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Guitarist Johnny Winter died on July 16 in his hotel room in Zurich, according to his publicist. He had been on tour in Europe. He was 70.
From a Rolling Stone cover story on Texas music in December 1968:
"If you can imagine a 130-pound, cross-eyed albino with long fleecy hair playing some of the gutsiest, fluid blues guitar you ever heard, then enter Johnny Winter. At 16, [Mike] Bloomfield called him the best white blues guitarist he ever heard.... No doubt about it, the first name that comes to mind when you ask emigrant Texans about the good musicians that stayed back home is Winter's."
Johnny and brother Edgar, who was nearly three years younger, both were born with albinism, a melanin production deficiency that left them with little color in their hair, skin and eyes.
Journalist Don Wilcox once wrote, “No one expected an albino to live as long as Johnny did. But like so many of his black brothers, he kept on keeping on. For decades he looked like a skeleton walking, but his fingers never slowed down and he died with his boots on and his tattoos winking.”
Edgar Winter wrote on Facebook, “My wife, Monique, and I are shocked at the suddenness of Johnny's passing, especially since I was so looking forward with such joy and anticipation to seeing him again and playing together. I know his body is departing this physical realm, but his presence, his music, and his spirit are undiminished, and alive as ever in my heart. Johnny has always been, is now and will forever remain my greatest musical hero of all time," he continued. But more than all that, he's my brother – in family, in music, in life and beyond. I will do my best to carry on in honor of his memory and the Winter name."
The two brothers often performed together.
Tonight, we really rock. Here’s Edgar Winter.
And a bonus, from the 1976 LP "Johnny and Edgar Winter Together."