The Johnny Winter Story

Johnny Winter timeline in 1969

Johnny Winter in 1969

1969 was a special year for Johnny Winter, not only for Johnny Winter but also for many other artists. This page is dedicated to a very special year in pop and rock music: 1969.

 

 

 

Johnny Winter positions in the Billboard Charts during 1969

 

January 1969

 

7 January 1969

New York Times publishes an article called "Blues Guitar Sound of Johnny Winter Comes North" by Mike Jahn

Friday, Saturday 10 and 11 January 1969

B.B. King, Johnny Winter, Terry Reid at the FIllmore East , Second Avenue at Sixth Street.

 

February 1969

Johnny Winter is signed to CBS Records, for 300,000 a year, making him the highest paid musician in history at that point.
Winter was later to bitterly regrest at all this ballyhoo: "I had this "fuckin" manager man. He made everybody think I got all that bread at one time. It was actually spread over a long time. I just wished I could give the whole goddam lot back and start over.

Tuesday, 4 February 1969: Johnny Winter Signs up with CBS

Johnny Winter signs up with Columbia Records (CBS) for $300,000 published in the New York Times on 4 February 1969.

 

 

Friday, 10 January 1969, Saturday 11 Jan 1969: Fillmore East

Bill Graham presents in New York - Blues: B.B. King, Johnny Winter, Terry Reid - Joshua Light Show Fillmore East , see also: Johnny Winter at the Fillmore East 1969

B.B. King and Johnny Winter at Fillmore East

 

 

Friday, 14 February 1969, Saturday 15 Feb 1969 - Fillmore East

Jeff Beck Group, Johnny Winter, Aorta, Joshua Light Show at the Fillmore East

Jeff Beck Group, Johnny Winter and Aorta

Jeff Beck, Johnny Winter

 

Danish TV - Johnny and Edgar

Setlist includes: Tobacco Road, Frankenstein.

Friday 28 February 1969 - The Gastonia Gazette

An article called "On the C Sharp Scene" - Old Groups Add a New Thing" with CBS Director Clive Davis comments on Johnny Winter signing the contract with CBS

Time Magazine, 28 Feb 1969

Cover: Richard Nixon Music: Chicken-Soup Freak , Pic at the Fillmore

"The hottest recording discovery in the land... The swingingest, funkiest blues inger to come out of the south in years!"

Rolling Stone Magazine, 1969

"Hot Prospect: Columbia's Bid Bags Johnny Winter"

"Johnny Winter Fiasco Goes On"

 

11-12 April 1969 Boston Tea Party

Johnny Winter and The Raven perform on 11-12 April at the Boston Tea Party

Saturday, 12 April 1969: Progressive Blues Experiment

Johnny Winter's album The Progressive Blues Experiment scores 49 on the Billboard charts and is reviewed in the Los Angeles Times

 

 

Sunday 13 April 1969 Los Angeles Times

"Pop Album Briefs" Johnny Winter's Blues Sound - Pete Johnson reviews the "Progressive Blues Experiment" quote "Johnny's playing and singing are frequently high speed, similar in tempo and texture to English blues interpretations His voice has a hoarse crying quality which works nicely on his LP

18 April 1969 New York Times

An ad SAM GOODY stores for Johnny WInter's CBS debut album, catalog price $4.98 for the Sam Goody price of $2.69

22 April 1969 Roundhouse, London, England

Juicy Lucy , Johnny Winter

Wednesday 30 April 1969 Oakland Tribune , Teen Age!

A lengthy review of the "Progressive Blues Experiment" by Michael Joseph Heinrich

Circus, May 1969

Cover: Janis Joplin Article: Johnny Winter: Will He Be the Next Superstar? Probably.

Tuesday 6 May 1969 Chronicle Telegram

Ask Gary: reports

Columbia and Atlantic record companies have a bad case of winter blues.
A long time ago, even before lie was really together, music-wise, Johnny Winter was described by Mike Bloomfield as the "greatest white blues artist in the world."
THAT WAS IN 1965, a lifetime ago measuring by the longevity of most musicians' success. Today Johnny is truly an artistic genius who enjoys the envy and admiration of blues artists the world over.However until very recently he had been something less than a success financially. Then all of a sudden every major record label dealing in blues began bidding for his services.

COLUMBIA RECORDS won the bidding derby with an offer of $500,000, a bid to make most pro-football team owners look like cheapskates. Things were looking up for the Texas musician.

In a hurry to get a return on its investment, Columbia started cutting records like there was to be no tomorrow. An LP is scheduled for release early this month.

COLUMBIAS Promotion department bought full page ads in trade magazines, screaming the praises of the heretofore unheralded Winter, and extolling the virtues of his forthcoming album with phrases like "Columbia presents Johnny Winter, a white flame ignited by black blues." (from an ad in Billboard on April).
Before Columbia could get the success bandwagon mov- ing with any speed. Jerry Wexler of Atlantic Records poured sugar in the gas tank.

