williams' frequent residence in our fair city, Clapton should have invited the long, tall Texan to the show, gotten him on stage and then moved out of the way. Chances are, the Universal Amphitheater stage would have started smoking, because Williams is one of the few rockers around who possesses the artillery to set a fire.

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