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Encyclopedia > Johnny Winter
Johnny Winter
Johnny Winter in 1990
Johnny Winter in 1990
Background information
Birth name John Dawson Winter III
Born February 23, 1944 (1944-02-23) (age 63)
Origin Beaumont, Texas, United States Flag of the United States
Genre(s) Electric blues
Blues-rock
Rock and Roll
Texas Blues
Slide guitar
Boogie rock
Instrument(s) Guitar
Years active 1965-present
Website johnnywinter.net
Notable instrument(s)
Gibson Firebird
National Standard Steel
Erlewine Lazer

John Dawson "Johnny" Winter III (born on 23 February 1944 in Beaumont, Texas, USA) is an American blues guitarist, singer, and producer. He is the first son of John and Edwina Winter who were very much responsible for Johnny's and his younger brother's, Edgar Winter's, early musical awareness. Both Johnny and Edgar have albinism. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 600 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (960 × 960 pixel, file size: 122 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... February 23 is the 54th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: Counties Jefferson County Government  - Mayor Guy Goodson Area  - City 222. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The electric blues is a type of blues music distinguished by the amplification of the guitar, the bass guitar , and/or the harmonica. ... Blues Rock or Blues-rock is a fusion genre of music which combines elements of the blues with rock and roll. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Example of a bottleneck, with fingerpicks and resonator guitar. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... The Gibson Firebird is a solid-body guitar marketed by Gibson in the late 60s. ... The National String Instrument Corporation was the company formed to manufacture the first resonator guitars. ... February 23 is the 54th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: Counties Jefferson County Government  - Mayor Guy Goodson Area  - City 222. ... “Blues music” redirects here. ... Edgar Winter (born December 28, 1946 in Beaumont, Texas) is an American musician who had significant success in the 1970s and 1980s. ... Albinism (from Latin albus; extended etymology), more technically hypomelanism or hypomelanosis, is a form of hypopigmentary congenital disorder, characterized by a lack of melanin pigment in the eyes, skin and hair (or more rarely the eyes alone). ...

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Career

He began performing at a young age with Edgar. His recording career began at the age of 15, when their band Johnny and the Jammers released "School Day Blues" on a Houston record label. During this same period, he was able to see performances by classic blues artists such as Muddy Waters, B. B. King and Bobby Bland. “Houston” redirects here. ... McKinley Morganfield (April 4, 1915 – April 30, 1983), better known as Muddy Waters, was an American blues musician and is generally considered the Father of Chicago blues. He is also the actual father of blues musician Big Bill Morganfield. ... Riley B. King (born September 16, 1925 in Itta Bena, Mississippi) better known as B. B. King or The King of Blues, is an American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter, widely considered one of the best and most respected blues musicians of all time. ... Bobby Blue Bland was born Robert Calvin Bland, January 27, 1930,[1] in Rosemark, Tennessee) and is an influencial African-American singer, and an original member of The Beale Streeters. ...


In 1968, Johnny began playing in a trio with bassist Tommy Shannon and drummer Uncle John Turner. An article in Rolling Stone magazine written by Larry Sepulvado helped generate interest in the group. The album Johnny Winter was released near the end of that year. In 1969 they performed at numerous rock festivals including Woodstock. Contrary to urban legend, however, Johnny did not perform with Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison on the infamous Hendrix bootleg recording "Woke Up This Morning and Found Myself Dead" done at New York City's Scene Club. He has said, "Oh, I never even met Jim Morrison! There's a whole album of Jimi and Jim and I'm supposedly on the album but I don't think I am `cause I never met Jim Morrison in my life! I'm sure I never, never played with Jim Morrison at all! I don't know how that [rumour] got started."[1] The following information was adapted from Tommy Shannons official website and in the process slight contradictions were noted. ... Uncle John Turner was a drummer who most notably played drums in Johnny Winters band from 1968 to 1970. ... This article is about the music magazine. ... The Woodstock Music and Art Fair was a historic event held at Max Yasgurs 600 acre (2. ... Jimi Hendrix (November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American guitar virtuoso, singer and songwriter. ... James Douglas Morrison (8 December 1943 – 3 July 1971) was an American singer, songwriter, writer, film director, and poet. ...


In 1973, after struggling with a drug problem, he returned to the music scene in classic form with Still Alive and Well, a song written by Rick Derringer saluting Winter for overcoming his addiction. See also: 1970s in music. ... Still Alive and Well is a 1973 album by Johnny Winter. ... Rick Derringer (born Richard Zehringer, 5 August 1947, (age 59) in Fort Recovery, Ohio) is an American guitarist, vocalist, and entertainer. ...