IT TURNS out that Wexler and Atlantic purchased a recording contract on Winter from a Texan named Roy Ames for $50.000. They contend this is the only valid contract because it pre-dates Johnny's contract withColumbia.

IN AN INTERVIEW with Rolling Stone mag, Johnny declared his contract with Ames is no longer valid because: Ames failed to pick up his 1969 option to renew. He also asserted that Ames failed to record him since 1966. although the contract stipulated that a certain amount of material was to be recorded, but not necessarily released, every year. Furthermore, said Johnny, he was never paid royalties
or union scale session fees for the single and tapes he did make for Ames in 1966.

Both Columbia and Atlantic have stated they will release material by Winter. However Atlantic will release only the material on the tapes it received from Ames.

WINTER, WHO TURNED Atlantic down when they originally approached him, says he'll never record exclusively forAtlantic. He told Rolling Stone, "I'd never honor that contract with Roy Ames because it's not a good one."Somebody should tell Johnny that never is an awfully long time

9 May 1969 The Albuquerque Journal

A short note on Johnny WInter's first CBS album with focus ob corporatiob with blues giants: "Johnny Winter (Columbia C 882C) teams with a group of traditional blues artists, Including Willie Dixon and Walter "Shnkey" Horton, to turn out ono ol those good blends of electric pop guitar and Negro blues. The sound Is reminiscent of the more funky efforts by Canned Heat."

 

Saturday, 10 May 1969: Johnny Winter

Johnny Winter's first CBS album "Johnny Winter" aka the Black album, scores 24 in the Billboard charts

Saturday 17 May 1969 Corpus Christi Times Caller Times

Winter Just Keeps on Playing Back Home, a column by Al Rudis

Friday 23 May 1969 The News

The Jazz Scene by Mike Davenport reports on Johnny Winters first album

Sunday 25 May 1969 Sunday Post-Crescent

Brief mentioning of Johnny Winter in the pagr with new albums reviews

 

Friday, 30 May 1969 - Saturday 31 May 1969: Detroit Rock'n'Roll Revival, Michigan State Fairgrounds, Detroit.

"The Albino" - Johnny Winter, gave the best performance of his career for the enlivened crowd on Friday night 30 May 1969. Even with lackluster sidemen, his albino blues brought the crowd to its feet and even drew one admirer, unable to restrain himself to the stage where he ambraced the "phantom of black blues" with a hug and kiss before being whisked off stage.

This two-day event featured advertised performances by the following (as listed on the original poster):

The MC5 / Chuck Berry / Sun Ra / Dr. John / Johnny Winter / The Stooges / Terry Reid / The Amboy Dukes / SRC / The Frost / The Rationals / Teegarden & Van Winkle / Lyman Woodard / The Up / The Wilson Mower Pursuit / Third Power / The New York Rock & Roll Ensemble /David Peel & the Lower East Side / The Red, White & Blues Band / Sky / Train / Savage Grace / The James Gang / Cast /The Gold Brothers / Dutch Elm.

 

Also appearing, but not listed on the poster: Brownsville Station/Plain Brown Wrapper.

Johnny Winter, John Turner, Tommy Shannon in 1969 by Burton Wilson

 

May 1969

Imperial releases a one-off album: "The Progressive Blues Experiment" which makes us #49. Recorded some-time earlier it is released in competition with the Columbia album.

Johnny Winter records a session together with Jimi Hendrix at the Record Plant. The band includes: Dallas Taylor (drums), Steve Stills on Guitar and Jimi Hendrix on bass. The recordings include: "Things That I Used to Do". Jimi & Johnny's performance of this song has never been officially released except as excerpts on the "Lifelines" box set of a few years ago.
See also: "The Things I Used To Do"

Jun 1969

Columbia debut album "Johnny Winter" reachs US #24

 

 

Thursday 5 June 1969 - Hays Daily news

What's going on in Teen-Age World?

TEENS ARE RAPPING
ABOUT . . . Tiny Tim's successor, a 24-year-old cross-eyed albino guitarist with shoulder-length pineapple sherbet hair who goes by the name of Johnny
Winter . . . Winter starts off a song wailing like Yma Sumac... then the bottom falls out of his voice and he's down on the salty river bottom grinding out his funky lightning volts

6 June 1969 The Los Angeles Times

Blues by Albino by Joe Cappo

Music Epitome of Blackness

 

Thursday 12 June 1969 - Saturday 14 1969 Boston Tea Party

Johnny Winter and The Raven at the Boston Tea Party

20 June 1969 Newport Jazz Festival

Newport '69 to showcase 30 Pop-Rock Superstars

Newport '69 at Devonshire Downs in Northridge. Tickets available for 6$ and the 3 day package 15$

 

Poster of the Newport Jazz Festival

 

The Brandon Sun newspaper mentions:

On 22 June The Rascals hold top spot. Guest star is the latest flash in eccentric-rock pan JOHNNY WINTER- This albino artist has been referred to by various pop columnists as The White Tiny TIm, perhaps an unfair comparison as his rendition of Heavy Blues has won him acclaim at such places as the Fillmore in New York.

