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As it had happened with the Allman brothers and would later happen with the Vaughan brothers, Johnny and Edgar Winter’s souls were mesmerized by the sounds of the Mississippi Delta bluesmen. At a young age, they joined the ranks of the pioneer musicians who would introduce this music to a younger audience, an audience the blues had yet to reach, in the form of what would eventually be called blues rock.
Yesterday, Edgar lost his brother Johnny, and the world lost a musician and producer who helped introduce us to a musical genre that has touched our hearts and souls over the past half century and... I have to say it... is “still alive and well” today.
Through his professional life, Johnny wrote and produced original music, but also covered the music that woke the blues passion in him to begin with, by legendary blues artists such as Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Willie Dixon, Robert Johnson, Bobby Bland, and so many others.
To pay respect to this talented and legendary artist, here are 10 of the many songs that Johnny Winter performed during his lifetime, that have touched me throughout mine. If you have favorites not listed here, please share them with us in the comments below.
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