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Blues legend Johnny Winter dies at 70 in Zurich
By JOHN HEILPRIN , Associated Press

GENEVA (AP) -- Texas blues icon Johnny Winter, who rose to fame in the late 1960s and '70s for his energetic performances and musical collaborations including with childhood hero Muddy Waters, has died. He was 70.

His representative, Carla Parisi, confirmed Thursday that Winter died in a hotel room in Zurich a day earlier. The statement said his wife, family and bandmates were all saddened by the loss of one of the world's finest guitarists.

He had been on an extensive tour this year that brought him to Europe. His last performance came Saturday at the Lovely Days Festival in Wiesen, Austria.

Winter was one of the most popular live acts of the early 1970s, when his signature fast blues guitar solos attracted a wide following.

His career received a big boost early on when Rolling Stone magazine singled him out as one of the best blues guitarists on the Texas scene. This helped secure a substantial recording contract from Columbia Records and gave him a wide following among college students and young blues fans.

The magazine later named him one of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.

Winter, who was instantly recognizable for his long white hair, worked with some of the greatest bluesmen, producing several albums for Waters and recording with John Lee Hooker. He paid homage to Waters on "Tribute to Muddy," a song from his 1969 release "The Progressive Blues Experiment."

Among the blues classics that Winter played from that era were "Rollin' and Tumblin'," ''Bad Luck and Trouble" and "Good Morning, Little Schoolgirl." He also teamed up with his brother Edgar for their 1976 live album "Together."

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Jul 24, 2014 11:59AM
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Was fortunate enough to see the man one time, at a bar in Chicago in like '79 or '80, and have been a fan ever since. "still alive and well", one of my all time favorite albums of his. RIP Johnny, and thank you.
Jul 24, 2014 9:52AM
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 My prayers to the family. Where will you go when you die? Heaven or Hell? God loves us and sent His son Jesus to die as a sacrifice for our sins so we can go to Heaven. All you have to do is turn away from your sins and accept Jesus as your savior. Your opinions won't matter when you pass from this planet.
Jul 23, 2014 9:18AM
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RIP Johnny Winter, a truly underrated and influential guitarist. I listened to his music a lot when I was learning to play guitar and I have been revisiting it lately. Two things: he was much more a blues purist than other white blues players who got more publicity (Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Billy Gibbons all come to mind), and his playing was unmistakably an influence on Stevie Ray Vaughn, who is the best pure Blues guitarist to come along since him.  Johnny gets extra  kudos for producing Muddy Waters too.

Will miss you Johnny.  Heaven's band just keeps getting better and better...
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I remember Edgar Winter when he, oh,wait Johnny Winter - Who ? Oh, nevermind
Jul 18, 2014 9:55PM
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The Winter is going to be colder now.
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