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RIP Johnny Winter

By: Rick Diamond
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Legendary musician Johnny Winter has passed away at the age of 70.

According to usatoday.com:

Winter’s representative, Carla Parisi, confirmed Thursday to the Associated Press that Winter died Wednesday in a hotel room in Zurich. A Facebook note says “his wife, family and bandmates were all saddened by the loss of one of the world’s finest guitarists.”

According to chicagotribune.com:

Winter was found dead overnight….A prosecutor has ordered an autopsy because the cause of death is unclear.

There was no indication of third-party involvement, and early indications pointed to a medically related incident.

He was a guitarist, singer and record producer, the older brother of Edgar Winter.

Johnny’s true passion was for the blues, although he said he didn’t mind a little rock and roll, as long as it was blues-based rock.

A new Winter album, on which Eric Clapton and Ben Harper appear as guests, is set to be released on Sept. 2nd and a boxed collections of his main tracks since the 1960s was released this year.

When asked recently what he wanted his legacy to be, he replied, “I just hope I’m remembered as a good blues musician.”

No worries there, Johnny. :-)

 

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