From one music icon to another, just days have passed, another one has left us.
After rumors made buzz around the net, blues legend Johnny Winter was confirmed dead on July 16, 2014. He died at age 70 and was in his hotel room in Zurich, Switzerland. BBC has made a report about his death.
A post in his Facebook fanpage also addressed that an official statement with more details shall be issued on appropriate time.
Winter was one of the finest guitarists and played with Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Muddy Waters. John Lennon even wrote a song in his honor titled “Rock and Roll People” while Mick Jagger and Keith Richards wrote Silver Train in 1973 for him.
One of his career highlights was when he opened for Mike Bloomfield in 1968 at age 24 and that got Rolling Stone singling him out as one of the best blues guitarists on the Texas scene. He also played at Woodstock in 1969, which was another big year for him.
In 2014, a documentary film made by Greg Oliver was based on the blues legend. Johnny Winter: Down & Dirty premiered at the SXSW Festival.
He was also set to release his latest album “Step Back”, which is due on September 2.
Johnny Winter has influenced many guitarists especially in the blues scene and he will surely be missed.
As what a local disc jockey always say in his radio show, May the blues be with you!!!
Here’s a live performance that include Buddy Guy and Eric Clapton, John Mayer, Robert Cray and the late geat Hubert Sumlin.