Saturday, 21 June 1969 and Sunday 22 Jun 1969 Toronto Pop Festival, Varsity Stadium, Toronto, Canada

The success of the Toronto Pop Festival is heralded in the Bridgeport Post, Monday 23 June 1969: Texan Johnny Winter twanged his blue guitar and got four standing ovations.

Johnny Winter Toronto Pop festival 1969

23 June 1969 Emporia KS Gazette

Texas-born blues guitarist and singer Johnny Winter has embarked on his first national tour beginning with an appearance at the Seminóle Indian Village in Florida.

The Capitol Times Green , Madison WIs, is reporting that Booker T. Johnny Winter and Albert King are in town.

The WInnipeg Free Press reports: Toronto Pop Festival a HIT, highlighting Johnny WInter's performance as the best of the evening.

 

Friday 27 June 1969 - The Brandon Sun reports:

Super-group fills blues-rock niche by Grahame Newton

The star of the Saturday session was Johnny Winter, an albino blues guitarist who is currently rated among the best in North America.

 

Saturday, 28 June 1969 - Denver Pop Festival, Mile High Stadium, Denver Colorado

    Setlist (partial?)
  1. Rollin' & tumblin'
  2. Help me
  3. Leland Mississippi
  4. Going down slow
  5. Mean town blues
  6. I'm not sure
  7. It's my own fault

Other bands include: Jimi Hendrix

Sunday, 29 June 1969 - Walker Art Center / Tyrone Guthrie Theatre

Johnny Winter Band and The Holy Modal Rounders. The Johnny WInter band: Johnny Winter, Tom Shannon and "Uncle" John Turner.

The Holy Model Rounders are Peter Stanofel, Steve Weber, Richard Tyler, Michael McCarthy, John Annas

June 1969 Johnny Winter at Walker Art Center / Tyrone Guthrie Theatre

 

Tuesday, 1 July 1969: Fillmore West

Johnny Winter, Lonnie Mack, Rockin' Foo, Lights: Brotherhood Of Light

Tuesday 1 July 1969 Los Angeles Times

Pop Festival Hailed by Toronto Fans, with mentioning of Johnny Winter

Thursday, 3 July 1969 - Atlanta Pop Festival

 

Venue: Atlanta International Raceway

    Performers at the '69 Atlanta Internation Pop Festival included:
  • Delaney & Bonnie
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Joe Cocker
  • Johnny Winter
  • Led Zeppelin
  • Janis Joplin
  • Sweetwater

 

 

 

 

Thursday, 3 July 1969 - Newport Jazz Festival at Festival Field.

16th Annual Newport Jazz Festival, Thu, Fri, Sat and Sun, July 3, 4, 5, 6. Johnny played on Sunday 6 July and shares the evening with Herbie Hancock, B.B. King, Buddy Rich, and Led Zeppelin.

Newspaper reports: Artists participating include Grammy ''Award winning pianist Bill Evans. ho will add Jeremy Steig on flute to his trio for the occasion; the exciting and popular Young-Holt Unlimited, recently on the charts with "Soulful Strut"; the definitive jazz vocalist, Miss Anita O'Day; returning .to Newport .after a long absence; guitarists Kenny Burrell and George Benson; dynamic and influential young drummer Sunny Murray; altoist Phil Woods and His European Machine; trumpeter, Freddie. Hubbard and his Quintet; and Sun Ra and his Solar Arkestra.

Blues fans will get a double treat on the Mixed Bag Concert when Johnny Winter, a young guitar sensation from Texas, meets veteran blues man B. B. King, the originator of the modern blues guitar style.

