Personalities | Johnny Winter | Seventies | Jazz & Blues
(Guitar, vocals, harmonica, b. 1944)
Like his brother, keyboardist and saxophonist Edgar, Johnny Winter is a long-haired Caucasian albino from Texas who reshaped the face of the blues in the 1970s. A phenomenal guitar technician, particularly when using the slide, he rose to prominence in Texas bars and local studios. On his first album for Imperial Records, Winter explored psychedelic blues with middling success. Shortly thereafter he signed with Columbia, for whom he recorded between 1969 and 1974.
His group Johnny Winter And, with guitarist Rick Derringer, had a hit with ‘Rock And Roll Hoochie Koo’. Winter is a great interpreter of classic material, covering blues and rock’n’roll tunes by Chuck Berry, B.B. King, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and Van Morrison. Second Winter (1969) is one of his best recordings. He is also a gifted producer, working with Muddy Waters in the 1970s on such projects as Hard Again (1977). The album Together – Live (1976) presents the Winter brothers in fine form.
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