Johnny Winter Dies At 70
July 17, 2014 at 4:51 AM (PT)
Legendary blues guitarist JOHNNY WINTER has passed away, a spokesperson has confirmed. Reports that WINTER died in his hotel room in ZURICH, SWITZERLAND at the age of 70 were confirmed by a brief statement from spokesperson CARLA PARISI, which read, "His wife, family and bandmates are all saddened by the loss of one of the world's finest guitarists." WINTER played his last show SATURDAY in AUSTRIA.
Beginning his career at 10 years old with performances on children's TV shows in TEXAS, WINTER started recording at age 15 and released his first album in 1968, then signed with COLUMBIA and released his eponymous first album for the label in 1969. He played with his brother EDGAR until the latter left to form his own band in 1970, then with a band including RICK DERRINGER as "JOHNNY WINTER AND" and continued recording solo albums until his passing. He also produced three GRAMMY-winning albums for MUDDY WATERS and was nominated for several GRAMMYS for his own albums.
WINTER's next studio album, "STEP BACK," is due for a SEPTEMBER 2nd release by MEGAFORCE RECORDS, with guests including ERIC CLAPTON, BRIAN SETZER, BEN HARPER, JOE PERRY, LESLIE WEST, DR. JOHN and BILLY GIBBONS. He was scheduled to tour the U.S. with shows in the NORTHEAST, FLORIDA and WEST COAST coming up in AUGUST. A boxed-set retrospective, "TRUE TO THE BLUES: THE JOHNNY WINTER STORY," was released this year, and a documentary, "JOHNNY WINTER: DOWN AND DIRTY," premiered at SXSW this MARCH.