For more than 50 years, Johnny Winter made his guitar sing the blues. A lightning fast player mixed with a growling voice, Winter was part of a long lineage of Texas blues guitarists like Lightnin' Hopkins, T-Bone Walker and Stevie Ray Vaughan who simply didn't just play the blues but channeled them as if their fingers were lightning rods.
Michael Weintraub/Sony Johnny Winter, 1944-2014
Winter felt the blues onstage. Tilting his head back, he'd close his eyes and allow his fingers to dance across the fretboard. Acoustic, electric, 12-string, 6-string, he dominated them all with the blues and became a guitar legend by the time he reached his mid-'20s.
Sadly, the "Texas Tornado" died on Wednesday, July 16, in his hotel room in Zurich, according to his publicist. He was 70 years old.More »