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.