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Johnny Winter

 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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Live Bootleg Series Vol.7
Johnny Winter: 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...
$18.40
Live Bootleg Series Vol.8
Johnny Winter: 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...
$18.40
Beginnings 1960-67 (2-CD)
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...
$27.25
Roots
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 -...
$19.89
Rockpalast Blues Rock Legends Vol.3  (2-CD)
Johnny Winter: 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,...
$22.50
The Johnny Winter Anthology (2-CD)
Johnny Winter: The Johnny Winter Anthology (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDSHFA31132

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Retrospective covering almost almost four decades of recorded legacy.
$28.20
Original Album Classics (5-CD)
Johnny Winter: 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.
$22.26
Setlist: The Very Best Of Johnny Winter Live
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!
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Let Me In
Johnny Winter: Let Me In Art-Nr.: CDVPBCD5

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(1991 'Pointblank') (49:55/13) Eins der besten Winter-Alben; kaum stupide Gitarren-Orgien - dafür tolle Songs, einfühlsame Begleitung und Produktion / one of his best records, ever. Great songs, sensible backing, and production
$16.56
Johnny Winter
Johnny Winter: Johnny Winter Art-Nr.: CS9826

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(1969 'CBS') 180 g HQ vinyl.
$35.56
Legendary Licks Guitar (2-DVD)
Johnny Winter: Legendary Licks Guitar (2-DVD) Art-Nr.: DVD2501307

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Live Through The '80s
Johnny Winter: Live Through The '80s Art-Nr.: DVDBB5037

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In general, the video quality is rather Poor; but the sound is suprisingly good. These technical details don't really matter as these concert filmings are presenting one of the greatest blues/rock guitarists of all times. Comes with an...
$22.86
Rockpalast Blues Rock Legends Vol.3
Johnny Winter: Rockpalast Blues Rock Legends Vol.3 Art-Nr.: DVDMIG90367

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With this two-hour TV performance he finally established his name in Europe. DVD-Pak w/ Booklet. JOHNNY WINTER - gtr/voc, JON PARIS - bass, BOB TORELLO - drums. (Farbe/color, 4:3, Dolby 2.0 stereo, DVD 9, Region: 0, Spieldauer/running...
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Live From Japan (0)
Johnny Winter: Live From Japan (0) Art-Nr.: DVDMVD5421

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(2011 'MVD Visual') Recorded on April 15, 2011. JOHNNY WINTER - gtrs/voc, PAUL NELSON - gtrs, SCOTT SPRAY - bass, VITO LIUZZI - drums/voc. NTSC, region code 0
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Live Bootleg Series Vol.8
Johnny Winter: Live Bootleg Series Vol.8 Art-Nr.: LPFRI211162

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Progressive Blues Experiment
Johnny Winter: Progressive Blues Experiment Art-Nr.: LPFRI211243

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(1969 'Capitol') Friday Music
$32.65
Still Alive And Well
Johnny Winter: Still Alive And Well Art-Nr.: LPFRI213218

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(1973 'Columbia') Friday
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Johnny Winter
Johnny Winter: Johnny Winter Art-Nr.: LPFRI219826

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(1969 'CBS') Friday Music
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Second Winter (2-LP)
Johnny Winter: Second Winter (2-LP) Art-Nr.: LPFRI219947

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(1969 'CBS') Friday Music
$65.25
Johnny Winter And Live
Johnny Winter: Johnny Winter And Live Art-Nr.: LPFRI30475

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(1971 'Columbia') Friday Music
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Roots
Johnny Winter: Roots Art-Nr.: LPMEGA1603

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(2011) Megaforce
$27.25
Live At Rockpalast
Johnny Winter: Live At Rockpalast Art-Nr.: LPMVD5187

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(1979) MVD Audio
$22.86
Johnny Winter And - Live At The Fillmore East
Johnny Winter: Johnny Winter And - Live At The Fillmore East Art-Nr.: CD216750

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(2013/FRIDAY MUSIC) 7 tracks
$19.89
Original Album Classics (5-CD)
Johnny Winter: Original Album Classics (5-CD) Art-Nr.: CDSNY465472

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$22.26
Second Winter (2-LP)
Johnny Winter: Second Winter (2-LP) Art-Nr.: KCS9947

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(1969 'CBS') Speakers Corner
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