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Saying goodbye to a Toad's Place Regular - Johnny Winter

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Johnny Winter started his tradition playing at Toad's Place in New Haven, Ct in recent years, it’s pretty much become a tradition around here to see him in the darkest days of January.

If you’re a hard-core fan, you probably already knew that Winter, the whitest guy in the blues (he’s actually an albino), was a resident in Upper Fairfield County over the last 12 years. You probably also knew that in 1988, he was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame, and in 2003, he was ranked 63rd in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.”

If you’re not a hard-core fan and need to know more about him, just know that while Winter, a native of east Texas, is revered by one set of fans for his screaming leads and his rocked-up, take-no-prisoners take on the blues, he’s respected by another set of fans for very different reasons.

As a producer, fan and friend, Winter helped revive Mississippi-born Chicago blues pioneer Muddy Waters’s career and facilitate a breathtaking renaissance late in Muddy’s life — and when Winter, who grew up in Beaumont, Texas, is in the right mood, no one channels the spirit of the Mississippi Delta quite like him.

It has been confirmed that Johnny Winter died in a hotel room in Zurich July 16, 2014. The statement said his wife, family and band mates were all saddened by the loss of one of the world's finest guitarists.

Many of his colleagues are posting on Facebook and Twitter their memories of working with Johnny, expressing their sadness.

Pat Horgan states "RIP Johnny Winter. One of my biggest influences as a guitar player..( still doing his version of "Jumpin' Jack Flash") "Johnny Winter And..Live!" is always in my car. Good journey Johnny...."

Shannon MacDonald expresses her sadness "A WINTER's storm has passed and takes with it...THE BLUES" I saw Mr. Johnny Winter at Gibson Studios in NYC last fall. He looked very frail as if he were in terrible pain. He could not stand up straight and moved very slowly. As we say goodbye to another "great legend" from a musical era that will never be repeated (that I truly feel so "moved" to have lived through) I can only wish that he is standing straight and rockin' the blues with all his dearest friends." __Shannon.

We say good bye to Johnny Winter, his music and his legacy will live on.

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