A spokesperson for Johnny Winter has confirmed the death of the Texas guitar legend yesterday in Zurich, Switzerland. Earlier this year, Columbia/Legacy Records released the box set True to the Blues: the Johnny Winter Story in conjunction with the guitarist’s 70th birthday, with Winter’s next album Step Back due for release early this fall. A follow-up to Winter’s 2011 release Roots, Step Back will feature collaborations with such friends and admirers as Eric Clapton, Ben Harper, Dr. John and ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, among others.
Despite being frail in health for much his life, Winter was a giant in the rock and blues-rock arenas, having enjoyed such hits as “Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo”, “Still Alive and Well”, “Highway 61 Revisited”, “Don’t Take Advantage of Me”, and “It’s My Own Fault”, in addition to producing several Grammy Award-winning albums for Muddy Waters.
Rest in peace, Johnny.