    Setlist:
  1. Intro
  2. Leland Mississipi
  3. Black cat bone
  4. Mean town blues
  5. Slide jam
  6. Dallas [!! with slide guitar!]
  7. I love everybody [rare]
  8. It's my own fault
  9. Everyday I have the blues [13 minutes jam with B.B. King]
  10. Five long years [17 minutes with B.B. King]

 

Tuesday, 1 July 1969 till Sunday 6 July 1969 - Fillmore West

Fillmore West 1969

Fillemore East 1969

Life Magazine, 4 Jul 1969

Review: It's Hard to Fake the Blues (Probably one of Johnny's worst)

Friday 11 and Saturday, 12 July 1969: Laurel Pop Festival , Laurel Race Track in Maryland

Johnny Winter performs on Friday 11 July 1969

 

Laurel Pop Festival in Laurel Md in 1969. Washington Post contained an article about the Festival written by the reporter Bob Woodward (Watergate Scandal). Johnny was a no name at the time. The Festival include Jeff Beck, Jethro Tull, and Headlined by Led Zeppelin.
He came out and played cuts from Progressive Blues Experiment and Johnny Winter(Columbia). He was Playing with Uncle John Turner and Tommy Shannon. Before his set was over, everyone was standing on their chairs. A couple of times between songs he asked the crowd up front to back up and stop pushing. The Newspaper story speaks of the New white blues player that was the hit of the festival.

A groupie recalls from those days

Johnny Winter Laurel Pop Festival 1969

Saturday 12 July 1969 The Times Herald Record

A newspaper ad announcing the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, An Aquarian Exposition in Town of Walkhill, near Middletiwn, N.Y. Three Days of Peace and Music

Tuesday 15 July 1969 Chronicle Telegram

A newspaper ad for Blood, Sweat and Tears and Johnny WInter at Cleveland

 

20 Juy 1969 New York Times

A newspaper ad promoting the Woodstock Music and Art Fair.

 

Thursday, 24 July 1969 - West Allison, Wisconsin

    Setlist:
  1. Leland Mississippi
  2. Divin' duck
  3. Black cat bone
  4. It's my own faulty
  5. Mean town blues
  6. Johnny B. goode
 

Friday 25 July 1969 - Cleveland Public Hall

Belkin Productions present: Creedence Clearwater Revival plus Johnny Winter, tickets 3.50$ and 5.50$. Tickets on sale at Record World, Midway Mall, Elyria. This event was also known as "Midsummer's Night Dream"

Sat. Review, 26 Jul 1969

Review: New Adventures of the Jazz Guitar (Bad Review)

Saturday 26 July 1969 - 1969 Forest Hill Music Festival at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium

Blood, Sweat and Tears. Johnny Winter

Sunday 27 July 1969 - New York Times

An ad promoting the Woodstock Music & Art Fair

Look, 29 Jul 1969


Winter Blues, By Thomas Barry. A Texas albino called JOHNNY WINTER wows the pop world with music that is old, new borrowed -- and blue. A complete copy of this Look's article can be found on the "Mean Town Blues" site.

Johnny WInter Look Magazine

 

Monday 28 July 1969 - New York Times

Mike Jahn writes a full column review of Johnny Winter's performance at the Forest . Hill Event. This article is called: "Agility marks Blues by Johnny Winter at Forest Hills Fete".

   

Tuesday 29 July 1969 Chronicle Telegram

Review the Cleveland show

Johnny Winter's singing was over-powering at times, but his playing was always good. A standing ovation brought him back to do "Johnny B. Good" as encore, delighting the crowd

It seems certain that Johnny made many new fans Friday night in Cleveland. He recently received a half-million dollar bonus when he signed with Columbia Records.

 

Hit Parader, August 1969

On Cover: Johnny Winter's Texas Blues

Friday 1 August The News

Brad Ritter previews the show at Hollywood Bowl, calling it "Winter May Warm Bowl ... or half of it.

 

Friday 1 August 1969 Hollywood Bowl

In the concert series of "Summer, Show and Stars" at the Hollywood Bowl, Blood Sweat and Tears, Kaleidoscope with Guest Star: Johnny Winter

    Setlist:
  1. Help me
  2. Leland Mississipi Blues
  3. Mean Town Blues
  4. It's my own Fault
  5. I hate Everybody
  6. Tell the truth
  7. What I Say

This concert of Johnny Winter has been released on the bootleg "Johnny Winter HOT"

Friday, 1 August 1969 - Sunday 3 August 1969 - Atlantic City Pop Festival.

Atlantic City Race Track, Atlantic City, N.J. August 1-2-3 Fri, Sat and Sun. Johnny was supposed to play on Fri. Aug 1, due to equipment problems he never appeared on stage, other rumors tell that because Johnny Winter is an albino, that he could not play because of the sun.

The Commercial Appeal Mid-South Magazine 1969 with Johnny Winter

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   

Friday, 15 August 1969 - Saturday, 16 August 1969: Electric Theatre / Kinetic Playground, Chicago

Paul Butterfield, Johnny Winter and special guest: "The Flock"

Friday 15 August Pacific Stars and Stripes

Hollie I. West writes Big Money Whites singing Black

The publicity given to Miss Janis Joplin's career had not been equalled until Columbia Records helped bring Johnny Winter on the national scene earlier this year. Winter has immersed himself in a variety of styles, none of which he has brought any originality. He journeys the imitative route through the music of Ray Charles, Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf.

