Born: February 23, 1944 Primary Instrument: Guitar, electric
For over 40 years, Johnny Winter has been a guitar hero without equal. Signing to Columbia records in 1969, Johnny immediately laid out the blueprint for his fresh take on classic blues a prime combination for the legions of fans just discovering the blues via the likes of Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton. Throughout the '70s and '80s, Johnny was the unofficial torch-bearer for the blues, championing and aiding the careers of his idols like Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker.
Though now residing in New England, Winter remains a native Texan, born and bred in Beaumont, the town where the famous Spindletop gusher came in to kick off the black gold rush in 1901....