Blues singer-guitarist Johnny Winter grew up in Beaumont, Texas where he would frequent the black clubs where he honed his talent. As a teenager, Johnny could play impressively enough to be invited by his idol, Muddy Waters, to sit in on a session. His first recordings were regional, and in 1968, he attracted attention from Rolling Stone, which featured him in a piece on Texas musicians. National labels fought to sign him, and his first album came out late in 1968. When Jack Robinson photographed the twenty-five-year-old Winter on May 1, 1969, Vogue described him as a man “hurtled into fame early in 1969 like a man jumping through a window.” Later in 1969, Winter would play at Woodstock.
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