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Posted: 10:25 a.m. Thursday, July 17, 2014

Johnny Winter Has Died 

By Hildi Brooks

The great Texas bluesman, Johnny Winter, has died at 70, in a Zurich hotel room while on tour. 

One rock journalist called him the fastest, whitest blues guitarist there ever was.

He thumb-picked and he did it fast. Here he is covering the Rolling Stones' "Jumpin' Jack Flash" in '74.

Johnny Winter broke out in 1968 after record execs saw him play at the Fillmore East in New York and offered him the biggest advance ever offered to a musician at that point - $600,000. He was 24. 

He loved the greats - B.B. King, Sonny Boy Williamson, Muddy Waters...and they loved him back. Waters once said, "That guy up there onstage - I got to see him up close . He plays eight notes to my one." Winter would go on to produce 3 Grammy Award-winning albums for Muddy Waters - before recording Grammy Award-nominated blues albums of his own and being named to Rolling Stones' list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

The Winters were a music-loving family. Brother Edgar Winter was also a child prodigy and performs to this day. Both were born albino and forced into special education classes. Of course, their striking appearances just made people remember them more.

RIP Johnny. Thank you for the great music.

Full story here.

 
 

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