Posted in music on July 17, 2014

Johnny Winter at BB King's in 2011 (more by Greg Cristman)
Johnny Winter

Texas blues rock guitarist/singer Johnny Winter passed away yesterday (7/16) in a hotel in Switzerland. He was 70 years old. A press release states, "his wife, family and bandmates are all saddened by the loss of one of the world's finest guitarists," and mentions that an official statement will be issued at some point.

Johnny, the older brother of another successful blues rock musician Edgar Winter, has released several albums throughout his career, beginning with 1968's The Progressive Blues Experiment through 2011's Roots. He's worked with Muddy Waters, performed at the original Woodstock, and has been called one of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time by Rolling Stone. His many contributions to blues and blues rock won't be forgotten. Rest in peace, Johnny.

Watch a few videos below...

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Johnny Winters at Woodstock, 1969

Johnny Winters live in 1970

Muddy Waters & Johnny Winter live in 1981

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Comments (19)

An all-time great. Listening to "Miss Anne" on Second Winter right now. RIP Johnny.

Posted by Anonymous | July 17, 2014 9:16 AM

RIP Johnny, a true legend

Posted by Anonymous | July 17, 2014 9:40 AM

Sun Kil Moon tribute coming out soon.

Posted by Anonymous | July 17, 2014 9:52 AM

"Several" albums? Try like 18 studio albums-RIP- saw him w/ 'And' at show recorded for 'Johnny Winter And Live" album- a tour de force-

Posted by anonymous | July 17, 2014 9:55 AM

saw johnny with muddy waters and james cotton back in '77.

rip johnny.

rockin' daddy out.

Posted by Anonymous | July 17, 2014 10:20 AM

I am so crushed by this news. So glad I caught him a couple of weeks ago at the Mystic Blues Festival. I've seen him perform dozens of times in the past 35+ years. So many great shows, with Muddy and James Cotton, at Dr. Pepper Music Festival at the Wollman Rink with Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, the 80's trio with Jon Paris and Bobby T Torello (Woodstock 10 Year anniversary at Parr Meadows anyone?), and the shows with Albert Collin's Icebreakers band. He loved to play so much and it was so exciting to see his career revitalized the past several years thanks to Paul Nelson. His new record is due out in a couple of weeks with guests such as Clapton, Leslie West, Joe Perry, Billy Gibbons, Joe Bonamassa, Dr. John, Brian Setzer and Ben Harper. Still touring hard playing 3-4 nights every week. A legend we will never see the likes of again.
RIP Johnny

Posted by Smack | July 17, 2014 10:47 AM

All my prays

Posted by Anonymous | July 17, 2014 11:26 AM

I idolized Johnny Winter as a kid. I weaseled my way to front row center at his 1974 MSG show--worth getting crushed and every bit of hearing loss. Good times! Thanks Johnny and RIP.

Posted by Anonymous | July 17, 2014 12:06 PM

Second Winter & Hard Again all day

Posted by Anonymous | July 17, 2014 12:25 PM

Nice to see some grown ups are reading this blog, not just the hordes of dumb millenials, ohio expats & trolls in general.

I think Johnny was scheduled to be a part of some nyc show in the near future? Saw his name on some bill somewhere lately.

Posted by ME | July 17, 2014 1:19 PM

Texas Legend! RIP Johnny, may you be shredding in the afterlife

Posted by Anonymous | July 17, 2014 4:06 PM

Posted by Anonymous | July 17, 2014 4:14 PM

Who? Lol old fat washed up.

Posted by Anonymous | July 17, 2014 4:25 PM

If this guy had half the talent grimes or speedy ortiz does he'd be alive still.

Posted by Anonymous | July 17, 2014 4:26 PM

If anyone knows great, truly great guitarists, they could not make a list without including Johnny Winter, A true legend. Bonie Moronie , Hjway 61 live. All the studio recordings. Slide! Few come close. This is Rock n Roll and mean Texas blues guitar playing... and that voice.
" Don't it make you feel all right" ...Truly Seminal
Met you on the streets of NYC when I was 12 and you graciously signed me and my friends autographs. Saw you play in Central Park not much after and got educated. Still listen to you 35 years later when I need something real. Very sad to hear the news but thank you so much Johnny for being one of the people and things in this life to make a man get up out of his seat, his blood flow and his heart beat. May you Rest in Peace

Posted by Anonymous | July 17, 2014 8:37 PM

A better player than Jimi. Yup, I said it...

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2014 9:44 AM

Saints and Sinners still classic rock and roll. Young peoples can learn tons from this album.

Posted by ThePfeffster | July 19, 2014 12:28 AM

Respect to Johnny, and love his playing, but to say he's "better than Jimi" is so wrong in every possible way. Might as well say that the color blue is better than the color red. Dumbass.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2014 1:10 AM

Second Winter was an iconic release from it's brilliant tracks and musicianship to it's unprecedented 1 1/2 LP's format. If released today that empty side would have an etching or some art piece. Many people regrettably dropped their needles onto a completely grooveless side of an LP when not paying attention. A master and pioneer. RIP.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2014 1:46 AM

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