JOHNNY WINTER - BOSTON 1991 (R.I.P. 1944-2014)

July 18, 2014 – 5:30 am

JOHNNY WINTER R.I.P. 1944-2014

Blues musician and producer Johnny Winter has died on July 16, 2014 in Zurich, Switzerland at the age of 70, just days after playing at the Lovely Days Festival in Austria. There was no immediate word on the cause of death. Winter, who played with Jimi Hendrix and Muddy Waters, was a friend of John Lennon, who wrote Rock and Roll People in his honour. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards wrote a song for him in 1973 called Silver Train. Winter, like his brother and musician Edgar (of Edgar Winter Group fame) was an albino and known for his long, blond hair and a cowboy hat. During the late ’60s, he performed frequently with Janis Joplin and the pair became lovers. Winter suffered from terrible addiction problems with heroin in the early ’70s and although he had spells of recovery, much of the ’90s was blighted by a reliance on antidepressants, vodka and methadone. Even at 70, Winter was still performing around 200 concerts a year and admitted once that “guitar is the only thing I was ever really great at”. Winter was due to release a new album entitled Step Back on September 2. -

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Boston 1991 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Paradise Theatre, Boston, MA; December 13, 1991. Excellent FM broadcast.

Thanks to Steve Hopkins (shopkin527) for sharing the show at Dime.

WBCN-FM Stereo Simulcast
Tascam DA-20 > Tascam CD-RW900
FM > DAT Master > CDR > EAC secure > Audacity (edits) > CD Wave (tracks) > FLAC

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Track 01. DJ Intro/interview 3:19 (5.6MB)
Track 02. Sen-Sa-Shun 7:39 (12.9MB)
Track 03. You’re Humbuggin’ Me 6:56 (11.7MB)
Track 04. Third Degree 13:46 (23.1MB)
Track 05. Got To Find My Baby 5:55 (9.9MB)
Track 06. You Can’t Judge A Book By Its Cover 9:08 (15.4MB)
Track 07. Mojo Boogie 6:04 (10.2MB)
Track 08. Shake Your Money Maker 4:18 (7.2MB)
Track 09. Let The Good Times Roll 5:27 (9.1MB)
Track 10. Ain’t That Just Like A Woman 3:24 (5.7MB)
Track 11. Rumble 4:20 (7.3MB)
Track 12. Don’t Take Advantage Of Me 5:26 (9.1MB)
Track 13. Okie Dokie Stomp 2:47 (4.7MB)
Track 14. DJ Outro 1:59 (3.3MB)
81 mins

Johnny Winter - guitar, vocals
Tom Compton - drums
Jeff Ganz - bass, vocals

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  1. 53 Responses to “JOHNNY WINTER - BOSTON 1991 (R.I.P. 1944-2014)”


    What does he mean now? For most,
    Just a memory of a very white boy
    From Texas in a cowboy hat playing
    His very amped-up variation on a
    Very black musical tradition. Blues
    Is the rock bottom, the foundation
    For most music they’re still playing.
    Even these sonic cowpiles on the
    Radio today have roots, reflect a
    Lineage you’d never guess from
    The way they’ve blossomed. All
    Of it grows from a history, a story
    Of music crossing class and racial
    Lines, how a chosen few white
    Boys lit a passion for playing how
    It feels to be an outsider, made
    Call-and-response exclamations
    From the colorless soul, tapped
    Into our relentlessly suppressed
    Groove so deep that even the
    Staunchly uptight jumped for joy,
    Shouted, shook with the spirit of
    Music set free. That’s the drama,
    The cultural-spiritual-musical
    Scenario Johnny was born into,
    Though he probably never paid it
    Much thought. Mostly, like those
    He admired and those who’ve
    Learned from him, he simply
    Plugged in, tuned up and let his
    Life come out in the notes.
    Johnny, omnipresent ten gallon
    Hat notwithstanding, I’m glad
    You never took after most Texas
    Kids in the ‘50s and decided
    You’d rather be a cowboy. The
    Rodeo’s loss was our gain.

