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Blues Great Johnny Winter Dead
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Posted on 07/17/2014 5:06:17 AM PDT by 4yearlurker

AP is reporting that blues guitar great Johnny Winter has died in a Zurich hotel room.


TOPICS: Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: blues; johnnywinter; obituary
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1 posted on 07/17/2014 5:06:17 AM PDT by 4yearlurker
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I'll have to get out my old vinyl and listen to Johnny Winter And. Saw him three times in the early 1970s. RIP to a one of a kind blues guitarist.
2 posted on 07/17/2014 5:09:22 AM PDT by 4yearlurker (Some people say that experts agree!!)
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I’m surprised he lasted this long.


3 posted on 07/17/2014 5:10:12 AM PDT by vladimir998
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To: 4yearlurker
Still Alive and Well no more.

The original Johnny Flame!

4 posted on 07/17/2014 5:10:30 AM PDT by rawcatslyentist (Jeremiah 50:32 "The arrogant one will stumble and fall ; / ?)
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To: 4yearlurker

Saw that shortly after AP came out with the news. He was rode hard and put away wet. Great blues player, definitely had his head and heart into it.


5 posted on 07/17/2014 5:10:53 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: rawcatslyentist

Which by the by is a great album. His solo on “Cheap Tequila” is right from the heart.


6 posted on 07/17/2014 5:11:43 AM PDT by 4yearlurker (Some people say that experts agree!!)
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To: 4yearlurker

Been a fan for 45 years and got to see him a few times. Man I’m also getting old.


7 posted on 07/17/2014 5:12:18 AM PDT by Lawgvr1955 ( Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: 4yearlurker

But Edgar lives on.


8 posted on 07/17/2014 5:34:01 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: 4yearlurker

Damn. He’s one of my blues heroes since I started loving the blues when I little kid 30 years ago. Rest well my friend.


9 posted on 07/17/2014 5:34:48 AM PDT by lefty-lie-spy (Stay metal. For the Horde \m/("_")\m/ - via iPhone from Tokyo.)
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To: 4yearlurker

Looks like I’ll have to revisit Highway 51 tonight. RIP Johnny.


10 posted on 07/17/2014 5:45:01 AM PDT by circlecity
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11 posted on 07/17/2014 5:46:23 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: 4yearlurker

Houston 1978 walking to work downtown on Friday morning. There was an old Caddy with big fins sitting on a vacant lot all the doors open and Johnny Winter plus another guy and 2 girls passed out. The aftermath of his Thursday night concert. Surprised he lasted this long.


12 posted on 07/17/2014 5:46:54 AM PDT by wordsofearnest (Proper aim of giving is to put the recipient in a state where he no longer needs it. C.S. Lewis)
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To: rawcatslyentist

That was the first song that popped into my head when I read the headline. Of course the second thought I had was, well I guess not anymore.


13 posted on 07/17/2014 5:52:44 AM PDT by jurroppi1 (The only thing you "pass to see what's in it" is a stool sample. h/t MrB)
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To: wordsofearnest
Yep...he liked to party. I saw him in Philly around 1974 after he got out of rehab. The crowd was nuts & rowdy and wanted to hear Johnny. Poco got booed off the stage. Johnny came out and just played and played and came back for 3 encores. THOSE were the days!
14 posted on 07/17/2014 5:53:08 AM PDT by 4yearlurker (Some people say that experts agree!!)
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12/05/03 Johnny Winter performed at an older restored theater north of Boston (Arlington?). My guy at the time invested in front row meet-after-the-show VIP passes. It was beyond incredible to not only hear him play, but watch his finger work. What he created was magical, especially considering he spent most of his later life transcending disabilities.

Will there ever be musicians of the caliber and passion of the blues from Johnny Winter and his peers?

RIP, Johnny Winter. Your music will never die.

15 posted on 07/17/2014 6:02:05 AM PDT by grania
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To: 4yearlurker

RIP Mr Winter. You sure could play.


16 posted on 07/17/2014 6:04:23 AM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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Is there a video of him that someone could post?


17 posted on 07/17/2014 6:06:51 AM PDT by Ditter
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I listen to his great blues at least twice a week. Friday is always 'headphones-on-listening-to-the-blues' day at work.
I love that 145 he does on "Kind Hearted Woman Blues". It just flows. I wish I could play like that.

He will be missed.

