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Johnny Winter (né à Beaumont, Texas le 23 février 1944) est un célèbre guitariste et chanteur de blues américain qui présente la particularité d’être albinos.

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John Dawson « Johnny » Winter III (born on 23 February 1944 in Beaumont, Texas, USA) is an American blues guitarist, singer, and producer. He is the first son of John and Edwina Winter who were very much responsible for Johnny’s and his younger brother’s, Edgar Winter’s, early musical awareness. Both Johnny and Edgar have albinism.

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Son véritable nom est John Dawson Winter III. Il né à Beaumont dans l’État du Texas. Il commence à pratiquer la musique très jeune avec son frère Edgar, lui aussi albinos. Il enregistre « School Day Blues » sur un label de Houston dès l’âge de 15 ans , avec leur groupe « Johnny and the Jammers« . Au cours de la même période, il peut observer sur scène les grands noms du blues classique (Muddy Waters, B. B. King ou Bobby Bland).

En 1968, Johnnny lance un trio avec le bassiste Tommy Shannon et le batteur Uncle John Turner. Un article dans le magazine Rolling Stone contribue au lancement du groupe. Les albums The Progressive Blues Experiment et Johnny Winter sortent en 1969. Il participe à de nombreux festivals de rock, en particulier à Woodstock.

En 1970, il enregistre le morceau classique du rock « Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo » dans un groupe qui comprend Rick Derringer et Randy Jo Hobbs des McCoys.

En 1973, après avoir lutté avec des problèmes de drogue, il effectue son retour avec Still Alive and Well.
En 1977, il produit et participe à différents albums de Muddy Waters dont Hard Again et King Bee pour lesquels ils gagnent plusieurs Grammy Awards. Il enregistre également son album Nothing But Blues avec des membres du groupe de Muddy Waters.
En 1988, il est introduit dans le Blues Foundation Hall of Fame.

Discographie

The Progressive Blues Experiment (1969)
Johnny Winter (1968)
Second Winter (1969)
The Johnny Winter Story (1969)
Johnny Winter And (1970)
About Blues (1970)
Early Times (1970)
Before The Storm (1970)
Johnny Winter And Live (1971)
Still Alive And Well (1973)
Saints And Sinners (1974)
Austin, TX (1974)
John Dawson Winter III (1974), avec Michael Brecker (sax) et Randy Brecker (trumpet), et Edgar Winter
Captured Live! (1976)
Together (1976), with Edgar Winter
Nothin’ But The Blues (1977), avec Muddy Waters
White Hot And Blue (1978)
Raisin’ Cain (1980)
Ready For Winter (1981)
Guitar Slinger (1984)
Serious Business (1985)
Third Degree (1986)
The Winter Of ’88 (1988)
Let Me In (1991)
Jack Daniels Kind Of Day (1992)
Hey, Where’s Your Brother? (1992)
Live In NYC ’97 (1998)
Back In Beaumont (2000)
I’m A Bluesman (2004)
Breakin’ it up, breakin’ it down (2007) – Epic, live 1977 avec Muddy Waters, James Cotton, Pinetop Perkins
Live Bootleg Series Vol.1 (2007)

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He began performing at a young age with Edgar. His recording career began at the age of 15, when their band Johnny and the Jammers released « School Day Blues » on a Houston record label. During this same period, he was able to see performances by classic blues artists such as Muddy Waters, B. B. King and Bobby Bland.

In 1968, Winter began playing in a trio with bassist Tommy Shannon and drummer Uncle John Turner. An article in Rolling Stone magazine written by Larry Sepulvado helped generate interest in the group. The album Johnny Winter was released near the end of that year.

In 1969 they performed at numerous rock festivals including Woodstock. Contrary to urban legend, however, Johnny did not perform with Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison on the infamous Hendrix bootleg recording « Woke Up This Morning and Found Myself Dead » done at New York City’s Scene Club. He has said, « Oh, I never even met Jim Morrison! There’s a whole album of Jimi and Jim and I’m supposedly on the album but I don’t think I am `cause I never met Jim Morrison in my life! I’m sure I never, never played with Jim Morrison at all! I don’t know how that rumour got started. »

In 1973, after recovering from a drug abuse, he returned to the music scene in classic form with Still Alive and Well, a song written by Rick Derringer saluting Winter for overcoming his addiction.
In 1977, he produced the Muddy Waters album Hard Again, and in 1980, Muddy’s final effort, King Bee.
Their partnership produced a number of Grammy-winning recordings throughout, and he recorded the album Nothing but the Blues with members from Muddy Waters’ band.

In 1988, he was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame.

He was on the cover of the first Guitar World in 1980.

There are quite a few Johnny Winter albums that are considered « non-official. » A majority of these albums were produced by the late Roy Ames, owner of Home Cooking Records/ Clarity Music Publishing. According to a Houston Press article dated Aug 28, 2003, Johnny Winter left town for the express purpose of getting away from him. Roy Ames died on August 14, 2003 of natural causes at age 66. As Ames left no obvious heirs, the ownership rights of the Ames master recordings remains unclear.

As Johnny stated in an interview when the subject of Roy Ames came up, « This guy has screwed so many people it makes me mad to even talk about him. »

In a recent interview for North Bay Bohemian, a Northern California weekly, Johnny explained his current approach to music:
« Most of the stuff I do is fairly old, » he says, which befits the lifelong bluesman. But don’t expect to hear « Rock ‘n’ Roll Hoochie Koo, » even though that was one of his signature songs back in the day. On this tour, Winter says firmly, « we’re not playing any rock and roll at all. »

The Smashing Pumpkins paid homage to Winter by recording an instrumental song titled Tribute to Johnny, in which they try to emulate Winter’s unique sound. The song was originally intended for their highly acclaimed 1995 album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness but was rejected and eventually turned as b-side on their Zero single and also was included in their box-set The Aeroplane Flies High.

Discography

Official albums

Johnny Winter (1969)
Second Winter (1969)
Johnny Winter And (1970)
Live Johnny Winter And (1971)
Still Alive and Well (1973)
Saints & Sinners (1974)
John Dawson Winter III (1974)
Captured Live! (1976)
Together (1976) with Edgar Winter
Nothin But The Blues (1977)
White Hot and Blue (1978)
Raisin’ Cain (1980)
Guitar Slinger (1984)
Serious Business (1985)
Third Degree (1986)
The Winter Of ’88 (1988)
Let Me In (1991)
Hey, Where’s Your Brother? (1992)
Scorchin’ Blues (1992)
Live In NYC ’97 (1998)
I’m A Bluesman (2004)

Compilation albums (some non-official)

The Johnny Winter Story (1969)
About Blues (1970)
Early Times (1970)
Before The Storm (1970)
A Rock n’ Roll Collection (1994)
White Hot Blues (1997)
Winter Blues (1997)
The Best of Johnny Winter (Sony) (2002)

Non-official albums

The Progressive Blues Experiment (1969)
Austin, TX also known as The Progressive Blues Experiment (1972)
Whole Lotta Love (1978)
Ready For Winter (1981)
Still Blues After All These Years / Live In Chicago (1990)
A Lone Star Kind Of Day (Relix- Roy C. Ames production) (1991)
Jack Daniels Kind Of Day (1992)
White Lightning (1996)
Back In Beaumont (2000)

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