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Johnny Winter

An albino kid with enough heat in his fingers to melt a guitar neck shook up the Gulf Coast during the early '60s. By decade's end, the whole world would know Johnny Winter, but when he raucously revived Johnny 'Guitar' Watson's Gangster Of Love for Ken Ritter's Frolic label in 1964, Winter was a regional phenomenon.

Born February 23, 1944 in Beaumont, Texas, Johnny and his younger brother Edgar grew up loving the blues. Johnny listened regularly to Beaumont blues guitarist Clarence Garlow's KJET radio program. "The radio station then was like two doors down from where my grandmother lived. So I'd be staying over at her place, and I could just walk over two doors and see Clarence," says Johnny. "He was one of the first blues musicians that I actually got to see and watch close up and learn from. 

The two Winters formed Johnny and The Jammers when Johnny was only 14 and snared their first record contract through a contest built around the 1959 rock and roll film 'Go, Johnny Go!' "As kind of a gimmick that went along with the movie, they had this contest called the Johnny Melody Contest. You couldn't use a group; you had to get up there and just sing and play guitar," says Johnny. "So I won the contest, of course. There wasn't anybody near as good as I was at that point."

The band headed to Bill Hall's Gulf Coast Recording Studio in Beaumont to lay down School Day Blues and a flip, Edgar manning the 88s. "We played 'em for Bill Hall. He said, 'Great! We'll record 'em!' We couldn't even believe it," says Winter, whose debut offering came out on the Dart label in 1960.

Ken Ritter, nephew of Western star Tex Ritter, produced several early Winter 45s for his KRCO and Frolic labels, ranging from lowdown swamp blues to catchy instrumentals and pop-accessible pieces. "Ken Ritter was my manager, and he would lease the records," says Johnny. "I never made a penny. I don't know how much Ken made, but he'd always get a little money in front. He'd say, 'Well, I've got a lot of expenses, kid.'" Ritter leased Johnny's Gone For Bad to MGM but held onto Winter’s 1964 cover of Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson’s boastful ’57 Keen platterGangster Of Love for Frolic (multi-instrumentalist Edgar devised the horn chart). "That particular song I love," says Johnny. "Dickey Lee, the guy who had out a song called 'Patches' years ago, he sang in the background chorus on that song." Frolic paired it with Winter's own Eternally, but when Ritter leased Eternally to Atlantic, he coupled it with the garage-rocking Winter original You'll Be The Death Of Me. Gangster Of Love became a hippie-era classic when Steve Miller placed it on his 1968 ‘Sailor’ LP.

After nearly a decade of struggle, a glowing feature in a well-read rock magazine changed everything for Winter. "The 'Rolling Stone' article came out about Texas musicians, saying that I was the greatest thing in Texas still starving to death," says Winter. "Overnight, people that wouldn't even talk to me were calling me from New York, California, Europe, every place, man." Winter chose to sign with Columbia, his 1969 major label debut album catapulting the long-haired axeman to rock superstar status. As the decades progressed, Johnny has reverted to his blues roots more than once, his mastery of the idiom never in question.

Bill Dahl
Chicago, Illinois

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Johnny Winter: Live Bootleg Special Edition (180g)
Art-Nr.: LPFRM41914
 

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(2014/Friday Music) 6 tracks. Cover: VG+

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Johnny Winter: Remembrance (3-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDFRM1166
 

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(2014/Friday) 25 tracks. For Johnny Winter's Remembrance , Vol.1,  the sorely missed artist shares a bounty of tunes from his Billboard charting Live Bootleg Series, (Disc 1), the 1st time CD release of his rare vinyl Live Bootleg Special Edition (Disc 2) &...

$41.01 *

Johnny Winter: Step Back
Art-Nr.: CDMEGA1696
 

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(2014/Megaforce) 13 tracks. The last studio album of the legendary texansichen Bluesgitaristen, who died on July 16thj, 2014. The album was produced by Paul Nelson , appear as guest artists Eric Clapton , Ben Harper , Billy...

$20.95 *

Johnny Winter: Live - 180g vinyl
Art-Nr.: LPMOV1048
 

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(2015/Music On Vinyl) 6 tracks. Johnny Winter And Live is an album recorded live during the Fillmore East in New York City and Pirate's World in Dania, Florida in 1970. It was released in May 1971. In its time, Johnny Winter And Live was an enormously popular live...

$28.26 *

Johnny Winter: Saints And Sinners & John Dawson Winter III
Art-Nr.: CDBGOCD766
 

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(1974 'CBS Records') (79:57/22). Two original LPs on one CD.

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Johnny Winter: Second Winter - Legacy Edition (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CD5112312
 

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His second album for CBS, augmented by two previously unreleased tracks from the original recording session. The most interesting part, though is album #2 which was completely unreleased to-date. Recorded live in London it features Johnny's great blues band at the...