    By Napoleon Bonypart on Jul 18, 2014

  3. I was at this show, OMFG!!!!
    December 13, 1991 Friday 11pm
    Paradise Theatre,
    Boston, Ma. USA

    WBCN-FM Stereo Simulcast
    Tascam DA-20 > Tascam CD-RW900
    FM > DAT Master > CDR > EAC secure > Audacity (edits) > CD Wave (tracks) > FLAC
    Total Time - 80:26
    Recorded and transferred by Steve Hopkins

    Disc One 70:15
    01. DJ Intro > interview 3:19
    02. Sen-Sa-Shun 7:39
    03. You’re Humbuggin’ Me 6:56
    04. Third Degree 13:46
    05. Got To Find My Baby 5:55
    06. You Can’t Judge A Book By Its Cover 9:08
    07. Mojo Boogie 6:03
    08. Shake Your Money Maker 4:18
    09. Let The Good Times Roll 5:26
    10. Ain’t That Just Like A Woman 3:23 >
    11. Rumble 4:19

    Disc Two 10:11
    01. Don’t Take Advantage Of Me 5:26 >
    02. Okie Dokie Stomp 2:46
    03. DJ Outro 1:58

    Tom Compton - drums
    Jeff Ganz - bass, vocals
    Johnny Winter - guitar, vocals

    Note: will fit on one disc by omitting or trimming first or last DJ tracks…


    By Steve Yeaton on Jul 18, 2014

  4. a couple of months ago winter did an instore appearance a few blocks away at a tiny record shop for an hour shaking hands and signing autographs for anyone who wanted them. hardly anyone showed up. immediately afterwards he went to the theater just a few blocks south of my apt and did a show. i think the tickets were $25 or 28. it wasnt even close to selling out. very small theater. i would have gone had i had someone to go with but i dont like going to events alone anymore.
    i saw johnny quite a number of times including a nice acoustic session at the lone star cafe in nyc with john hammond jr and johnny clyde copeland.. separately. ive seen him at the sf blues festival in the late 80s and early 90s. ive seen him quite a few times from 69 thru 95. first time i was 9 yrs old. the last time was when i was 34 or 35. i saw him open for bb king with john campbell opening for him at the pier in nyc. tiny clubs to huge arenas. never saw him do a bad set no matter how ill he was. ive seen him going thru terrible addiction problems and unable to stand. ive seen him in churches hospitals and once in a prison. i saw him in restaurants coffee houses bars playgrounds and gymnasiums. all in all i think i have seen him 40 times. i will miss him terribly. its kinda hard to believe he lived as long as he did.

    By darth on Jul 18, 2014

  5. Thanks, bigO.

    Only saw Johnny once; Paris, 1970.

    By NAMoosedog on Jul 18, 2014

  6. Rest in Peace Johnny! Saw him twice – in the early eighties and in 1994 when he was in very bad condition. What remains are some excellent records (Johnny Winter, Second Winter, Johnny Winter And/Live, Still Alive & Well, Nothing But The Blues, Guitar Slinger). His collaboration records with Muddy Waters (Hard Again, I’m Ready) infused his career (and Muddy’s as well) with new energy and showed his life long dedication to the Blues.

    By Tony Lauber on Jul 18, 2014

  7. Don’t care what type of personal problems he had, he was one great guitar player.

    Rock and Roll!

    By nobsartist on Jul 18, 2014

  8. the only one with personal problems is darth.he thinks he has the right to gossip about the musicians yet he won`t fess up to his own criminal past.

    By remington doodad on Jul 18, 2014

  9. “ive seen him in churches hospitals and once in a prison.”

    your cellmate, darth?

    By barth on Jul 18, 2014

  10. Thank you so much Johnny.
    You played the soundtrack of my life.
    See you elswhere.
    You where a hell of a player.

    By angelpop on Jul 18, 2014

  11. p.s. thanx a million for posting this wonderful piece of music.

