Johnny Winter

Blues Guitarist + Singer + Record Producer
Born Feb 23, 1944

John Dawson "Johnny" Winter III is an American blues guitarist, singer, and producer. Best known for his late 1960s and 1970s high-energy blues-rock albums and live performances, Winter also produced three Grammy Award-winning albums for blues legend Muddy Waters. Since his time with Waters, Johnny Winter has recorded several Grammy-nominated blues albums and continues to tour extensively.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Johnny Winter.


1944 Birth Johnny Winter was born in Beaumont, Texas, on February 23, 1944. … Read More


1967 23 Years Old In the early days, Winter would sometimes sit in with Roy Head and the Traits when they performed in the Beaumont area, and in 1967, Winter recorded a single with the Traits: "Tramp" backed with "Parchman Farm" (Universal Records 30496).
1968 24 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1968, he released his first album The Progressive Blues Experiment, on Austin's Sonobeat Records.
Winter's first Columbia album, Johnny Winter, was recorded and released in 1969. … Read More
1970 26 Years Old In 1970, when his brother Edgar released a solo album Entrance and formed Edgar Winter's White Trash, an R&B/jazz-rock group, the original trio disbanded. … Read More
1973 29 Years Old By 1973, he returned to the music scene with the release of Still Alive and Well, a basic blend between blues and hard rock, whose title track was written by Rick Derringer. … Read More


1974 30 Years Old 1 More Event
Saints & Sinners and John Dawson Winter III, two albums released in 1974, continue in the same direction. … Read More
1977 33 Years Old And in 1977, after Waters' long-time label Chess Records went out of business, Winter brought Waters into the studio to record Hard Again for Blue Sky Records, a label set up by Winter's manager and distributed by Columbia. … Read More


1992 48 Years Old After his time with Blue Sky Records, Winter began recording for several labels, including Alligator, Point Blank, and Virgin, where he focused on blues-oriented material. In 1992, he married Susan Warford.


2004 - 2007 2 More Events
2009 65 Years Old In 2009, The Woodstock Experience album was released, which includes eight songs that Winter performed at the 1969 festival.
2011 67 Years Old In 2011, Johnny Winter released Roots on Megaforce Records. … Read More
2014 70 Years Old 1 More Event
His last studio album, Step Back (which features appearances by Joe Bonamassa, Eric Clapton, Billy Gibbons, Leslie West, Brian Setzer, Dr. John, Paul Nelson, Ben Harper and Joe Perry), was released on September 2, 2014. … Read More
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