Despite the Absence of a fresh musical approach, Johnny Winter was signed for one of the most spectacular contracts in the history of the recording industry — an initial fee of $300,000 and a long term con- tract calling for $600,000. B.B. King, the most creative bluesman on the current scene, has not seen such money for a recording contract.

 

Sunday 17 August Oakland Tribune

Folk Rock Musicians borrow from the Blues too, by Craig Modderno

The current blues revival also has brought quick success to such relative newcomers as the Steve Miller" Blues Band and blues singer Johnny Winter.

Winter said in a recent Newsweek article of this $300k record contract: "I went from total nothingness to everything. I'd been put down for years for singing the blues and suddenly everyone liked me and wanted to hear me

Sunday, 17 August 1969: Woodstock 1969

Aug 15,16,17 (Bethel. New York) Johnny performs on the third day, playing "Mean Town Blues". Sun 17th Aug at the Woodstock festival, along with Country Joe and the Fish, Alvin Lee and Ten Years After, Joe Cocker, Sha-Na-Na, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, The Band, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, and Jimi Hendrix. Like many of the performers there, it is not known if Johnny got paid for his performance: he was suppose to have gotten $3,750.

Johnny Winter Woodstock 1969

When Michael Wadleigh, director of WOLFEN, and Bob Maurice were filming the festival, they wanted to include footage of Johnny for the upcoming Warner Bros. film, WOODSTOCK. A movie commemorating the event for those that were able to attend and for those who could not. Regrettably, disagreements occurred over the contract that Steve Paul had drawn up for Johnny and before things could be resolved, the parties concerned went without the footage. Likewise, Johnny was left out of the WOODSTOCK and WOODSTOCK II albums that were issued by Cotillion Records in 1970 and 1971. In fact, the recordings remained dormant until 1994 (the 25th Anniversary of Woodstock), when Atlantic Records included Johnny?s "Mean Town Blues" on WOODSTOCK DIARY and WOODSTOCK: 3 DAYS OF PEACE AND MUSIC-THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION.
Johnny Winter Woodstock 1969
Johnny Winter and Joe Cocker

The programme of 17 Aug 1969:

  • Joe Cocker @ 2:00pm
  • The BIG STORM - not a band, but Mother Nature wanted to have an act in Woodstock nonetheless
  • Max Yasgur - the farmer whose land Woodstock was held on
  • Country Joe and the Fish
  • Ten Years After @ 8:00pm
  • The Band @ 10:30pm
  • Blood, Sweat and Tears @ 12:00am
  • Johnny Winter
  • Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young @ 3:00am
  • The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
  • Sha-Na-Na
  • Jimi Hendrix @ 8:30am

 

 

  Johnny Winter's performance at Woodstock 1969 has been released on the DVD's: Woodstock 1969 Director's cut and Woodstock Diaries 1969

  • About Woodstock: Johnny: "I woke up and wandered onstage"

    Many have forgotten that Texas guitarist Johnny Winter was at Woodstock since he didn't appear on the Woodstock albums.

    His main recollection is of crawling up to sleep on a pile of garbage in a press trailer.

    "Then I woke up and wandered onstage with the band just to see what was going on,"he said. "Whoever was scheduled to be on wasn't on, so the audience saw us and wanted us to go on."

At the time, 'Winter's' manager (Steve Paul) had blown off an agreement to be in the film and on the record. The movie cameras did take footage of Winter, but none of it was included in the final film. 'Woodstock, Three Days Of Peace and Love'. The filmmakers said Winter's act was too strange, he remembers. "Too strange for Woodstock! That was all about flaunting traditions, so that must have been pretty strange."

The set-list was:

  • To Tell The Truth"
  • Johnny B. Goode
  • "Six Feet in the Ground"
  • Leland Mississippi Blues or Rock Me Baby?
  • Mama, Talk To Your Daughter
  • Mean Mistreater
  • "I Can't Stand It" with Edgar Winter )
  • Tobacco Road...( with Edgar Winter )
  • Meantown Blues (encore)

Various movies of this historic pop-festival are available, I'm not sure if Johnny Winter appears in anyone of them, below a summary:

Creation Of Woodstock 1969 Music Festival - Interviews w/ founders & developers of fest. & clips by Ritchie Havens, Leslie West, Mountain, Arlo Guthrie, Janie Jop lin, & Sly & Family Stone. Archival photos & rare & never-b efore-seen film footage. 60 min

