Remembering Johnny Winter

Johnny Winter RIP smallJohnny winter 3Ranked #63 in Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of all time; Producer of three Grammy award winning albums for Muddy Waters, Inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame—Johnny Winter’s career began in the late 60s and continued until his death earlier this week.  The world of blues mourns one of its greatest guitarists and showmen.

johnny winter fax

  • Johnny and his brother Edgar were born in Beaumont, Texas to parents who encouraged their pursuit of musicianship.
  • By the age of 15, Johnny and his band, Johnny and the Jammers had released their first single; School Day Blues.
  • Inspired by classic blues artists such as Muddy Waters, B.B. King, and Bobby Bland, Johnny developed a passion for blues guitar, releasing his first album, The Progressive Blues Experiment, in 1968.
  • Later that year—1968—Mike Bloomfield invited Johnny on stage at the Fillmore East to jam with him and Al Kooper.   Representatives of Columbia Records heard him and he was signed to what was reportedly the largest advance in the history of the recording industry at that time—$600,000.
  • Johnny performed at Woodstock, which was about the time he and Janis Joplin began a short but (apparently) passionate affair.
  • Contrary to popular opinion, Johnny never performed Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison on the 1968 Hendrix bootleg album Woke up this Morning and Found Myself Dead.  To quote Johnny;

I never even met Jim Morrison! There’s a whole album of Jimi and Jim and I’m supposedly on the album but I don’t think I am ’cause I never met Jim Morrison in my life! I’m sure I never, never played with Jim Morrison at all! I don’t know how that rumour started.

  • Johnny lived the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle complete with all the trappings that go with it, including a heroin addiction back in the 1970s.
  • Perhaps his best known track in the commercial sense is Rick Derringer’s Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo.
  • Johnny died in Zurich, Switzerland.  The cause of death has not yet been ascertained.  He was 70 years old and still rockin’ like every old rocker hopes to…

johnny winter – jumping jack flash – video


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