This Day in Music notes that Dan Hartman died of a brain tumor on March 22, 1994. Hartman was a mainstay in both Winters’ careers and, among other things, wrote Free Ride, according to the item.
TDIM also notes that Randy Hobbs, a bass player for Johnny Winter, was born on this day in 1948. He died in 1993.
Above, Hartman plays bass on Frankenstein, a hit for Edgar Winter. Rick Derringer is the lead guitar player and Chuck Ruff is on drums. The people look dated, but the song still sounds great.by
The amount of talent on YouTube and similar sites is astounding. Many of the performers are not complete unknowns, but don’t have national followings. A good example of this is The Steve Thorpe Band. Thorpe, who unfortunately passed away a couple of years ago, was a fabulous guitarist in the Johnny Winter slide mode (at least in this version of Dust My Broom).
Here is another example. Eric Lugosch brings a unique perspective and crystal clear playing. He plays a lot of Rev. Gary Davis, but doesn’t copy. Instead Lugosch re-imagines and reinterprets the song. That is a big difference. Here is his site.by
Johnny Winter and Jethro Tull appeared on this day in 1969 and 1970 at the Newport Jazz Festival and the Atlanta Pop Festival, respectively. Other performers in Newport included James Brown, Led Zeppelin, Sly and the Family Stone, Jeff Beck, Savoy Brown, Johnny Winter, The Buddy Guy Blues Band, The Mothers Of Invention and Ten Years. It’s strange they didn’t change the name of the festival.
The above clip is from last year. It’s good to see that Winter is still alive and well.by
Not too much to say about Vaughan. The videos speak for themselves. High on the too-long list of musicians who died too young.
Here are Hendrix’ Voodoo Chile, Testify, Scuttle Buttin‘ and Pride and Joy, perhaps his best known song. There is a lot on the Internet about Vaughan, including his homepage and a tremendous archive that includes links to many other sites. It’s interesting that bassist Tommy Shannon were mainstays with Vaughan (in the band Double Trouble) and Johnny Winter, a guitar phenom of a generation earlier.
This is all terrific, but the way they end the song really shows what a great band this is. The other guitarist is Rick Derringer.
Obviously, Johnny has some health problems. At the other end of the spectrum is Fast Life Rider, recorded in a strange club setting when the brothers were kids. Both songs were on Second Winter, a double album with one blank side. Here is Johnny’s site, Edgar’s and Derringer’s.by