Posted by themusicsover on July 16, 2014
February 23, 1944 – July 16, 2014
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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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Posted by themusicsover on October 23, 2011
DOB Unknown – October 23, 2011
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Gene Kurtz was a beloved Texas bassist and singer-songwriter who can be heard playing and/or singing on classic recordings by the likes of Edgar Winter, B.J. Thomas, Bo Diddley, and Roy Head, with whom he co-wrote the #2 pop and R&B hit, “Treat Her Right.” It took the Beatles’ “Yesterday” incidentally, to keep it from hitting the top of the charts. Born in San Antonio, Texas, Kurtz eventually settled in Austin where he played with Augie Meyers of Sir Douglas Quintet and Texas Tornados fame before hooking up with Head. The two soon wrote and recorded (with Head singing lead), “Treat Her Right” which went on to become one of the most famous Texas rock/R&B songs ever. Its bass line by Kurtz is one of pop music’s best. The song has since been covered by such luminaries as Otis Redding, George Thorogood, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and Robert Plant, to name a few. It has also become a staple in film and television – it was featured prominently in The Commitments, as well as numerous other films and television shows. After his tenure with Head, Kurtz went on to play on Winter’s 1970 debut, Entrance. During the 2000s, Kurtz played in Dale Watson’s band for whom he wrote “Way Down Texas Way,” which the band can be seen performing on an episode of the television hit, Friday Night Lights. According to the Houston Press, Gene Kurtz was 68 when he passed away on October 23, 2011. Cause of death was not immediately released.
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Posted in Americana, Musician, Singer, Songwriter | Tagged: Augie Meyers, B.J. Thomas, Bo Diddley, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Edgar Winter, Gene Kurtz, George Thorogood, Otis Redding, Robert Plant, Roy Head, Sir Douglas Quintet, Texas Tornados, The Beatles | Leave a Comment »
Posted by themusicsover on July 24, 2010
1949 – July 24, 1972
Bobby Ramirez was the drummer who worked with Rick Derringer, LaCroix and Edgar Winter’s White Trash. It was while on tour with Winter in 1972, that the band were in Chicago on a tour with Uriah Heap that Ramirez found himself assaulted after an altercation in the mens room of the Rosemont Hall. He died of head injuries after being kicked with steel-tipped shoes.
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