    By angelpop on Jul 18, 2014

  12. @ Steve Yeaton,
    can you post a download link for the flac file?
    Can´t find one. Thank you.

    By Kint on Jul 19, 2014

  13. Fav JW memory - I was at Fab T-Birds show mid-1980s at the old Lone Star Café NYC in the balcony which was directly over the small stage. Around 1 a.m. we saw a platinum blond head go by below; and knew we were in for a treat. Johnny jammed with Kim and Jimmy for a good hour on blues and oldies. WHERES THE TAPE?

    By rich on Jul 19, 2014

  14. @Napolean Bonypart:
    Blessings. Thank you for the poem. Our gain indeed.

    By kingpossum on Jul 19, 2014

  15. Saw Johnny Winter a lot around NYC. He played with guitar player roy Buchanan at the Beacon, also another show with Buddy Guy and Junior Wells and the Hurricaine show (the show was on the day of a Hurricaine in 1993)7 songs in an hour and 10 minutes, smoking guitar but my favorite show with him was at Pier 84 on the Hudson River. He brought out Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters and other blues guys and did a set of traditional blues that was just phenomenal. RIP Johnny Winter, thanks for the music!

    By TUNAFAN on Jul 19, 2014

  16. good one tunafan at least your stories are real unlike darthy

    By remington doodad on Jul 19, 2014

  17. well johnny winter did play the pier in 81 and in 87. muddy died in april 83. so he could have only played the pier in 81 or 82. i was there at the 81 show and i have the recording and while willie dixon and several others are on there muddy isnt. muddy never played the pier. muddy and johnny did do a few performances in the nyc area in the 70s including the palladium with foghat which was unbelievable. bob margolin pinetop perkins james cotton etc. it was over 3 hours long. and i have seen muddy with johnny on at least 3 other occasions.
    the recording of johnny at the pier in 81 is as follows -

    1981-08-19 Pier ‘84, New York, New York. 1CDR AUD-VG
    Lineage: CDR TRADE > EAC (WAV) > TLH (FLAC-8) > YOU
    AUD= VG

    INFO FROM: August 19, 1981
    location: Pier ‘84, New York, New York
    source: very good audience recording
    length: 76 + 10 minutes
    comment: an event! A hot performance with a special surprise for a wonderful audience that deserves it

    Set List:
    disc 1:
    1. intro
    2. hideaway
    3. messing with the kid
    4. medley: Mississipi blues / sweet sixteen / baby what you want me to do
    medley: 5. the crawl // 6. johnny b. goode [superb medley! the audience goes crazy]
    7. rock’n'roll hoochie koo
    8. okie dokie stomp [presenting of Jon Paris & Bobby Torello ]
    9. introduction to Sonny Terry, Willie Dixon and Styve Homnick on drums [they will play next five songs]
    10. I think I got the blues
    11. sonny’s whoopin’ the doop
    12. ya, ya
    13. whoee, whoee
    14. roll me baby

    disc 2:
    2. outro [John Paris & Bobby T. return to play]
    3. jumpin’ jack flash [cut out in about 2 minutes]

    hope this helps.

    btw.. i dont make up stories i tell. theyre all real. stop being stupid.

    By darth on Jul 21, 2014

  18. Tunafan - I’d love to hear more about that show with Roy Buchanan. The possibilities are pretty intriguing.

    By drkrick on Jul 21, 2014

  19. “btw.. i dont make up stories i tell. theyre all real. stop being stupid”

    sort of like calling the kettle black…look in the mirror…practice what you preach…

    who really comes off being stupid glenny…?

    god you are a stupid idiotic con man liar narcisstic troll…!!!

    By Jerry's Finger on Jul 22, 2014

  20. no its not like calling the kettle black. i dont have to look in any mirror. and practicing what i preach doesnt apply here.
    the only one coming off stupid here is u.
    u calling me stupid or idiotic or a con man or a liar or narcisstic doesnt make any of those things true.
    i am obviously not stupid or an idiot.
    i have conned no one. i have lied about nothing. and if im narcisstic.. thats my business and u should suffer quietly. u cant know if i am or not. u dont know me and u and i have never talked. u cant form that judgement purely based on what u read here.
    i certainly am not the troll here. in fact.. judging by what u are doing.. u are the troll. do u even know what a troll is in this medium? i dont suppose u do.
    check the bba page for a response that u might but probably wont understand.

