Friday Night with Guitar George: Johnny Winter – Jumpin’ Jack Flash

This past week blues-rock guitarist Johnny Winter passed away at the ripe young age of 70.  Winter is probably not a household name to my children’s generation, but in the late 60’s and the 70’s, Johnny and his brother Edgar were successful and popular, recording and performing with each other and also with their own bands and with other famous performers such as Janis Joplin and Muddy Waters.  Johnny Winter played at the original Woodstock concert, but I was unable to find a decent quality video of his performance.  I did, however, stumble upon this little jewel from 1974.  The audio and video quality are very good for a 40 year old clip.  Be patient with this one—Johnny did not have a great singing voice, but hang in there long enough to see his great guitar work.  Bonus gift for those who stay on to the four-minute mark, when Johnny switches from lead to rhythm, and lets his rhythm guitarist make a nice little run playing lead.  I like to give proper credit, so I will need some help identifying the other members of the band in this video.  Rest In Peace, Johnny—your music is immortal.

Stephen came up with the idea for this blog shortly after graduating from Tech. Realizing that life is ephemeral, he decided to put (metaphorical) pen to paper and catalogue his thoughts. His thoughts are series of numbers and spreadsheets, casually categorized as “research,” and said research is usually conducted on the margins of what is both relevant and socially acceptable.

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One comment on “Friday Night with Guitar George: Johnny Winter – Jumpin’ Jack Flash
  1. With some help from the internet, I think I answered my own question: now we know why the rhythm guitarist is so good–that’s Rick Derringer, an accomplished guitarist in his own right. The bass player is Randy Jo Hobbs, and the drummer is Rick’s brother Randy Z (the Z stands for Zehringer, the original spelling of their last name, which Rick changed to Derringer).

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