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Johnny Winter, longtime ambassador of Texas blues, dies at 70
Johnny Winter, longtime ambassador of Texas blues, dies at 70

With his imposing height and flowing white hair, Texas blues guitarist Johnny Winter cut an intimidating figure as he roamed the stage. The guitarist died at age 70 on Wednesday in Zurich, Switzerland, during a European tour, a passing that confirms a musician dedicated to exploring his muse until the end. A guitarist who rose out of East Texas in the 1960s to become an ambassador to a generation of young fans digging for American music's roots, Winter was the most visible Texas blues progenitor of the era, at least until his avowed disciples, brothers Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughn, took up the torch. Winter was best known for his string of albums released on Columbia Records in...

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