Posted by themusicsover on July 16, 2014
February 23, 1944 – July 16, 2014
Johnny Winter was an American blues musician and producer who can rightfully be called one of the architects of blues-rock. An electric guitarist who had few equals, Winter was signed to Columbia Records in 1969 to what is believed to have been the biggest deal for a solo artist at the time. Born in Beaumont, Texas, Winter and his younger brother, Edgar Winter, took to music at an early age. By the time he was 10, Winter was already performing with a ukulele on local television. When he was just 15, his band, Johnny and the Jammers, released their first single, “School Day Blues.” He released his first album, The Progressive Blues Experiment, in 1968. That was followed by Johnny Winter, his first with Columbia Records. The following year, he released Second Winter, which included several songs that would become staples of his live shows and would enjoy recurring airplay on rock (and then classic rock) and blues stations ever since. Over the next 40 years, Winter released critical and fan-acclaimed albums for such labels as Columbia, MCA, Alligator, and Virgin. As a producer, Winter was recognized with three Grammys for albums he produced for Muddy Waters. In 2003, Rolling Stone named him #63 on their list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. According to Guitar Blues Scene, Johnny Winter was 70 when he passed away on July 16, 2014. Cause of death was not immediately released.
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