Personalities | Johnny Winter | Sixties | Rock

(Guitar, vocals, b. 1944)

A lengthy 1968 eulogy in Rolling Stone broadened this boss-eyed and albino Texan’s work spectrum and placed an eponymous debut album in the national Top 30. Among famous admirers were The Rolling Stones and John Lennon who each proffered songs for his consideration after he began touring beyond North America, backed by ex-members of The McCoys and his brother Edgar (keyboards, saxophone), who went solo in 1970. Johnny Winter And and the first of several concert albums entered international charts, but in ratio to Johnny’s increasing drug dependency was a deterioration in quality of successive releases from Still Alive And Well to 1974’s John Dawson Winter III. A merger with Edgar for 1976’s Together collection (mostly rock’n’roll and soul favourites) made commercial sense but, by then, Johnny’s time in the sun was past. Even so, a steady flow of albums since – particularly 1987’s Grammy-winning Third Degree – has showed a regaining of his former fretboard dexterity.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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