$12.92 *

Johnny Winter: Live Bootleg Series Vol.12 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDFRI1167
 

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(2016/Friday Music) 7 tracks. (Original Recording Remastered/Limited Edition) Friday Music is very pleased to announce Johnny Winter's Live Bootleg Series Volume 12, newly remastered by Joe Reagoso and Paul Nelson.

$21.18 *

Johnny Winter: Live Bootleg Series Vol.10
Art-Nr.: CDFRI211164
 

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(2013/Friday Music) 7 tracks.

$19.77 *

Johnny Winter: Raisin' Cain
Art-Nr.: LPSPV265011
 

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​(2013/BLUELABEL) 11 tracks -  Remastered, Original-Artwork

$22.13 *

Johnny Winter: Live Bootleg Series Vol.9
Art-Nr.: CDFRI211163
 

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(2013/Friday Music) 7 tracks.

$19.77 *

Johnny Winter: Johnny Winter And Live
Art-Nr.: LPFRI30475
 

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(1971 'Columbia') Friday Music

$35.11 *

Johnny Winter: Live Bootleg Series Vol.9
Art-Nr.: LPFRI211163
 

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(2013/Friday Music) 7 tracks

$41.01 *

Johnny Winter: Setlist: The Very Best Of Johnny Winter Live
Art-Nr.: CDSNY798073
 

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Recording details, personnel, and liner notes by Bob Margolin in the booklet. Excellent compilation!

$9.38 *

Johnny Winter: Roots
Art-Nr.: LPMEGA1603
 

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(2011) Megaforce

$26.85 *

Johnny Winter: Johnny Winter
Art-Nr.: CD5112302
 

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His first and groundbreaking album release for CBS. Comes with three previously unissued bonus cuts and new liner notes and unseen photos. JOHNNY WINTER - gtr/hca/voc, TOMMY SHANNON - bass, 'UNCLE' JOHN TURNER - drums. Special guests: WILLIE DIXON - bass, WALTER...

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Johnny Winter: Nothin' But The Blues
Art-Nr.: CD4727712
 

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(1977 'CBS') (34:44/09)

$11.51 *

Johnny Winter: Live Bootleg Series Vol.2
Art-Nr.: CDFRI083
 

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Part 2 of the live recordings, owned by Winter himself and drawn from his music archives. The recordings quality of the first set was slightly better. JOHNNY WINTER gtr/voc, JON PARIS bass/hca, BOBBY T. drums.

$18.29 *

Johnny Winter: Roots
Art-Nr.: CDMEGA1603
 

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A tribute to the blues masters, recorded with the wisdom of age. Pretty traditional blues sounds from the Texas guitar slinger. - Digipak. JOHNNY WINTER - gtr/voc, PAUL NELSON - gtr, MIKE DiMEO -org, SCOTT SPRAY - bass, VITO LIUZZI - drums. Special guests: SONNY...

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Johnny Winter: Second Winter (2-LP)
Art-Nr.: LPFRI219947
 

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(1969 'CBS') Friday Music

$64.84 *

Johnny Winter: Winter, Johnny Second Winter (2-LP)
Art-Nr.: KCS9947
 

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(1969 'CBS') Speakers Corner

$64.61 *

Johnny Winter: Johnny Winter
Art-Nr.: CS9826
 

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(1969 'CBS') 180 g HQ vinyl.

$35.34 *

Johnny Winter: Step Back (Picture Disc)
Art-Nr.: LPMEGA1696P
 

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(2014/Mega) 13 tracks.

$31.57 *

Johnny Winter: Step Back (7 singles box set)
Art-Nr.: 45MEGA1696
 

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(2014/Mega) 14 tracks. Includes orange pearlescent guitar pick plus 7 singles in different colors.

$64.61 *

Johnny Winter: Good Love In San Diego (2-LP)(Limited edition - red vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPRC314483
 

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(2015/Rock Classics) 9 tracks. 1974 FM radio broadcast.

$41.24 *

Johnny Winter: True to the Blues: The Johnny Winter Story
Art-Nr.: CDSNY740852
 

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2014 'Sony', 57 tracks, 4-CD. 23 m February 2014 celebrating blues legend Johnny Winter his 70th Birthday. On this occasion, Columbia / Legacy is on 21 February, the four CDs full album " True To The Blues : The Johnny...

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Johnny Winter: Feats First
Art-Nr.: LPAL3909
 

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(2015/Alligator) 8 tracks. Best Of compilation of his 3 Alligator CDs from the 80s . Incl . Download Card .

$27.08 *

Johnny Winter: Step Back
Art-Nr.: LPMEGA1697
 

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(2014/Megaforce) 13 tracks. The last studio album of the legendary texansichen Bluesgitaristen , who died on July 16th, 2014. The album was produced by Paul Nelson , appear as guest artists Eric Clapton , Ben Harper , Billy...

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Johnny Winter: Live Bootleg Series Vol.11
Art-Nr.: CDFRI211165
 

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(2014/Friday Music) 7 tracks.