Woodstock - 3 Days Of Peace & Music - Woodstock set the standard for all rockumentaries to come. Sensing that the now-legendary 1969 Woodstock concert would be something more than a mere "happening", director Michael Wadleigh brought along a battalion of cinematographers and assistants. As a result, what could have been an aloof, detached record of the landmark concert is as "up close and personal" as it was possible to get without actually being there. Utilizing widescreen, splitscreen, and stereo-sound technology to the utmost, Wadleigh puts us right in the middle of the 400,000 screaming, mud-caked spectators, then zooms in to loving closeups of the stars. Edited by Martin Scorsese (among many others), the finished product won the 1970 Oscar for Best Documentary-and was also stamped with an "R" rating due to some innocuous (by 1990s standards) nudity and profanity. The talent lineup includes Canned Heat, Richie Havens, Country Joe and the Fish, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, David Crosby and Stephen Stills, Jefferson Airplane, Joe Cocker, Arlo Guthrie, John Sebastian, Sly and the Family Stone, Ten Years After and Sha Na Na. The original 184 minute running time was expanded to 224 minutes for the 1994 video version, featuring previously excised footage of Janis Joplin. One of our favorite shots in Woodstock has no music at all: the final image, as a group of dour policemen survey the garbage and debris left behind by the Woodstock Naton.

The Compilation album Woodstock - 3 Days Of Peace & Music released on four CD's contains "Mean Town Blues" performed by Johnny Winter.

Woodstock: Director's Cut

 

 

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    23 or 24 Aug 1969 - Shea Stadium in New York

     

    24 August Corpus Christi

    Newspaper ad promoting The Texas International Pop Festival

    Sat 30 Aug 1969 until Mon 1 Sep 1969 Texas International Pop Festival

    Dallas International Motor Speedway, Louisville, TX. Other artists: included Canned Heat, Janis Joplin, James Cotton, Santana , Sam & Dave, Chicago, Led Zeppelin , Sly and the Family Stone and Ten Years After.

    Texas International Pop Festival 1969
      Sat 30 Aug 1969
    1. Canned Heat
    2. Chicago Transit Authority
    3. James Cotton Blues Band
    4. Janis Joplin
      Sun 31 Aug 1969
    1. Chicago Transit Authority
    2. James Cotton Blues Band
    3. Delaney and Bonnie and Friends
    4. Incredible String Band
    5. B.B. King
      Mon 1 Sep 1969
    1. Johnny Winter
    2. Delaney and Bonnie and Friends
    3. B.B. King
    4. Nazz
    5. Sly and the Family Stone
    Texas International Pop Festival 1969
    Video material of the Texas International Pop Festival has been released as: "Got No Shoes, Got No Blues"

    Saturday 30 August Corpus Christi Times

    Joe Cappo writes a short biography calling it "Solid White Singer"

    The Texas International Pop concert of Johnny Winter resulted in the record: "White Lighting" and is also available on video: Got No Shoes Got No Blues - video of the 1969 Texas International Pop Festival

      Setlist of Johnny Winter at the Texas International Pop Festival 1969
    1. Intro
    2. Mean town blues
    3. Black cat bone
    4. Mean mistreater
    5. Talk to your daughter
    6. Leland, Mississipi
    7. I'm not sure (fade out)

    Someone remembers:

    I first saw Johnny Winter at the Texas International Pop Festival in 1969, a few weeks after Woodstock. There were close to 300,000 people there.

    Johnny was dressed entirely in white and was wearing a white jacket with long fringe. He played at night on the third day and when the spotlights hit him I'm sure he could be seen for miles. I imagine people looking out of their plane windows could have seen him that night. He reflected light so well.

    I can't remember if he had a bass player or not. I have always heard that he did some gigs for a while without one. And it was around that same time. Apparently Johnny and Tommy Shannon had some falling out. I saw Tommy Shannon about a year after Stevie Ray had died, when his new band was playing at a club near where I worked. I mentioned his early stuff with Johnny Winter and got a very chilly response. I guess he was still really hurting from Stevies death, and apparently Johnny Winter is still a sore subject with him. But Stevie was the best friend Tommy ever had. They were like brothers. But I digress.

    At the time of the Texas International Pop Festival, Leeland Mississippi was pretty much Johnny's theme song. I used to hear it on top 40 radio every now and then. I remember he played it that night. He probably opened with it.

    I didn't see him again untill he toured with the band on the "Captured Live" album, with Randy Joe Hobbs and the rest. Except for the festival and maybe one other show, that was probably the show I liked the best.

    Not long after Captured Live Johnny returned more to his bluesy roots and stop doing so many of his older rock-n-roll songs. He was as good as ever, but their were a lot of tunes he just didn't play very often anymore, such as Still Alive and Well, and Rock-n-Roll Hootchie Koo, and Leeland Mississippi.

    I started seeing him fairly regularly in the late seventies and early eighties. He came around quite a lot. He stuck with the same trio for quite a while. The bass player blew harp on almost every song, it seemed. He had a special harmonica rack that looked like a clear plastic tube. He blew harp while he played bass. That trio was perfect for Johnny. That band accounts for some of the best performances I ever saw Johnny give.