    By darth on Jul 22, 2014

  21. i dont read your long winded blowfest comments glen….

    but im onto you punk…!

    damn bootlegger con man liar ripping off artists & fans years ago…now just an Internet troll asshole…!!!

    once scum…always scum….!!!

    By Jerry's Finger on Jul 22, 2014

  22. if u dont read my responses it proves u are afraid that youre wrong. there is no other possible excuse.

    By darth on Jul 22, 2014

  23. trading and even giving away for free is lumped together as unauthorized distribution. no one cares if u are receiving money for the items. it doesnt matter even if the items arent afixed to an actual medium. this argument was used and should have won in various cases including one law suit involving a frank sinatra case in fla. just like there should be differentiations made between bootlegging and counterfeiting/pirating and there isnt. just like theres no separation made between out of print recordings being copied and in print recordings. theres no difference between blanks and postage being offered and accepted and someone paying $20 for a copy of an item that isnt even officially available or something that is. something is totally legal in luxembourg but not right next door in italy. or here in america. its ok to copy something from 1963 but not 1964.
    u can call me all the names in the book u wish. just because u say im a liar or con man or manipulator doesnt make it so. yes i am denying what u claim. that doesnt mean my denials are false. if u are accused of things that arent true.. wouldnt u deny it? if u deny those accusations does that mean youre guilty of them? your logic doesnt make any sense. of course someone who isnt guilty is going to deny the accusations. its not just people who are guilty that deny things theyre accused of. sometimes innocent ppl do it too. if u have ever copied anything u have in your collection for anyone u are just as guilty of breaking the law. there is no rule that says what u do is acceptable. u may think its ok and a lot of other people who u trade with and share with also may think its ok.. but if u are going according to the law one minute u cant change that mind set the next minute and say well now i wont go along with it. either u abide by it or u dont. the law says u arent allowed to duplicate and distribute unauthorized recordings. period. not even one single copy. not for anyone ever. so if u have ever done this.. u have broken the law. u are no better than i am. the law doesnt distinguish between someone that sold and someone who traded. u may think they do. sorry for u.. they dont. they dont tend to prosecute people who trade but they can. people have been prosecuted for having 24 songs on their computers. they didnt sell copies. no money exchanged hands. do u keep up with the news?
    stop pointing fingers at me and realize that your info is not accurate. and what ppl say on newsgroups isnt factual. u can link to it 1000x but that wont make what it says more true. and it wont make u any less guilty of any infractions that u seem to think i am guilty of.

    By darth on Jul 22, 2014

  24. something is totally legal in luxembourg but not right next door in italy.

    luxembourg right next door to italy? well kinda, apart from france, switzerland and austria (and 1000 of our european kilometres)being in the way . . .

    By phil on Jul 23, 2014

  25. i didnt mean literally next door. i meant very close. ppl travel country to country in europe the way ppl in the states go from state to state. but boots were legal (and in some cases still are) in luxembourg where they have been produced since the 80s without anyone paying any attn. thats what i was trying to say. this was happening in italy for a while. laws suddenly changed in italy in the late 80s early 90s and it slowed down there but continued in lux and other areas. course the internet has changed a lot of things.

    By darth on Jul 23, 2014

  26. In Internet slang, a troll is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog) with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.

    By swappers on Jul 24, 2014

  27. this is listed on youtube as Johnny`s last interview.
    He does set the record straight about the bootleg recording of hendrix morrison and winter in the interview.
    its painful to watch and hear johnny who seems to be very short of breath.

