Guitar Legend Johnny Winter Dies in Switzerland
I remember seeing Johnny and Edgar Winter a million times before either was famous. I didn't see them perform, it's just that we both grew up in Beaumont, Texas and they did kind of stand out.
I only saw Johnny perform twice. Once was well before he was famous and was playing in a group called The Golden-Aires. Believe it or not, they were the opening act for Gary Lewis and the Playboys and The Yardbirds. The second time I saw him, he had just been signed to Columbia Records and was right on the edge of being famous.
I'll never forget that concert for two reasons. First, Johnny was an amazing performer and he was certainly at the top of his game that night. The second reason is that, sitting right behind me at that concert, was none other than Janis Joplin.
Johnny was on the road in Switzerland and died last night in hotel room. Johnny was 70 years old. he once said he just hoped he'd be remembered as a 'good blues artist.' I don't think there will be any problem with that.