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  posted on 7/17/2014 at 12:44 AM
BREAKING: Johnny Winter Has Passed Away
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– July 17, 2014

Johnny Dawson Winter III has passed away, according to several sources close to the blues man. He was 70. Details surrounding his death have not come forth, but will be added as they emerge.

Winter and his brother, Edgar were raised in a musical family, with his roots firmly planted in the Mississippi delta — his father was the mayor of Leland, Mississippi, and Winter was recently honored with a Blues Trail Marker. From before his teens, Winter was playing and recording, even sitting in with the biggest blues legends of the day, including Muddy Waters and a comically reluctant BB King. In 1968, he released his first album, The Progressive Blues Experiment (featuring Willie Dixon on Bass), and after a now-famous performance at The Fillmore East, he was signed to Columbia Records with the largest advance ever made to an artist.

After his mammoth deal, Johnny immediately laid out the blueprint for his fresh take on classic blues, according to his official biography, which was a prime combination for the legions of fans just discovering the blues through the likes of Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton. Winter continued to gain widespread critical acclaim with his innovative blues stylings and in 1970, Winter released his commercially acclaimed ”Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo”, before struggling with heroin addiction for several years, before seeking treatment.

He made a successful comeback, culminating in what Winter described to American Blues Scene Magazine as the “highlight of my life”, after the closing of Chess Records, he brought Muddy Waters to the studio to record what would widely become known as the bluesman‘s comeback record, Hard Again. In the album, Winter performed most of the guitar work, while Muddy sang. Winter would go on to produce several Grammy-winning albums for Muddy before the bluesman’s death in 1984.

Winter earned several Grammy nominations for his searing, scorching slide guitar work, and was inducted into the Blues Foundation’s Blues Hall of Fame in 2003, and was one of Rolling Stone Magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitar Players of All Time. “I’m not a rock n roller,” Winter told American Blues Scene. “I’m a bluesman.” From his earliest childhood in the Mississippi Delta and Beaumont, Texas to his last breath, touring on the road, Winter truly lived up to that statement in every sense of the word.

 
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  posted on 7/17/2014 at 01:02 AM
Sad, sad news.

 

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  posted on 7/17/2014 at 01:09 AM
Sure hope it's just a internet rumor.

 

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  posted on 7/17/2014 at 01:19 AM
Sure hope it's just a internet rumor.

Me too, I've searched and can find no info.
It will be a sad day for music lovers if true.
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  posted on 7/17/2014 at 01:41 AM
i too hope its a hoax but it appears rick derringers wife, carmine appice and someone in the leslie west camp have confirmed he has passed
 

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  posted on 7/17/2014 at 03:12 AM


Johnny B Gone ... R.I.P. Mr Bluesman ...

 

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  posted on 7/17/2014 at 03:15 AM


Johnny Winter, age 70, has died in Switzerland. Several sources close to Winter have confirmed, including Sugar Blue and Rick Derringer's wife.

 

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  posted on 7/17/2014 at 05:31 AM
It's a sad day for the Blues.

 

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  posted on 7/17/2014 at 05:37 AM
The 'Sky Is Crying" once again.

 

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  posted on 7/17/2014 at 05:44 AM
What a way to start a workday...

I have been a fan of this truly great guitarist since I was a teenager. I had the honor of interviewing him once after a concert when I was a college radio DJ. We ended up talking about old blues singles and the Texas Juke Joint where he first discovered blues music. He was very nice and gracious.


RIP Johnny Winter. You will be missed ...

 

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  posted on 7/17/2014 at 05:51 AM
Johnny Winter was probably one of the top 5, most iconic rock and roll (via blues) "guitar gods" during the finest moments of popular music. He was recognizable instantaneously both visually and by his signature style and tone. He was one of those guys who made me wish that I could play guitar.

I saw Johnny several times, but mainly during his peak years. As a 16 year old, I saw Johnny play with brother Edgar ("Together" tour). Missing a ride - then having to walk about 7 miles home, I passed a now defunct Birmingham bar and heard familiar music coming from within. I walked down the alley to the stage door, which was standing wide open. I looked in and saw Johnny jamming with a bunch of local players.

If you're now in your 50's- 60's and a fan of rock and roll and blues - Johnny Winter was a big part of your sonic landscape.

