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Johnny Winter has passed away

Johnny WInter in 2010 at Chicago's Beverly Art Center.
Johnny WInter in 2010 at Chicago's Beverly Art Center.
Joe Skotnicki

The news his fans never wanted to hear has come. The frail 70-year-old John Dawson Winter III has died on July 16, 2014. He was found in his hotel room in Zurich, Switzerland.

Johnny’s Facebook page has posted this message:

Legendary Johnny Winter Dies at 70.
Texas blues icon Johnny Winter has passed away on July 16, 2014 in his hotel room in Zurich, Switzerland.
His wife, family and band mates are all saddened by the loss of their loved one and one of the world's finest guitarists.
An official statement with more details shall be issued at the appropriate time.

Johnny Winter, the man who defined the phrase legendary Texas guitarist leaves us while riding high. After years of being taken advantage of by former managers, Johnny was finally out of the haze. His guitarist Paul Nelson took over management duties. He had a full tour schedule. He was putting out new releases and was scheduled to release his new album “Step Back” on September 2.

He has been releasing a steady flow of live recordings in his “Live Bootleg” series. The new disk was a follow up to his last studio album, 2011s “Roots”. Johnny’s last appearances in Chicago were at Buddy Guy’s Legends on February 13 of this year.and in June during this year's Chicago Blues Festival. He also performed at Reggie's after the Blues Fest appearance.

His new album features a long list of musical guests as well as fans no doubt. The list of performers include Eric Clapton, Joe Bonnamassa, Dr. John, Leslie West, Ben Harper, Joe Perry (Aerosmith), Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Brian Setzer and Jason Ricci.

Here is a preview of the songs. His website states that these guests take Johnny back to a more aggressive style of blues.

1. Unchain My Heart – Johnny Winter
2. Can’t Hold Out (Talk To Me Baby) – Johnny Winter with Ben Harper
3. Don’t Want No Woman – Johnny Winter with Eric Clapton
4. Killing Floor – Johnny Winter with Paul Nelson
5. Who Do You Love – Johnny Winter
6. Okie Dokie Stomp – Johnny Winter with Brian Setzer
7. Where Can You Be – Johnny Winter with Billy Gibbons
8. Sweet Sixteen – Johnny Winter with Joe Bonamassa
9. Death Letter -Johnny Winter
10. My Babe – Johnny Winter with Jason Ricci
11. Long Tall Sally – Johnny Winter with Leslie West
12. Mojo Hand – Johnny Winter with Joe Perry
13. Blue Monday – Johnny Winter with Dr. John

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