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Johnny Winter: Beginnings 1960-67 (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDGAMC0226
 

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In 1968, when he was signed to Columbia Records, he was rock music's next big thing. But Johnny Winter was an underground hero with locally successful releases in East Texas, recordings his first 45 in 1960. This great collection contains all his early sides for...

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Johnny Winter: Live In Sweden 1987 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMVD8128
 

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(2016/MVD) 7 tracks. Blues legend Johnny Winter is joined by the equally legendary Dr. John on Swedish TV, recorded in 1987. From the opening notes of Sound the Bell to the finale of a positively incendiary Jumpin Jack Flash, Winter is in great form. The blues and...

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Johnny Winter: Byrds Can't Row Boats (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCI6568
 

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(2016/Cicadelic) 36 tracks. Mono Sound. In February of 1969, Johnny Winter signed with Columbia Records for a record sum of $500,000 and gained worldwide fame seemingly overnight (even though his recording career started in 1959). An ensuing rush to cash in on...

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WINTER, Johnny: The Woodstock Experience (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CD482442
 

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His first Columbia LP in LP replica packaging, along with his complete Woodstock performance. Limited edition. Comes in a slipcase with fold-out poster.

$22.72 *

WINTER, Johnny: Live Bootleg Series Vol.5
Art-Nr.: CDFRI143
 

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Fifth release in this series of live recordings, authorized by Johnny himself. Once again, the recording quality is not matching with professional levels. Fans will see this as a welcomed addition to their collection. JOHNNY WINTER - gr/voc, JON PARIS - bass, BOBBY...

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WINTER, Johnny: Live Bootleg Series Vol.6
Art-Nr.: CDFRI156
 

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Live recordings, owned by Winter himself and drawn from his music archives. No recording data. Rough stuff, probably recorded directly off the main board. These recordings are honest and pure, reflecting a Johnny Winter concert with all the ecstasy, power,...

$18.29 *

WINTER, Johnny: The Johnny Winter Anthology (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSHFA31132
 

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Retrospective covering almost almost four decades of recorded legacy.

$28.03 *

WINTER, Johnny: Johnny Winter And - ... Live (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDBGOCD610
 

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(1970/71 'CBS Records') (82:01/17) Zwei Originalalbum auf dieser Doppel-CD, kommt mit Pappschuber / two original LPs on this 2-CD set; comes with carton slipcase.

$11.74 *

WINTER, Johnny: Live Bootleg Series Vol.4
Art-Nr.: CDFRI100
 

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Live recordings, owned by Winter himself and drawn from his music archives. No recording data. Rough stuff, probably recorded directly off the main board. These recordings are honest and pure, reflecting a Johnny Winter concert with all the ecstasy, power,...

$18.29 *

Johnny Winter: Still Alive And Well
Art-Nr.: LPFRI213218
 

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(1973 'Columbia') Friday

$32.45 *

Johnny Winter: Live At Rockpalast
Art-Nr.: LPMVD5187
 

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(1979) MVD Audio

$22.72 *

WINTER, Johnny: Live Bootleg Series Vol.8
Art-Nr.: CDFRI162
 

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Live recordings, owned by Winter himself and drawn from his music archives. No recording data. Rough stuff, probably recorded directly off the main board. These recordings are honest and pure, reflecting a Johnny Winter concert with all the ecstasy, power,...

$18.29 *

Johnny Winter: First Winter (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDTE345
 

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(2016/Talking Elephant) 11 tracks. The first generation of rock, blues and early soul. The American musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Johnny Winter was well known for his energetic blues rock albums and live performances in the late...

$20.00 *

Johnny Winter: Live Bootleg Series Vol.11
Art-Nr.: LPFRI211165
 

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(2014/Friday Music) 7 tracks.

$41.01 *

WINTER, Johnny: Second Winter - Captured Live (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CD220011
 

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Two well-known albums on two CDs in a special tin can packaging. A collector's item for the real fan.

$18.29 *

WINTER, Johnny: Live Bootleg Series Vol.7
Art-Nr.: CDFRI160
 

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Seventh release in this series of live recordings, authorized by Johnny himself. This time the focus is on recordings from the late 1980s/early 1990s. Once again, the recording quality is not matching with professional levels. Fans will see this as a welcomed...

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WINTER, Johnny: Rockpalast Blues Rock Legends Vol.3 (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMIG90362
 

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With his 1979 'Rockpalast' show in front of 10,000, Johnny Winter overnight became one of the most popular blues/rock guitar titans in Europe. A classic recording, with long soloing and jamming. JOHNNY WINTER -gtr/voc, JON PARIS -bass, BOBBY T TORELLO -drums.

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Johnny Winter: Live Bootleg Series Vol.10 (2-LP)
Art-Nr.: LPFRI211164
 

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(2015/Friday Music) 7 tracks.

$44.78 *

WINTER, Johnny: Original Album Classics (5-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSNY656172
 

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Five original albums. Cardboard sleeves with the reproduction of the original LP front and back sleeves. Comes in a slipcase.

$22.13 *

   
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