Thursday, July 17, 2014

Winter Of Our Discontent: Johnny Winter 1944-2014

The Whitest White boy to ever come out of Texas, Old Man Winter, as he liked to call himself, died in his hotel in Zurich Switzerland while on a European tour. He was 70.
He and his jazz prodigy brother Edgar both shot to fame in their 20s, and though they took different msical paths, they relived their early trio days every now and then--Like on Edgar's Roadwork tour.

Though he will always be remembered for his covers of Highway 61 Revisited, Johnny B. Goode, Jumpin' Jack Flash, and his breakout hit (above) Mean Town Blues, he'd probably say th most important thing he did was producing--and arranging--a set of Grammy Award-winning albums with Muddy Waters that reintroduced him to an entirely new audience.
So long, Johnnie, it was a hell of a ride.


LC Aggie Sith said...

A true legend. I'm sure he is happy he died while on tour.

Flaxen Saxon said...

G'night Johnny. Nobody could play the blues like the albino man.