In 1977, he produced the Muddy Waters album Hard Again, and in 1980, Muddy's final effort, King Bee. Their partnership produced a number of Grammy-winning recordings throughout, and he recorded the album Nothing but the Blues with members from Muddy Waters' band. McKinley Morganfield (April 4, 1915 – April 30, 1983), better known as Muddy Waters, was an American blues musician and is generally considered the Father of Chicago blues. He is also the actual father of blues musician Big Bill Morganfield. ... Hard Again is a 1977 Chicago-style electric blues album by Muddy Waters. ... King Bee was a band formed in Portland, Oregon in 1976 and consisted of Fred Cole on vocals and guitar, Mark Sten on bass, and Pat Conner on drums. ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music...


In 1988, he was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame. The Blues Hall of Fame is a listing of people who have significantly contributed to blues music. ...


He was on the cover of the first Guitar World in 1980. Two issues of Guitar World featuring Jimmy Page, and Jimi Hendrix on the covers, and the accompanying CDs (May 2005, October 2005) Guitar World is a monthly music magazine devoted to guitarists. ...


There are quite a few Johnny Winter albums that are considered "non-official." A majority of these albums were produced by the late Roy Ames, owner of Home Cooking Records/ Clarity Music Publishing. According to a Houston Press article dated Aug 28, 2003, Johnny Winter left town for the express purpose of getting away from him. Roy Ames died on August 14, 2003 of natural causes at age 66. As Ames left no obvious heirs, the ownership rights of the Ames master recordings remains unclear. August 28 is the 240th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (241st in leap years), with 125 days remaining. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 226th day of the year (227th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


As Johnny stated in an interview when the subject of Roy Ames came up, "This guy has screwed so many people it makes me mad to even talk about him."


In a recent interview for North Bay Bohemian, a Northern California weekly, Johnny explained his current approach to music:


"Most of the stuff I do is fairly old," he says, which befits the lifelong bluesman. But don't expect to hear "Rock 'n' Roll Hoochie Koo," even though that was one of his signature songs back in the day. On this tour, Winter says firmly, "we're not playing any rock and roll at all."


The Smashing Pumpkins paid homage to Winter by recording an instrumental song titled Tribute to Johnny, in which they try to emulate Winter's unique sound. The song was originally intended for their highly acclaimed 1995 album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness but was rejected and eventually turned as b-side on their Zero single and also was included in their box-set The Aeroplane Flies High. The Smashing Pumpkins are an American alternative rock band that formed in Chicago in 1988. ... Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (also shortened to Mellon Collie or abbreviated to MCIS) is a double CD and triple LP that was released on October 24, 1995 by The Smashing Pumpkins through Virgin Records. ... Zero is a song by The Smashing Pumpkins. ... The Aeroplane Flies High was a 5 disc boxed set by The Smashing Pumpkins. ...


Discography

Official albums

Johnny Winters 1968 debut album. ... Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... Second Winter is a sesquialbum by guitarist Johnny Winter, which was released in 1969. ... Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... Johnny Winter And is a 1970 album by Johnny Winter. ... Year 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Live Johnny Winter And is a 1971 album by Johnny Winter. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ... Still Alive and Well is a 1973 album by Johnny Winter. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... Saints And Sinners is a 1974 album by Johnny Winter. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... John Dawson Winter III is a 1974 album by Johnny Winter. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... Captured Live! is a 1976 album by Johnny Winter. ... Year 1976 Pick up sticks(MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1976 Pick up sticks(MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nothin But The Blues is a 1977 album by Johnny Winter. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... Nothin But The Blues is a 1978 album by Johnny Winter. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the year. ... This article is about the year. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Compilation albums (some non-official)

  • The Johnny Winter Story (1969)
  • About Blues (1970)
  • Early Times (1970)
  • Before The Storm (1970)
  • A Rock n' Roll Collection (1994)
  • White Hot Blues (1997)
  • Winter Blues (1997)
  • The Best of Johnny Winter (Sony) (2002)

Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... Year 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... Also see: 2002 (number). ...

Non-official albums

  • The Progressive Blues Experiment (1969)
  • Austin, TX also known as The Progressive Blues Experiment (1972)
  • Whole Lotta Love (1978)
  • Ready For Winter (1981)
  • Still Blues After All These Years / Live In Chicago (1990)
  • A Lone Star Kind Of Day (Relix- Roy C. Ames production) (1991)
  • Jack Daniels Kind Of Day (1992)
  • White Lightning (1996)
  • Back In Beaumont (2000)

The Progressive Blues Experiment was the first 12 Lp recorded by Johnny Winter, Tommy Shannon and Uncle John Turner. ... Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ...

See also

The Chicago Blues Festival is an annual event that features four days of performances by top-tier blues musicians, both old favorites and the up-and-coming. ...

References

External links


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