Texan guitarist passes away...
Johnny Winter

A true blues legend, Johnny Winters toured to the last.

Emerging reports suggest that the guitarist passed away in the early hours of this morning (July 17th) at a hotel room in Zurich, Switzerland.

It's a long way from his home town in Beaumont, Texas, where he discovered the blues at a young age. Entranced, Johnny Winters - together with his brother, Edgar - helped to foster a new sound which fused Chicago blues with emerging rock sounds.

Lauded in his own right, the guitarist - known for his striking albino looks - earned the respect of true legends in the field. A noted producer, Johnny Winters helmed Muddy Waters' 1978 album 'Hard Again' - an album which is widely regarded as one of the singer's finest full length projects.

Remaining active until the last, Johnny Winters was scheduled to release new album 'Step Back' in September via Megaforce. As Blabbermouth point out, the illustrious guests on the album include Eric Clapton, Ben Harper, Billy Gibbons, Joe Perry, Dr. John, Leslie West, Brian Setzer, and Joe Bonnamassa.

Check out Johnny Winters' first UK TV performance below.

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