Blues legend Johnny Winter dies at 70

The guitarist was on a European tour

Blues guitar legend Johnny Winter has passed away at the age of 70 in a hotel room in Zurich, Switzerland while on a lengthy European tour. American Blues Scene reports that Winter died, “according to several sources close to the blues man.” They also write, “Details surrounding his death have not come forth, but will be added as they emerge.”

Rocker Rick Derringer’s wife, Jenda, revealed the news on Facebook earlier on Wednesday (July 16th).

Derringer reports that Winter was “not in good health and was very frail and weak,” although a cause of death has not been revealed as of press time.

Winter’s publicist, Carla Parasi, confirmed the news on Thursday (July 17th) via his Facebook page.

With the release of his debut album in 1968, Winter “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,” his official biography states. “Constantly shifting between simple country blues in the vein of Robert Johnson, to all-out electric slide guitar blues-rock, – Johnny has always been one of the most respected singers and guitar players in rock and the clear link between British blues-rock and American Southern rock (a la the Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd).”

Winter is set to release his new album, Step Back, on CD and LP on September 2nd which features collaborations with some of rock’s greatest musicians like Eric Clapton, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry and more. The album is being defined as a “more aggressive style of blues” which helped shaped the musical icon.

May Winter’s legacy live on through his music. Rest In Peace!

Author: Buddy Iahn

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