He will certainly be missed.

 

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  posted on 7/17/2014 at 06:03 AM
A true American blues legend, The Gent provided some power blues, every disc had something special on it. RIP.

 

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  posted on 7/17/2014 at 06:07 AM
RIP Johnny

That sucks. He has a new album coming out in Sept too:


Johnny Winter releases perhaps his greatest album on September 2, 2014! Step Back features an amazing list of musical guests and takes Johnny back to a more aggressive style of blues… one that helped shape the musical icon. Produced by Paul Nelson.


Step Back Track Listing

1. Unchain My Heart – Johnny Winter
2. Can’t Hold Out (Talk To Me Baby) – Johnny Winter with Ben Harper
3. Don’t Want No Woman – Johnny Winter with Eric Clapton
4. Killing Floor – Johnny Winter with Paul Nelson
5. Who Do You Love – Johnny Winter
6. Okie Dokie Stomp – Johnny Winter with Brian Setzer
7. Where Can You Be – Johnny Winter with Billy Gibbons
8. Sweet Sixteen – Johnny Winter with Joe Bonamassa
9. Death Letter -Johnny Winter
10. My Babe – Johnny Winter with Jason Ricci
11. Long Tall Sally – Johnny Winter with Leslie West
12. Mojo Hand – Johnny Winter with Joe Perry
13. Blue Monday – Johnny Winter with Dr. John

 

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  posted on 7/17/2014 at 06:16 AM
1971 Milwaukee Summerfest.. J Geils Band opened for Johnny and Edgar Winter White trash band. It changed the way I listened to music. A month later saw Chicago at Ravinia.

 

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  posted on 7/17/2014 at 06:58 AM
RIP Johnny.......I saw him play many times in the 80s at the old My Fathers Place in Long Island, always ripped it up. Seeing him jam with his brother Edgar a few years ago was amazing.I always loved his version of the Bobby Womack song "Its All Over Now" from the 1976 LP "Captured Live". I still think its the best rendition of that song I have ever heard. We lost another great one today...

 

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  posted on 7/17/2014 at 07:34 AM
"Winter remained active until shortly before his death in Zurich, Switzerland, on 16 July 2014. He died in his hotel four days after his last performance, at the Lovely Days Festival in Wiesen, Austria".

Very sad news indeed. In bad health for many years but thought he was doing relatively well in recent years. Last time i saw him i had the luck that his guitarist / manager Paul Nelson invited me to Johnny's Tour camper, which was parked at the back of the concert venue. Had a short chat with Johnny, got his biography "Raising Cain" signed and a picture taken together. Sweet memories. One of the greats. RIP Johnny .

 

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  posted on 7/17/2014 at 07:41 AM
The first concert I went to was the Johnny Winter And Live tour.
I was 12 and completely captivated by the experience, and blues rock has been my favorite genre of music ever since.
One thing for sure...no one ever screamed "rock & roll" better than him!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQ6bfImb_sw

Ride in peace brother Johnny.

 

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  posted on 7/17/2014 at 07:46 AM
RIP, saw him in a small bar/club a few years ago. He could still play!

 

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  posted on 7/17/2014 at 07:57 AM
I'm so bummed. I love Johnny Winter!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/17/johnny-winter-dead-dies_n_5594613. html?utm_hp_ref=celebrity&ir=Celebrity

 

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  posted on 7/17/2014 at 08:07 AM
Glad I saw him in Chicago last month. He played two shows that night and looked good. RIP! He went out rockin' .. like I knew he would.

[Edited on 7/17/2014 by cubchubby]

 

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  posted on 7/17/2014 at 08:19 AM
RIP Johnny
another blues great gone....

 

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  posted on 7/17/2014 at 08:30 AM
rip Johnny
 

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  posted on 7/17/2014 at 08:34 AM
Absolutely one of the all time greats. Second Winter is among the best albums ever ( his first is great too ! ). My story about Johnny is one day in NYC in the mid 70's I was walking along E.44 St. and noticed this dude in a Mustang. I did a double take and sure enough it was Johnny . Unable to contain myself I went up to him and said hello. I then slipped him a joint of some primo cheeba cheeba. And he said : "Thanks man". And that's my JDW III story. Sad news indeed.
 
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