Incredible sad news reported today as it was confirmed that Blues guitar legend Johnny Winter passed away at the age of 70 in his hotel room in Zurich, Switzerland. A brief statement released from spokesperson Carla Parisi read, “His wife, family and bandmates are all saddened by the loss of one of the world’s finest guitarists.”
Johnny’s brother Edgar and his wife Monique posted the following:
“Hello all, My wife, Monique, and I are shocked at the suddenness of Johnny’s passing, especially since I was so looking forward with such joy and anticipation to seeing him again and playing together. I know his body is departing this physical realm, but his presence, his music, and his spirit are undiminished, and alive as ever in my heart.
Johnny has always been, is now, and will forever remain my greatest musical hero of all time. But more than all that, he’s my brother–in family, in music, in life and beyond. I will do my best to carry on in honor of his memory and the Winter name.
Blessings Peace & Love,
Edgar & Monique
Johnny Winter began his career at 10 years old with performances on children’s TV shows in Texas. He started recording at age 15 and released his first album in 1968, then signed with Columbia Records and released his eponymous first album for the label in 1969. He played with his brother until Edgar left to form his own band in 1970, then with a band including Rick Derringer as “Johnny Winter And” and then continued recording solo albums. He produced three Grammy-winning albums for Muddy Waters and was nominated for several Grammys for his own albums.
Johnny was a pathfinder in turning a minority music from a forgotten age into a World force that helped to power a youth revolution. Johnny inspired a generation of ‘roadhouse’ rockers. After almost fifty years on the road, Winter played his last show this past Saturday in Austria. RIP Johnny and Thank You for all the joy you brought all of us. Your music will live on forever.
Winter’s next studio album, “Step Back,” will be released on September 2nd release by Megaforce Records. Guests on the offering including Eric Clapton, Joe Perry, Leslie West, Billy Gibbins, Brian Setzer, Dr. John and Ben Harper.