    By sluggo on Aug 11, 2014

  28. Johnny Winter`s last interview is the claim,funny thing is I`ve seen two different videos now that make that claim.

    By sluggo on Dec 19, 2014

  29. the albino bluesman and the left handed gypsy
    johnny winter and jimi hendrix.
    datrh there`s no mistaking that slide sound of your mind and ears and hear.

    By yoga willy on Feb 18, 2015

  30. Darth is this johnny or rick derringer?

    By yoga willy on Mar 12, 2015

  31. Darth,I don`t want to complicate things but is this rick or johnny? you got the answers!

    By yoga willy on Mar 12, 2015

  32. Darth read number 6.

    By sluggo on Apr 9, 2015

  33. i assume u want me to see something about them playing together live at the scene. however this particular blurb u offer doesnt prove your case. ill show u why in a second. now i do accept the fact that johnny and jimi did jam together on stage live after hours perhaps once. i dont believe this happened more than once and frankly i dont think it even happened the one time. yes i saw the photo offered but im not sure its a genuine photo. but.. ill cave and say it is possible that they did play one time together live on stage after hours. . having said this.. i know 100% absolutely for a positive fact that the jim morrison johnny winter thing isnt johnny. that aside.. lets examine the paragraph u linked to. again i do accept that they did jam together one time and only one time live on stage after hours at the scene. ok? theres no reason to ever bring this up again after this.. ok??

    ——here is your paragraph pasted below… with my comments in caps where needed.

    When Winter first arrived in New York City, he became a fixture at a club frequented by the rock elite called the Scene. One of those who would come around the club was Jimi Hendrix, who occasionally invited Winter to come down to the studio to jam a bit.
    “He’d tape everything and listen to it the next day,” he remembered in his biography. “I usually gave him the reins pretty much—I mostly played rhythm. But on the song we recorded, ‘The Things that I Used to Do,’ we traded off — I played slide guitar and he played regular guitar. It came out real well. I believe that was the only song that was recorded. I played with him about 10 times maybe and thought he was the best guitar player around.”

    By darth on Apr 9, 2015


    these two photos say otherwise. scroll down the page slightly. read the captions under the fifth and sixth photos. the sixth photo is dark but u can see that jimi and johnny are wearing different clothing.

    its rather obvious that these two photos of jimi hendrix and johnny winter playing together onstage were taken on different nights.

    By barth on Apr 9, 2015

  35. but wait theres more!

    here is a johnny winter fan site that reprinted an article from the british magazine new musical express issue of 6 Feb 1971.

    it very clearly says:

    “In the text JW is quoted saying: “We played together at the Scene Club in New York…the Experience in L.A., and we even did a benefit for Tim Leary at the Village Gate in New York.”

    “We” being… Johnny Winter and Jimi Hendrix.

    By barth on Apr 9, 2015

  36. All it takes is a good pair of ears to know that is Johnny Winter playing with Jimi on The Things I used to do..No one is claiming that is johnny on the ridiculous hendrix morrison jam.
    Many guitarists try and ape each other but I have never heard anyone yet that sounds like Jimi or Johnny. Period.

    By sluggo on Apr 9, 2015

  37. I don’t have a dog in the fight but i am getting curious about did they or didnt they (johnny & jimi) play together. Taking the Timothy Leary benefit concert at the Village Gate as a starting off point i see below they DID play at this benefit, but nothing in that night’s summary of events does it say they ever got up on stage TOGETHER.

    By Dave on Apr 9, 2015

  38. yes Dave your book piece does not specifically say they were on stage together that night.

    i will choose to take johnnys word for it when he said “WE played together….”

    …and i will also accept the authenticity of the two captioned photos i linked to just above. there is sufficient written evidence to prove that theyre real.

    just because the protagonist of prattle didnt see it in person does not mean that it did not happen.

    By barth on Apr 9, 2015

  39. use your ears man..listen to the things I used to do..
    I trust my ears …

    By sluggo on Apr 9, 2015

  40. guys… DROP IT!!! Pissing contests just stink up everybody. Besides the fact that nobody gives a rats ass anyways!