18 posted on 07/17/2014 6:08:24 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Can anyone tell me who the head of the Muslim peace movement is?)
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To: 4yearlurker

A guitarist (Rick Derringer) from my hometown of Dayton Ohio played in his band for a while.


19 posted on 07/17/2014 6:10:33 AM PDT by newfreep
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To: 4yearlurker

Saw him in a surprise guest appearance at a Janis Joplin Concert in Boston, many, many years ago.

I was AWESTRUCK.


20 posted on 07/17/2014 6:13:43 AM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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The Concert in question..Dec 11, 1969.
21 posted on 07/17/2014 6:17:12 AM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: 4yearlurker

I have the Muddy Waters album that he played on (Hard Again). Great stuff, and I’ve never really been a blues aficionado.


22 posted on 07/17/2014 6:22:04 AM PDT by safeasthebanks ("The most rewarding part, was when he gave me my money!" - Dr. Nick)
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To: skeeter

I had a front-row seat to see Edgar Winter in Cleveland in 1970. I didn't get my hearing back until 1975.

Yeah. good stuff.

23 posted on 07/17/2014 6:31:54 AM PDT by Kenton
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To: newfreep

Derringer is also a great guitarist and song writer. I saw him with Johnny Winter And then later with the Edgar Winter Group. When Johnny Winter And Live LP came out,me and my cousin would listen to it and laugh at how fast the JW could play.


24 posted on 07/17/2014 6:33:17 AM PDT by 4yearlurker (Some people say that experts agree!!)
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To: 4yearlurker

Here's Johnny playing with some spare bass player.

25 posted on 07/17/2014 6:35:23 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

Listen to “Rock Me Baby” on the Still Alive and Well LP. Just a three man band laying it down in one track.


26 posted on 07/17/2014 6:36:33 AM PDT by 4yearlurker (Some people say that experts agree!!)
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To: dfwgator

Looks like Jimi is playing a right handed Fender Bronco bass upside down.


27 posted on 07/17/2014 6:37:39 AM PDT by 4yearlurker (Some people say that experts agree!!)
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To: 4yearlurker

RIP bump


28 posted on 07/17/2014 6:43:26 AM PDT by ▀udda▀udd (>> F U B O << "What the hell kind of country is this if I can only hate a man if he's white?")
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To: Ditter
Rest in peace.

Johnny Winter - Be Careful With A Fool

29 posted on 07/17/2014 6:48:56 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: 4yearlurker

When Jimi defers to playing bass for you, you know you’re one damn good guitarist.


30 posted on 07/17/2014 6:50:51 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Ditter
Is there a video of him that someone could post?

Hoochie Koo

31 posted on 07/17/2014 6:51:23 AM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (I live in NJ....' Nuff said!)
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjaFWurTS1U

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIpmUroL2D4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQPlU5q1CBI


32 posted on 07/17/2014 6:54:35 AM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Please $upport Free Republic.)
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Edgar Winter's live album, "White Trash - Roadwork": People keep asking me, where's your brother......Come on out here, Johnny!

Edgar, Rick Derringer, and Johnny playing Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo live. Never got tired of that album.

RIP Johnny.

33 posted on 07/17/2014 6:55:34 AM PDT by Mase (Save me from the people who would save me from myself!)
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A few unknown factoids about RD...

His real name is Rick Zehringer and he played on a number of Steely Dan tracks among other artists.

During the McCoy’s touring of “Hang On Sloopy”, they opened for Simon & Garfunkel in a small teen club here in Dayton. After their set, they stayed onstage and played behind S&G.

Hard to imagine how a “Hootchie-Koo” guitar could mesh with Paul Simon songs - great show, though!


34 posted on 07/17/2014 6:59:43 AM PDT by newfreep
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I was at the record store the first day “All American Boy” came out. The store had a life sized cardboard cut out of Derringer from the album cover. “Hold” and “Jump Jump Jump” are great songs.


35 posted on 07/17/2014 7:09:30 AM PDT by 4yearlurker (Some people say that experts agree!!)
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I saw him in Florida a couple years ago playing for beers. Seriously.

Sad.


36 posted on 07/17/2014 7:19:12 AM PDT by Mikey_1962 (Democrats have destroyed more cities than Godzilla)
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My favorite stories involve johnny getting established. He asked to sit in with B B King and impressed B B King in the Beaumont days. One of my favorite recordings is the Bloomfield live recording in 1968 when he was discovered and landed the record contract. Incredible sound. Always cool when someone new comes on the scene and blows everyone away. Kind of like when hendrix was at the Marquis club and played to the beatles, clapton etc and blew them away.


