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He began performing at a young age with Edgar, who is also affected with albinism. 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 1968, Johnny began playing in a trio with bassist Tommy Shannon and drummer Uncle John Turner. An article in Rolling Stone magazine helped generate interest in the group. The album Johnny Winter was released near the end of that year. In 1969 they performed at numerous rock festivals including Woodstock. Johnny's reputation was well cemented at this point that he can be heard performing with Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison on the infamous Hendrix bootleg recording "Woke Up This Morning and Found Myself Dead" done at New York City's Scene Club.
In 1973, after struggling with a drug problem, he returned in classic form with Still Alive and Well.
In 1977, he produced the Muddy Waters recording, Hard Again. Their partnership produced a number of Grammy-winning recordings and he recorded the album Nothing but the Blues with members from Muddy Waters' band.
In 1988, he was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame.
He was on the cover of the first Guitar World in 1980.
There are quite a few Johnny Winter albums that are considered "non-official." A majority of these albums were produced by the late Roy Ames, owner of Home Cooking Records/ Clarity Music Publishing. According to a Houston Press article dated Aug 28, 2003, Johnny Winter left town for the express purpose of getting away from him. Roy Ames died on August 14, 2003 of natural causes at age 66. As Ames left no obvious heirs, the ownership rights of the Ames master recordings remains unclear.
As Johnny stated in an interview when the subject of Roy Ames came up, "This guy has screwed so many people it makes me mad to even talk about him."
In a recent interview for North Bay Bohemian, a Northern California weekly, Johnny explained his current approach to music:
"Most of the stuff I do is fairly old," he says, which befits the lifelong bluesman. But don't expect to hear "Rock 'n' Roll Hoochie Koo," even though that was one of his signature songs back in the day. On this tour, Winter says firmly, "we're not playing any rock and roll at all."
The Smashing Pumpkins paid a homage to Winter by recording an instrumental song titled Tribute to Johnny, in which they try to resemble Winter's unique sound. The song was originally intended for their highly acclaimed 1995 album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness but was rejected and eventually turned as b-side on their Zero single and also was included in their box-set The Aeroplane Flies High.
01. Rock And Roll, Hoochie Koo
02. I'm Yours And I'm Hers
03. Johnny B. Goode
04. I'll Drown In My Tears
05. Come On In My Kitchen (Previously Unreleased)
06. Rollin' And Tumblin'
07. Highway 61 Revisited
08. Hustled Down In Texas
09. Mother-In-Law Blues
11. Miss Ann
12. It's My Own Fault (Live)
13. Mean Town Blues (Live)
14. Still Alive And Well
15. Be Careful With A Fool
16. Memory Pain