    By Happy Camper on Apr 9, 2015

  41. Well here’s a rat’s ass . . . .
    “Darth is this johnny or rick derringer?”
    I give the last word to this clip of awesome playing from Johnny . . . . Thanks to yoga willy who can safely outpiss [it’s a word!] us all with this glorious piece of mewsic which is curiously why I come here

    By swappers on Apr 9, 2015

  42. pulled out the ouija board tonite and called up johnny winter and jimi hendrix,asked them if they ever jammed,recorded,rehearsed,gigged,together and they both said yes. jimi also said darth never saw him play anywhere . always trust the ouija man.

    By psychic earl on Apr 23, 2015

  43. lol…right earl…

    there was song jimi & Johnny were jamming on at the time they were calling it “ouija board blues”…

    make sure you get a copy & hear it glen…!!!

    By Jerry's Finger on Apr 23, 2015

  44. johnny winter on tuba and jimi hendrix playing the doorstop[most everyones first instrument] see darth you are wrong again….the ouija nose.

    By psychic earl on Apr 23, 2015

  45. johnny winter ????
    yup,darth will say this doesn`t exist.

    By psychic earl on Apr 23, 2015

  46. darth meet johnny and jimi.

    By mr rockandroll on Apr 29, 2015

  47. now youre gonna put johnny and jimi together on a 45 from 1965??? are u out of your fucking mind??

    By darth on Apr 29, 2015

  48. no one said jimi is on that 45 except you darth.
    no more darth.

    By psychic earl on Apr 29, 2015

  49. Saw Johnny play with Roy Buchanan about two weeks before Roy died or was killed. They did not play together but Johnny sat onstage on an amplifier about 10 feet to the left and behind of Roy . There was a woman with very long hair sitting on the amp with him. Roy was all dressed in black and had fans tied on either side of him to keep cool. It was the end of July or early August in 1988. I was about 10 feet from the stage and it blew me away.

    By Bluesman on Jun 20, 2015

  50. psy - u cant say no one said jimi is on that 45 except me. i didnt say they were. but if u look carefully at the posting just 2 postings above yours.. u will see that it says that i should meet johnny and jimi and then shares a link. as if to suggest that they are both on that linked 45 recording. what else can anyone surmise from that line? the implication is that they are both on there. obviously theyre not. and if u wonder why i didnt reply to your comment til now.. i didnt see it. the only reason i did today is because bluesman’s comment brought it up.
    dont try to deny that the implication is there. its obvious. u can deny it all u want. but any reasonable semblance of reading ability will have u understanding what was intended there. surely even u can see this. no? perhaps youre not as psychic as u think u are. maybe more psycho than psychic.
    no more earl.

    By darth on Jun 20, 2015

  51. Darth, after all this time, you think people can read? Come on man, you know better than that.

    By Happy Camper on Jun 20, 2015

  52. well when i try to explain things some of them here twist what i say and act like i didnt say what i said or if i dont cover every possible base theyll find the one loop hole and say i meant that. like i had to consider every possible exception or ridiculous outcome of all situations on every single thing i say. and if i dont.. aha!!! like they caught me or something. i dont get it. and if i missed something its some sort of game with these freaks. i dont really understand what their purpose is or why they do it. theyll look for the one exception to a rule and say that it is the rule. kinda like u cant say i before e except after c. since there are a bunch of exceptions. there will always be someone or a few ppl out there who has to come up with a list of those exceptions and try to prove me wrong. why?? then theyll say so u dont know everything. but i didnt claim i did in the first place. do they?

    By darth on Jun 20, 2015

  53. “well when i try to explain things…”

    no one has ever asked you to explain things & comment initially anyways…you take that upon yourself to make a silly ass comment lie to start the hate on you…

    that’s your fault asswipe troll..!

    By Jerry's Finger on Jun 20, 2015

  54. darth has found a new site to disrupt. Please go to Brooklyn Steve’s site or his cbox. darth has totally ruined the cbox there. Please help.

    By concerned citizen on Jun 20, 2015

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