He took up the guitar as a kid and began his first group in his mid-teens. In 1969, Winter released several records, including The Progressive Blues Experiment and Johnny Winter. These records in addition to his remarkable stage performance made him one of the age’s hottest performers. He also worked with Muddy Waters in the late 1970s on various records. Winter stayed active in the blues music world until his passing on July 16, 2014.
He started out as a clarinet musician as a kid, but he later changed over to the guitar. He and his smaller brother Edgar performed collectively growing up.
Johnny Winter formed his first band, Johnny and the Jammers, when he was just 15 years old. Johnny was tremendously affected by the area blues sound and afterwards by B.B. King after attending one of King’s shows.
Johnny Winter, circa 1970 (Picture by GAB Archive/Redferns via Getty Images)