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When Johnny was very young, he began performing with his younger brother Edgar Winter. For the first time he was seen on television in local children's show Don Mahoney and Jeana Claire show. Both brothers were seen in the show playing ukelele and singing.

He began his recording career at the age of 15 with the release of “School Day Blues” with his band Johnny and the Jammers formed in 1962. In 1968, he released his first album The Progressive Blues Experiment. In December 1968, famous and best blues guitarist Mike Bloomfield invited him to sing and play a song during a "Super Session" jam concert Bloomfield.

After the concert he was signed by Columbia records for $600,000. With them he recorded his first album “Johnny Winter” in 1969 and the album proved to be a huge success. He toured and performed at several rock festivals. In the same year he came up with his second album “Second Winter”.

The album had some original compositions such as "Hustled Down in Texas," "Fast Life Rider," "I Love Everybody," and "I'm Not Sure." At the same time his brother also released his own solo album “Edgar Winter”. In 1968, Rolling Stone magazine dubbed him as the hottest item outside Janis Joplin. In 1970 his album “Johnny Winter”, “Still Alive and Well” in 1973 and “Saints and Sinners” in 1974 were all a smash hit.

He then joined CBS Records affiliate Blue Sky and released “John Dawson Winter III” in 1974. With them his other albums were “Captured Live” in 1976 and “Nothin’ but the Blues” in 1977.

He also worked with blues guitarist Muddy Waters. In 1984, his album “Guitar Slinger” was a hit and was nominated for Grammy. Even his 1985 album “Serious Business” was nominated for Grammy.

In his 1988 album The Winter of '88, he was seen experimenting with a more contemporary flavoured sound. His 1991 album “Let Me In” was also nominated for Grammy. In 1992, he came up with Grammy nominated album titled “Hey Where's Your Brother?”

He performed on Highway 61 Revisited, a highlight of Bob Dylan's 30th anniversary tribute released by Columbia Records on CD and video. His album “Live in NYC '97” in 1998 was recorded at New York's Bottom Line in April 1997 and the songs were selected by members of his fan club. For 2004 album "I'm A Bluesman" he re-paired with Dick Shurman and Tom Hambridge.

In the W.C. Handy Blues Awards., he was nominated for W.C. Handy award for "Second Winter Legacy Edition". His last albums were “The Johnny Winter Anthology” and “The Woodstock Experience”, both in 2009.

By FW Editor

Tags: musician, career, 1968

Category: Celebrities  - ( Celebrities Archive)

Date Added: 20 April '10

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