    I was still missing some of his old rock songs though. Then one time I saw him in a bar (with the same three-piece band). The band seemed to be in a great mood that night, and it was a good crowd too. There was a built-in table that surrounded the whole stage. That is where I was sitting. People who were sitting there started writing song requests on napkins and passing them up to the bass player to read. After Johnny had done a few requests, I decided this might be my opportunity to hear Leland Mississippi live for the first time in almost ten years. So I handed the request to the bass player, and he whispered in Johnny's ear. Johnny and the bass player went over and talked to the drummer for a while. I don't think they had ever even rehersed that song before as a group, because they talked about it for quite a while. Then Johnny stepped up to the mike and said,"Here's an old one that I haven't played in a long time, called Leland Mississippi."

    They played it perfectly, and the crowd went nuts. Johnny's fans are some of the most loyal in the music business. They are mostly old timers who know his music backwards and forwards. I think everyone else was as happy as me to hear that song after such a long time.

    Johnny was obviously enjoying himself at this point. I never saw him so happy at a show before or since. At one point someone requested a song, and Johnny and the bass player had another meeting. Then Johnny said into the mike," We've got a song we're gonna do, but I'm going to let my bass player play guitar." Then they switched, and Johnny started playing bass. I believe it was Wipe Out, but they ended up doing three songs that way, if I remember right. They were all laughing and having a blast up there. That was obvious. Anyway, they did do Wipe Out (of all songs for Johnny to play), and they were loving it. The drummer did a solo, and then came out from behind his drumms and started playing his solo on mike stands and anything he could get to. He eventually came to the front of the stage and started drumming on the stage floor and the table that surrounded it. He was right at our place at the table and started playing his solo on our glass ashtray. Butts and ashes were flying everywhere, but that was alright. We didn't care. It was a blast.

    It was like they were playing in their own garage. They were really having a ball. Eventually Johnny and the bass player switched back and they went back to playing Johnny's stuff. They played a long time, and did several encores. That crowd just wouldn't let the band get out of there that night. That was one of the best shows I ever saw Johnny put on. He also did "Hustled Down in Texas" off of Second Winter. That is the only time I remember hearing him play that song live. I've never seen Johnny have so much fun as on that night.

    saw him a lot of times after that too. I've seen him so many times I really couldn't count them all. Another good show saw I was back in 1985 roughly. That was when he was billed with Edgar's band and The Greg Allman Band. Edgar opened the show, and he was in top form. He almost had a fussion sound mixed in with his past styles. It's obvious that Edgar just keeps studying. Everytime you see him he is better, and introducing new elements into his music.

    After Edgar, Greg Allman's band came on. They had Dangerous Dan Toller on lead if I remember right. They had plenty of guitar power to do all of the Allman brothers material. In fact it really sounded more like an Allman Brothers concert. They did Whipping Post, Statesboro Blues, and a lot of other Allman Brothers stuff. Then Johnny came on. He didn't have a bit of trouble topping Edgar and Greg. I really thought there might be a few Greg Allman fans leaving after his show, but that didn't happen. That was one of the best shoes I have ever seen.

    I don't know if there are any other Johnny Winter fans out there, (in this ng) but this post is for them.

  • SEPTEMBER 1969

    This chapter of the Johnny Winter Story's timelines , starts with some concert reviews , followed by detailed information on an almost day to day basis

     

    Hit Parader, September 1969

    Article: An Interview with Johnny Winter

    Johnny Winter Strobe Magazine Sep 1969

     

     

    Friday , Saturday 5 & 6 September 1969 Grande Ballroom , Detroit

    Johnny Winter, Sky

    7 September 1969 Kleinhans Music Hall , Buffalo

    The Blues Show with Johnny Winter (The Daily Messenger Canadaigua)

    Tuesday 16 September 1969 Delta Democrat Times, Greenville Mississippi

    It really never died for Blacks: Blues hitting white Youth by Hollis I West, the Washington Post.

     

     

    Saturday, 27 September 1969: The Johnny Winter Story

    On Saturday, 27 September 1969 "The Johnny Winter Story" a compilation of early tracks cut during his days in Chicago, and released by GRT peaks US #111

    3 October 1969: Massey Hall,Toronto, Canada

    Opening act for the Johnny Winter Show was the local band: Whiskey Howl

    Creem: November 1969

    An article on Johnny Winter by Dave Marsh

    Creem magazine 1969

     

    12 October 1969 New York Times

    A newspaper ad announcing the Bill Graham presents in New York - Johnny Winter, Chicago, Blodwyn Pig and the Joshua Light Show at Fillmore East, second avenue at sixth street

    Saturday, 25 October 1969: Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts

     

    Saturday 1 November 1969 Corpus Christi Caller Times

    Mary Campbell writes Blues Guitarists Happy but Remembers and is writing on the return of Lonnie Mack

    The promotion man for Fillmore East chose Johnny Winter knowing that critics would turn out for Winter and believing that of the two blues guitarists, Lonnie Mack was better than Johnny Winter, and would be compared and discovered

    Thursday 6 November, Friday 7 November and Saturday 8 November 1969 - Raccoon Creek Rock Festival

    Livingston Gym, Denison University. Leading acts: The Who. The Spirit and Johnny Winter. Supporting acts: Owen B, The Dust

    14-15 Nov 1969 - Fillmore east.