37 posted on 07/17/2014 7:26:03 AM PDT by plain talk
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Who was playing for beers? Winter or Derringer?


38 posted on 07/17/2014 7:39:18 AM PDT by 4yearlurker (Some people say that experts agree!!)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

No wonder I don’t remember him. I had re discovered Willie Nelson.

Not my type.


39 posted on 07/17/2014 7:43:48 AM PDT by Ditter
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I saw photos of Hendrix playing at the Marquis with The Beatles,The Rolling Stones,Clapton,The Who,Donavon,etc sitting in the audience. Some were even sitting on the floor because it was SRO!


40 posted on 07/17/2014 7:44:20 AM PDT by 4yearlurker (Some people say that experts agree!!)
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Rest in peace, Johnny.


41 posted on 07/17/2014 7:45:35 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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Cheap perfume, sweet perfume
The lonely smell that fills the room
Roses in your low rent tomb
A picture made of cheap perfume

Sad old rag, sad young hag
Clothes that hide the early sag
Sequins on a lame bag
The sparkle of a sad old rag

Drink up and be happy
Live just for today
Drown in cheap tequila
And flush yourself away
Flush yourself away

Worn out dreams, washed up schemes
Blueprint for a death machine
Scarred wrist on a movie queen
Picture of a worn out dream

Drink up and be happy
Live just for today
Drown in cheap tequila
And flush yourself away
Flush yourself away

So drink up and be happy
Live just for today
Drown in cheap tequila
And flush yourself away

So drink up and be happy
Live just for today
Drown in cheap tequila
And flush yourself away
Flush yourself away
Flush yourself away

Read more: Johnny Winter - Cheap Tequila Lyrics | MetroLyrics


42 posted on 07/17/2014 7:47:59 AM PDT by Slicksadick (We accept the love we think we deserve.)
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All Tore down.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SndJxjeV2OU


43 posted on 07/17/2014 7:54:44 AM PDT by Slicksadick (We accept the love we think we deserve.)
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Check out Chris squire’s interview of that hendrix marquis gig. The Syn opened for hendrix that night. Won’t elaborate here out of respect for the late great Johnny Winter. But squire’s comments are quite interesting.

Sad to see johnny pass and wish I could have seen him more recently. Last time was in late 90s or early 00s. Awesome player.


44 posted on 07/17/2014 8:13:56 AM PDT by plain talk
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To: 4yearlurker

The best on slide guitar, with the possible exception of Duane Allman IMHO. Saw him live as well, a living legend. He seemed very frail the last several years.


45 posted on 07/17/2014 8:19:03 AM PDT by Huskrrrr
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I think he played on The Band’s album “Last Waltz”


46 posted on 07/17/2014 8:20:37 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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I saw him in concert about five years ago. He was a shell of his former self. While he played and sang, he didn’t sing all of his songs and most of the solo guitar playing was left to his bandmates. He sat in a chair the whole time and never even got up except to get off stage. Quite frankly I’m surprised he lasted this long after seeing him then.

This just goes to show what a life of drugs (especially heroin) will do to someone.


47 posted on 07/17/2014 9:41:41 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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Big fan here, too.
I read his biography (Raisin’ Cain).

I admired him for giving up the fame and glory of rock and roll to return to older blues - simply because he enjoyed the genre so much.

A lot of folks would have stuck with what brought in the big bucks regardless of what they really wanted to play.


48 posted on 07/17/2014 11:00:25 AM PDT by Verbosus (/* No Comment */)
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According to his book “Raisin’ Cain”, Janis Joplin really pursued him.


49 posted on 07/17/2014 11:04:28 AM PDT by Verbosus (/* No Comment */)
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To: Old Teufel Hunden

Johnny became addicted to methadone as a result of being treated for heroin addiction. He only kicked the methadone habit in the last few years.

Winter claimed that his former manager Teddy Slatus enabled his addiction so that he could manipulate him and bleed money from him.

I saw him once in the ‘70s, at Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City, NJ.

Alice Cooper was the headliner of a late afternoon/evening show which featured a number of acts. My friends and I went just to see Johnny and Leslie West. We couldn’t care less about Alice Cooper.

Johnny stole the show.

Even the Cooper fan freaks were blown away.

It was my first ever rock concert.


50 posted on 07/17/2014 11:05:59 AM PDT by Yankee (My President is a Fascist)
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