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Blues legend Johnny Winter dies at 70
GENEVA (AP) -- Texas blues icon Johnny Winter, who was born in Beaumont, has died at the age of 70.
He rose to fame in the late 1960s and '70s, and was known for his energetic performances and musical collaborations including with childhood hero Muddy Waters.
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His representative, Carla Parisi, confirmed Thursday that Winter died in a hotel room in Zurich a day earlier. The statement said his wife, family and bandmates were all saddened by the loss of one of the world's finest guitarists.
He had been on an extensive tour this year that brought him to Europe. His last performance came Saturday at the Lovely Days Festival in Wiesen, Austria.
Winter was one of the most popular live acts of the early 1970s, when his signature fast blues guitar solos attracted a wide following.
His career received a big boost early on when Rolling Stone magazine singled him out as one of the best blues guitarists on the Texas scene. This helped secure a substantial recording contract from Columbia Records and gave him a wide following among college students and young blues fans.
The magazine later named him one of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.