    Johnny Winter performs two nights at the Fillmore East

    Johnny Winter Bloodwyn Pig
    Blue Johnny Winter

    Johnny Winter was the man of the night his southern slide, twang guitar style is so very cool and unique and you just must hear rock and roll hoochie coo the man served up some hot and spicy texas blues and sheer rock sweating passion as with the other musical selections just smooth tight harmony  this mixed with the raw real abandon as you can see in his pictures it was just he and the band with the music they were playing for that time the whole of his world was right there on that stage a "true natural force of nature loose in this house of music that was and is Johnny Winter" Then came something and someone I could hardly believe the man introduced his brother Edgar I think I remember him saying this is his new york debut but in all truth I was so blown away by Johnny all I was thing now their are two of them how can this be that thought didn't last long because the man came out like the best professional of the day sat at the organ and with that band and his brother at the helm, they rocked the house down and I do indeed mean "some down with it all rock and roll" as Edgar moved to other instruments, sax, organ etc. and is a virtuoso with each as he sang while mixing in textures in voice and music performance, truly gifted young men, a night I still don't want to forget.

     

    16 November 1969 New York Times

    Mike Jahn reviews the concerts of Chicago and Johnny WInter at Fillmore East, New York

    Chicago is in short a good band but somewhat nondescript when compared with the other popular jazz-rock bands. Friday it was completely overshadowed by Johnny Winter and his band.

     

     

     

     

    28-29 Nov 1969 West Palm Beach festival

    Thanks giving weekend in 1969. It was at a drag strip outside of West Palm on the way to Okechobee (sp?). The band at that time was Johnny, Edgar Winter, Uncle John Turner and Tommy Shannon.

    At that time, Columbia had released Johnny Winter and Second Winter. This was prior to JW hooking up with the McCoys. Johnny played all three nights with Edgar, Uncle John, and Tommy Shannon. He wore a black outfit that looked like a Wyatt Earp or Jesse James type outfit and stalked the stage ripping his guitar

    Among others, Grand Funk played three nights also. The show featured Iron Butterfly, King Crimson (Robin Fripp and Greg Lake), Jefferson Airplane, Rotary Connection (Minnie Ripperton), PG&E, Rolling Stones, Vanilla Fudge, Janis Joplin and Her Full Tilt Boogie Band, and others.
    On the third night, Johnny played, then Vanilla Fudge played followed by Janis. Afterwards, the announcer said, Johnny wants it, Janis wants it, and the Fudge wants one. All three bands came out on stage and jammed.
    Edgar jammed with the drummers, Snooky Flowers, Janis' sax player, and with the organist from Vanilla Fudge. Tommy Shannon (SRVaughn's Double Trouble Band) jammed with both bass players and Johnny jammed with the guitar players. But the top of the show was Janis and Johnny doing some good ole scat singing Texas Blues style.

    Johnny jammed with the guitar players and scatted with Janis, Edgar jammed on drums with the other drummers and on sax with Snooky Flowers, etc. It was a unusual and wonderful thing.

    Saturday, 6 December 1969: Second Winter

    Johnny Winter's album: "Second Winter" reaches position 55 in the Billboard charts

     

    11,12,13 December 1969 Boston Tea Party

    Johnny Winter, Sons of Champlin, Ten Wheel Drive perform at the Boston Tea Party on Lansdowne Street

    Poster of Johnny Winter at the Boston Tea Party contributed by http://www.itsonlyrocknroll.com

    Johnny Winter and Janis Joplin performing together at Boston Music Hall in December 1969

     

    Friday, 19 December 1969: Madison Square Garden

    Janis Joplin with guest apperance from Johnny Winter

    Exact date in 1969 unknown: Memphis Blues Festival

    Johnny Winter jams at Memphis Blues Festival 1969
     

    A promotional ad from 1969

    Johnny Winter Promotioanl Ad 1969

    27, 28, 29 December 1969 Blythe Festival California

    Saturday 27 December 1969 Charleston Daily Mail

    Report on the "Hollywood Rock Festival" with the heading "Rock Event Opens With Camp Fire"

     

    Newport Daily News

    Three day Rock Festival Opens Florida City, expects 35000 fans

     

     

     

     

     

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