23 February 1944, Leland, Mississippi, USA. Raised in Beaumont, Texas, with younger brother Edgar Winter, Johnny was a child prodigy prior to forging a career as a blues guitarist. He made his recording debut in 1960, fronting Johnny And The Jammers, and over the next eight years completed scores of masters, many of which remained unreleased until his success prompted their rediscovery. By 1968 the guitarist was leading Tommy Shannon (bass) and John Turner (drums) in a trio entitled Winter. This unit recorded a single for the Austin-based Sonobeat label, consigning extra tracks from the same session to a demonstration disc. This was subsequently issued by United Artists Records in 1969 as The Progressive Blues Experiment. An article in Rolling Stone magazine heaped effusive praise on the guitarists talent and led to lucrative recording and management contracts. Johnny Winter ably demonstrated his exceptional dexterity, while Second Winter, which included...
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