Johnny Winter

Hailed as one of the greatest guitarists of his generation, Johnny Winter was a prolific and highly respected musician whose high-energy live performances were a fixture of the blues scene for over half a century. The ... Read more »
Born: 02/22/1944 in Beaumont, Texas, USA

Filmography

Music (8)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2012 (Tv Show)

Performer

Fire in the Sky 1993 (Movie)

("Blinded By Love") (Song Performer)

Rush 1991 (Movie)

("Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo") (Song Performer)

Rush 1991 (Movie)

("Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo") (Song Performer)

Woodstock: Return to the Planet of the '60s 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Song Performer

The Accused 1988 (Movie)

("Mojo Boogie") (Song Performer)

Strangers in Town 1987 (Movie)

(Music)

Vice Squad 1982 (Movie)

(Performer)
Actor (5)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Celebration 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Strangers in Town 1987 (Movie)

(Actor)

Woodstock 1970 (Movie)

(1994 director's cut) (Actor)

Biography

Hailed as one of the greatest guitarists of his generation, Johnny Winter was a prolific and highly respected musician whose high-energy live performances were a fixture of the blues scene for over half a century. The brother of multi-instrumentalist Edgar, both of whom were born with Albinism, Winter's big break arrived in the late '60s when a performance of B.B. King's "It's My Own Fault" inspired Columbia Records to award him the largest advance in music business history. A regular jamming partner of Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin, Winter then achieved minor chart success with an 1971 eponymous live album recorded under the title <i>Johnny Winter And</i> before heroin addiction threatened to derail his career. However, Winter bounced back with 1973's <i>Still Alive and Well</i>, while songs written in his honor by the likes of John Lennon, Keith Richards and Mick Jagger highlighted how far his influence extended. Winter's talents as a producer were also showcased on three Grammy-winning albums with musical hero Muddy Waters and although his recording output diminished from the '90s onwards, he remained a constant presence on the live circuit, playing up to 200 gigs a year right up until his death at the age of 70 in 2014.

Relationships

Janis Joplin Song Performer

Girlfriend

Edgar Winter Song Performer

Brother

Bonus Trivia

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Contrary to urban legend, Winter did not perform with Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison on the infamous 1968 Hendrix bootleg album Woke up this Morning and Found Myself Dead.

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Winter and brother Edgar lost a lawsuit against DC Comics in 1996 after claiming that the two characters named Johnny and Edgar Autumn in Jonah Hex: Riders of the Worm falsely portrayed them as "vile, depraved, stupid, cowardly, subhuman individuals."

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Winter is the subject of Greg Olliver's documentary, "Johnny Winter: Down & Dirty," which premiered at SXSW in 2014.

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