Johnny Winter - Hide Away - Classic Blues Videos
on Old Grey Whistle Test in 1979
Blues guitar legend Johnny Winter performs "Hide Away" on the television show Old Grey Whistle Test in 1979. With Jon Paris on Bass and Bobby Torello on Drums.
John Dawson "Johnny" Winter III (born February 23, 1944) is an American blues guitarist, singer and producer.
Johnny and Edgar Winter were nurtured at an early age by their parents in their musical pursuits. Johnny Winter is known for his southern blues and rock and roll style, as well as his physical appearance. Both he and his brother were born with albinism. Father of Ronnie Winter.
In 2003 Winter was ranked 74th in Rolling Stone magazine list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".
Johnny Winter began performing at an early age with his younger brother, Edgar Winter. Johnny's first TV appearance was on a local children's television show that aired in Houston and Beaumont markets called the Don Mahoney and Jeana Claire show. Don Mahoney was a blind singing cowboy/kiddie show host in the Houston area for many years and Jeana Claire was his sidekick. Johnny and Edgar appeared on Mahoney's show when they were about ten years old, playing ukelele and singing.
His recording career began at the age of 15, when their band Johnny and the Jammers released "School Day Blues" on a Houston record label. During this same period, he was able to see performances by classic blues artists such as Muddy Waters, B. B. King and Bobby Bland. In the early days Winter would sometimes sit in with Roy Head and The Traits when they performed in the Beaumont, TX area, and in 1967 Winter recorded with The Traits releasing a vinyl 45 under the group's name, Tramp/Parchman Farm, Universal 30496. In 1968, he released his first album on Austin's legendary Sonobeat Records, The Progressive Blues Experiment.
Winter caught his biggest break in December 1968, when Mike Bloomfield, well-established as one of the best blues guitarists in the United States, who admired his playing, invited him to sing and play a song during a "Super Session" jam concert Bloomfield and Al Kooper were to perform at the Fillmore East in New York. As it happened, representatives of Columbia Records (which had released the Bloomfield-Kooper Super Session jam album to surprising Top Ten chart success) were at the concert. Winter played and sang B.B. King's "It's My Own Fault" to loud applause and, within a few days, was signed to what was then the largest advance in the history of the recording industry---$600,000.
Winter's first Columbia album, Johnny Winter, recorded and released in 1969, featured the same core group---called Winter at the time---with whom he'd cut The Progressive Blues Experiment, bassist Tommy Shannon and drummer Uncle John Turner, plus Edgar Winter on keyboards and saxophone, and (for his "Mean Mistreater") blues legends Willie Dixon on upright bass and Walter Horton on harmonica. The album featured a few selections that would be considered Winter signatures over the coming years, including his own composition "Dallas" (a striking acoustic blues, on which Winter played a steel-bodied, resonator guitar), John Lee (Sonny Boy) Williamson's "Good Morning Little School Girl," and B.B. King's little-known "Be Careful With A Fool."
The album's success coincided with Imperial Records picking up The Progressive Blues Experiment for wider release. The same year, the Winter trio toured and performed at several rock festivals, including Woodstock. With brother Edgar added as a full member of the group for the time being, Winter also recorded his second album, Second Winter, this time in Nashville, and unusual for the time in that it was a three-sided album. (The fourth side on the second disc was completely blank.) This album introduced a few more staples of Winter's concerts, including Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode" and Bob Dylan's "Highway 61 Revisited," two Little Richard songs ("Slippin' and Slidin'" and "Miss Ann"), and original songs such as "Hustled Down in Texas," "Fast Life Rider," "I Love Everybody," and "I'm Not Sure."
With brother Edgar having released his own solo album (Edgar Winter) and now going off to form his own R & B/jazz-rock group, Edgar Winter's White Trash, the original Winter trio disbanded and Winter formed a new band with the remnant of The McCoys---guitarist Rick Derringer, bassist Randy Jo Hobbs, and drummer Randy Z (who was, in fact, Derringer's brother---their real name was Zehringer)---and collaborated on songs picking up the rock and roll direction hinted by the Little Richard and Chuck Berry songs on Second Winter. Calling themselves Johnny Winter And, their album wore the same title and introduced a purely rock and roll direction, highlighted by Derringer's "Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo" and a nimble cover of Traffic's "No Time to Live." When they toured, however, with Bobby Caldwell replacing Randy Z, they mixed up these new rock numbers with Winter's standard blues, captured on Johnny Winter And Live. This album included a new performance of the song by which Winter had caught Columbia's attention in the first place: "It's My Own Fault."
Winter's momentum was throttled when he sank into heroin addiction during the Johnny Winter And days. After he sought treatment for and recovered from the addiction, manager Steve Paul courageously put Winter in front of the music press to discuss the addiction candidly. By 1973, he returned to the music scene with Still Alive and Well, a basic blend between blues and hard rock, whose title track was written by Rick Derringer as a salute to Winter's overcoming his addiction. The follow-up album, Saints & Sinners, continued the same direction; this was followed by another concert set, Captured Live!, which featured an incendiary extended performance of "Highway 61 Revisited." In 1975 Johnny returned to Bogalusa, Louisiana to produce Thunderhead's album, for ABC/Dunhill, which featured future band members Pat Rush and Bobby "T" Torello.
In live performances, Winter often tells the story about how, as a child, he dreamed of playing with the blues guitarist Muddy Waters. By 1977 he got his chance. With his manager creating Blue Sky Records to be distributed through Columbia, Winter got the chance to bring Waters into the studio for Hard Again. The album became a best-seller, with Winter producing and playing support guitar on the set that included Waters veteran James Cotton on harmonica. Winter produced two more studio albums for Waters, I'm Ready (this time featuring Big Walter Horton on harmonica) and King Bee. The partnership produced Grammy Awards, a best-selling live album (Muddy "Mississippi" Waters – Live), and Winter's own Nothin' But the Blues, on which he was backed by members of Waters's band.
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