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Jul 17, 2014

Johnny Winter: The great blues guitarist died









"It was the greatest blues slide guitarist from deceased and living," - says the editor of the magazine The Blues

American bluesman Johnny Winter died Wednesday evening at the age of 70 in his hotel room in Zurich, Switzerland. Currently on tour, it happened last Monday at Cahors Blues Festival.



Legendary American blues guitarist, singer and songwriter Johnny Winter (born John Dawson Winter) died at age 70. The news came from issuing American Blues Scene and Jenda Derringer (Jenda Derringer), wife byshego partner Winter, Rick Derringer (Rick Derringer).

"Johnny left early in the morning this day in Zurich, Switzerland - Jenda wrote on Facebook . - His health failed, he was very fragile and weak. "


Johnny, being the older brother of multi-instrumentalist Edgar Winter, has always been one of the most respected guitarists of rock music, often speaking at the crossroads of blues and American rock satern. For 70-80s, Johnny was the unofficial znamenonostsem blues genre upholding tradition and preaching creativity Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and other idols.

Former drummer Guns N 'Roses Matt Sorum wrote in Twitter: «I have made friends with Edgar stronger. It is a great sorrow. They were going to tour. "

Editor of The Blues Ed Mitchell (Ed Mitchell) also paid tribute: "It's no secret that he had to overcome a bad state of health for many years, however, he seemed to be won every time out on stage. Out in the world sweeter, burning, stinging and fiery music than Johnny slides whose flaming Gibson Firebird became iconic blues way. "

"It was the greatest blues slide guitarist from deceased and living. We will always be grateful to him for his support of Muddy Waters in the '70s and assistance in writing the great hits: «Hard Again», «I'm Ready» and «King Bee». All ashes. "

The blues guitarist and singer Johnny Winter is dead. 70 years old, he was one of the icons of the legendary Woodstock festival. He died in Zurich, Switzerland, on July 16.


This is a short message posted on his official Facebook announcing the sad news page: " The Texan blues icon Johnny Winter died at age 70 He died in his hotel room in Zurich His wife, his family.. and its affiliates are upset by the loss of a loved one and one of the greatest guitarists in the world. " This message finally promises a new and more complete release will be published in due time. For the moment, the circumstances of his death have not been made ​​public.

Born February 23, 1944 in Beaumont, Texas, Johnny Winter starts early music with his younger brother, Edgar, albino like him. Johnny recorded his first songs at the age of 15 years on behalf of a label in Houston. In 1968, he formed a trio, then spotted by the magazine Rolling Stone , the bible of American rock and participates in many festivals including the legendary Woodstock.

His career has its ups and downs because of his drug problems. In the late '70s, Johnny Winters produced three albums of legendary bluesman Muddy Waters, who won Grammy Awards. In 1988, the consecration when he made his entry into the Blues Hall of Fame where gathered the best artists of the genre.

Currently on tour, Johnny Winter had just a handful of concerts in France, including Cahors July 14, two days before his death. It should bind all summer by a major U.S. tour. While Sony has out an anthology, the new album by Johnny Winter is announced on September 2. There are some days on the occasion of his visit to France, he replied with great economy of words issues Liberation . When our colleague asked him what it was like to be the ultimate reference of the blues, Winter retorted: " I think it's good, I'm fine . "

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