RIP Johnny Winter
The Texas musician’s career reaches back to the late-60s, where he jammed and collaborated with many of the era’s most highly revered luminaries; including Janis Joplin (with whom he had a brief relationship) and Jimi Hendrix. He also appeared at 1969’s Woodstock Festival.
A deft player of both a classic, subtle and shaded finger-picked blues, and the more frenzied and electrified variety popularized by Hendrix and numerous British groups, Winter earned the respect of some of his blues idols during his career. In 1977, he produced and played on his hero Muddy Water’s Grammy winning Hard Again album. Waters once said of Winter, “That guy up there onstage — I got to see him up close. He plays eight notes to my one!”
Winter — as is the case with his fellow rock star, multi-instrumentalist brother Edgar — had albinism, and his long, white hair was one of his trademarks.
Winter is said to have died in his hotel room in Zurich, Switzerland. No cause of death has been provided at this time.
Below is Johnny on American TV’s Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert in 1974, and a visit to Winter’s PeekYou profile will lead you to more in the way music and musings available throughout the Web.