Wednesday July 16, 2014 was the day when a shining star completed his glorious path in the world of music and left his vestige for the followers. Johnny Winter, an American blues guitarist and singer died in Switzerland.He was such a fighter that he came over his addiction to heroine and produced a hit album ‘Still Alive and Well’. Johnny Winter is a true inspiration!
Winter came to the lime light of fame for the first time in 1968 when Rolling Stone magazine mentioned him the “best white blues guitarist”. Hereafter, he never stepped back on the path of success. He was ranked 63rd on the list of 100 greatest guitarists by Rolling Stone.
The carrier of Johnny Winter occupied almost half of a century. He contributed to the affirmation of blues in many ways. It was new, it was fresh and rebellious. Winter took the blues and crushed the stereotype of being blue meant being black. He proved himself a complete author, a guitar player, a singer, a text writer and a producer.
He was born on 23rd February 1944, Bumont in southeastern Texas and was named John Dowson Winter III. As the older son of John and Edwina Winter, along with his brother, he showed from early childhood, a great interest in music. He was influenced with jazz and blues from the early ages of his life. Early years of his carrier have been accompanied by his brother Edgar.
John was inspired by musical legends such as B.B. King, Muddy Waters and Bobby Blend. However, the ‘classical blues’ was never a challenge for Winters. On the contrary, he felt the call and need to implement several segments of other musical styles, especially rock’n’roll. This combination of styles came only natural to Winters because rock’n’roll was in the peak of its expansion during the 50’s and 60’s of the last century.
Starting with the 70’s Winters officially enters into a world blues elite. He was participating in any possible concert and show that he could, while at the same time even three of his albums were stepping out in public- “The Progressive Blues Experiment”, “Johnny Winter” and “Second Winter”. It was then that the first invitations for Woodstock came right to his doorsteps.
There were some urban legends, which were not true, according to Winter. Like those speculations that he was a close friend with Jimmy Morrison. By that time they never played together, and, in fact, as Winter stated, they had never even met.
Balancing between the simple country blues and an electric guitar blues rock, Winter has made it in the Blues foundation house of fame in 1988.
Yesterday, Carla Parisi confirmed, Johnny Winter was found dead in his hotel room outside Zurich by the reports of the Swiss police. The cause of death is still unknown until the biopsy results confirm the cause of death. The investigations will tell whether he died of some biological reasons or there was a third person involved in his death. His family, friends and fans are saddened by such a loss. He will remain a legend. One idol persistent in pursuing his dreams! He came through many hard times such as he managed to win on a heroin addiction, after which he made the album ‘Still Alive and Well’ (1973). He also played with his own music idol Muddy Waters, for albums ‘Hard Again’ (1977), I’m Ready (1978) and King Bee (1980).
The space that he left behind could never be filled and we will remember him as one of the shining stars in the sky with glory!