Johnny Winter Dies; Legendary Guitarist Was 70

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Iconic blues guitarist Johnny Winter died last night at age 70. His body was discovered in a Zurich hotel room, and no cause of death has been reported.

Johnny Winter

A god among guitarists, Winter first hit it big in 1968 when Rolling Stone dubbed him one of the most skilled musicians of his time. In 2003, the magazine listed Winter as number 63 on its list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

Though he spent much of his career as a successful solo artist, Johnny is perhaps best known for his collaborations with his younger brother Edgar Winter, as well for his work with blues/rock group Johnny Winter And.

The latter group is remembered for the popular 1970 single "Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo," which later became a Top 40 hit for the band's guitarist, RIckĀ Derringer:

Winter struggled with heroin addiction early in his career and recorded the song "Still Alive and Well" to celebrate kicking the habit in 1973.

A new Winter album with appearances from Eric Clapton and Ben Harper is slated for release on September 2.

Along with Tommy Ramone, Winter is the second 70s rock legend to pass away this week.

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