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Died On This Date (July 16, 2014) Johnny Winter / American Blues Great

Posted by themusicsover on July 16, 2014

Johnny Winter
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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Died On This Date (January 2, 2012) Larry “Rhino” Reinhardt / Played With Iron Butterfly & Captain Beyond

Posted by themusicsover on January 2, 2012

Larry Reinhardt
July 7, 1948 – January 2, 2012

Larry “Rhino” Reinhardt was a psychedelic rock guitarist who is most often recognized for his time spent playing in both Iron Butterfly and Captain Beyond.  Born and raised in Florida, Reinhardt began playing professionally during the mid ’60s.  His earliest bands of note were the Thunderbeats, the Load, and the Second Coming which also included Dickey Betts, Berry Oakley, and Reese Wynans.  Betts and Oakley would later play in the Allman Brothers Band while Wynans would go on to play with Stevie Ray Vaughan.  In 1970, Reinhardt replaced Erik Brann in Iron Butterfly and played on their Metamorphosis album released that same year. The following year, he helped form Captain Beyond which would ultimately include Lee Dorman of Iron Butterfly, Bobby Caldwell of Rick Derringer and Johnny Winter fame, and Rod Evans who previously sang lead on such Deep Purple songs as “Hush.” The group released a handful of albums and built a sizable loyal cult following along the way.  Throughout the rest of his career, Reinhardt participated in Iron Butterfly and Captain Beyond reunions while putting out a few albums of his own.  Reportedly suffering from multiple ailments, Larry Reinhardt passed away on January 2, 2012.  He was 63.

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Died On This Date (December 8, 1981) Big Walter Horton / Blues Icon

Posted by themusicsover on December 8, 2009

Walter Horton
April 6, 1917 – December 8, 1981

Big Walter Horton was a Mississippi-born blues harmonica player who is considered to be one of the blues’ most influential musicians.  Horton’s career began in the late ’20s and by 1939, he began making records, the first of which, backed by guitarist, Little Buddy Doyle.  He all but retired from the music business during the ’40s, but in the early ’50s, he became one of Sam Phillips’ first signings to his fledgling Sun Records.  Horton soon moved north to Chicago where he became a fixture over the next two decades.  There he performed or recorded with the likes of Muddy Waters, Johnny Shines, and Willie Dixon and was memorialized in the acclaimed Vanguard Records survey of Chicago blues, Chicago/The Blues/Today!.  He also lent his skills to early rock recordings by Fleetwood Mac and Johnny Winter.   Horton continued performing and recording throughout the ’70s and even appeared in a scene alongside John Lee Hooker in the 1980 film, The Blues Brothers, starring Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi.  Big Walter Horton was 64 when he died of heart failure on December 1, 1981.

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