RIP: Johnny Winter

Great blues and rock guitarist Johnny Winter passed away at age 70.

I’ve always loved his cover of “Highway 61 Revisited”

And I love how much he uses the lower registers in his lead guitar here:

His most famous song is probably “Rock and Roll Hootchie Coo,” but many of us under 50 or so might have originally heard that as a Rick Derringer hit:

And of course “Johnny B. Goode” — but man he shreds on this song:

And I think I like his cover of “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” better than the original. It’s followed up with his brother Edgar’s performance of “Frankenstein.” I’m pretty sure Derringer is up there on stage too:

Published by James Rovira

Dr. James Rovira is higher education professional with twenty years experience in the field in teaching, administration, and advising roles. He is also an interdisciplinary scholar and writer whose works include fiction, poetry, and scholarship exploring the intersections of literature and philosophy, literature and psychology, literary theory, and music and literature.. His books include Women in Rock, Women in Romanticism (Routledge, 2023); David Bowie and Romanticism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2022); Writing for College and Beyond (a first-year composition textbook (Lulu 2019)); Reading as Democracy in Crisis: Interpretation, Theory, History (Lexington Books 2019); Rock and Romanticism: Blake, Wordsworth, and Rock from Dylan to U2 (Lexington Books, 2018); Rock and Romanticism: Post-Punk, Goth, and Metal as Dark Romanticisms (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018); and Blake and Kierkegaard: Creation and Anxiety (Continuum/Bloomsbury, 2010). See his website at for details.

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