RIP Johnny Winter

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  1. RonHeinzkaboot

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    :sadbye:

    If you don't know who is, do yourself a favor and listen to Johnny Winter this weekend.
    A true American treasure
     
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    (CNN) -- American blues guitarist and singer Johnny Winter died Wednesday in a hotel room in Switzerland, his representative said Thursday. He was 70.

    "His wife, family and bandmates are all saddened by the loss of their loved one and one of the world's finest guitarists," his spokeswoman, Lori Haynes, said.

    Winter was in Zurich, Switzerland, as part of a tour of Europe, although he was scheduled to return to the United States for shows later in July, according to his official Facebook page.

    Winter first gained national attention when Rolling Stone magazine featured the the Texas music scene in a 1968 cover story. Rolling Stone now ranks him 63rd on its list of 100 greatest guitarists.

    Winter's family moved from Mississippi to Beaumont, Texas, when he was an infant. Johnny and brother Edgar, who was nearly three years younger, both were born with albinism, a melanin production deficiency that left them with little color in their hair, skin and eyes.

    Winter was just 15 in 1959 when he began playing guitar in Texas clubs. It was also the year he started drinking and smoking.

    "It seemed a big year for me," Winter told an interviewer for the documentary "Johnny Winter: Down & Dirty." The film was released this year.

    Another big year for Winter was 1969, when he played at the Woodstock festival.

    "One week we're playing clubs for about 20 people and in a matter of a few months we're playing Woodstock," bassist Tommy Shannon said in the documentary.

    Columbia Records won a bidding war for Winter that resulted in a self-titled debut album, followed by a second titled "Second Winter" in late 1969.

    Though none of his several dozen albums earned a Grammy, he shared three for producing blues legend Muddy Waters in the late 1970s.

    Winter announced this year that he had another album ready for release in September. "Step Back" will include contributions from guests including Eric Clapton, Joe Perry and Dr. John, according to his official website.

    His summer tour schedule was filled with shows, including 15 concerts planned across the United States in August.

    Winter was asked in the documentary if he every dreamed that playing a guitar would take him around the world.

    "I was almost always sure it would," Winter said. "I was sure I was going to be successful.

    "It's the only thing that I've really been good at."
     
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    What was he doing on Malaysian Airlines??
     
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    on tour at 70 Swiss hotel room, but his heart was in Texas
    I don't think they ever recognized him in the RnRoHF
     
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    Big fan. That's a loss.
     
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    Looking for his brother
     
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    Ohhh nooo. I'm so upset. What an incredible Texas guitar slinger he was. I saw him live many times. As a fellow guitarist he was one of my idols.

    His contribution to rock and roll and the blues was undeniable. He will be missed. RIP Johnny and rock on!

     
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    Huge Loss.
    I kept re-reading the news item on my i-Pad this morning and just couldn't believe it.
    But hell... he was 70!
    All that drinking and drugging -what did I expect? He'd make it 80?
    This world was lucky to see him born.

    Here's the earliest recording I've ever heard by Johnny Winter circa '66 or '67:

     
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    I got to see him live back in 79 and again in the early 90's. A true blues man and a hard rock n roll demon!
     
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    RIP, funny man.
     
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    Just saw him last year , I was a huge fan ever since the 70's Huge loss. loved him. He wasn't looking to good. :rip: RIP guitar great.
     
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    Was he sick? Switzerland has that underground euthanasia society.
     
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    As a guitarist,i never jumped on the texas blues bandwagon.....meh,rip
     
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    incredible guitarist
     
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    Mr. Winters is the lead Guitarist on this.....One of the best Blues albums eva'......Find it, Buy it, Wear it out.........
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    I was a little kid walking home from school and there was blaring music coming from a car at a redlight that I never heard before. I didn't know what or who it was but I was drawn to it and amazed by it, and I knew right then that I had to do everything possible to try to emulate those sounds and I got my first guitar the next week.

    it wasn't until about 10 years later that I realized it was Johnny Winter I heard.

    thank you johnny. lu
     
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    A SMOKIN" guitar player.

    Memory Pain.
     
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    I haven't seen him live recently, last concert he was barely there but that could have been a bad year. I heard that his recent gigs were good though. Was the show you went to good?

    He hadn't been looking good for the last 15 or 20 years, but to make it to 70 as an albino is a long life.
    He was just memorizing to see live, kicking myself for not going out of my way to see him last time he was in my area.
     
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    HOward related...w/Leslie West
     
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    It was really good It was in Napa. He sat down and didn't look too good. The guy is a legend. So Sad. :crying:
     
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