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Blues legend Johnny Winter, 70, found dead in Swiss hotel room

Published on Jul 17, 2014 8:52 PM
 
Legendary blues guitarist Johnny Winter performs on stage during a concert at the Valencia Jazz Festival on July 19, 2008. Johnny Winter, an American blues rock guitarist, vocalist and band leader best known for his virtuoso slide-guitar solos and raspy vocals, was found dead in a hotel room outside Zurich, the Swiss police said on Thursday, July 17, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

ZURICH (Reuters) - Johnny Winter, an American blues rock guitarist, vocalist and band leader best known for his virtuoso slide-guitar solos and raspy vocals, was found dead in a hotel room outside Zurich, the Swiss police said on Thursday. He was 70.

Along with his brother Edgar Winter, also a well known blues musician, the Texas-born Winter revered African-American blues tradition and began performing in his teens.

Winter, distinctive because he and brother Edgar were albino, broke into national fame in 1968, when Rolling Stone magazine dubbed him the hottest musician outside Janis Joplin.

In 1969, he played the Newport Jazz Festival, where he performed with B.B. King, one of his musical idols, and at Woodstock.

 
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