Edgar Winter
Winter performing with Ringo Starr in 2011
Winter performing with Ringo Starr in 2011
Background information
Birth nameEdgar Holland Winter
Born (1946-12-28) December 28, 1946 (age 75)
Beaumont, Texas, U.S.
GenresRock, pop, jazz fusion, blues rock, blue-eyed soul, boogie rock
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, record producer
InstrumentsVocals, keyboards, saxophone, percussion, guitar
Years active1969–present
LabelsEpic, Airline
Associated actsJohnny Winter, Rick Derringer, The Edgar Winter Group, Sawbuck, Edgar Winter's White Trash, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, David Lee Roth, Todd Rundgren, Ronnie Montrose
Websiteedgarwinter.com/home.php

Edgar Holland Winter[1] (born December 28, 1946)[2] is an American musician, songwriter, and record producer.[3] He is known for being a multi-instrumentalist,[4] playing the keyboard, guitar, saxophone, and percussion, as well as singing.[5] His success peaked in the 1970s with his band The Edgar Winter Group and their popular songs "Frankenstein" and "Free Ride".[3]

Early life

Winter was born to John Winter II and Edwina Winter on December 28, 1946, in Beaumont, Texas, United States.[6] Both he and his older brother Johnny were born with albinism.[7] By the time he left the family home, Winter had already mastered numerous instruments and reading and writing music.[8]

Career

The Edgar Winter Group, Oct.1, 1975- L to R: Chuck Ruff, Rick Derringer, Dan Hartman, Edgar Winter.
The Edgar Winter Group, Oct.1, 1975- L to R: Chuck Ruff, Rick Derringer, Dan Hartman, Edgar Winter.

Winter composed and performed songs of numerous genres, including rock, jazz, blues, and pop.[8] His critically acclaimed[8] 1970 debut release, Entrance,[6] was first to demonstrate his unique style of non-sequitir, genre-blending musicianship. His early recording of "Tobacco Road" propelled him into the national spotlight.[citation needed] Edgar followed Entrance with two hit albums backed by his group White Trash, a group originally composed of musicians from Texas and Louisiana. White Trash, with Winter and Jerry Lacroix both on lead vocals and sax,[9] enjoyed huge success, with the 1971 release of the studio album Edgar Winter's White Trash,[10] which reached #111 on the charts,[11] and with 1972's follow-up live gold album (partially recorded at New York's Apollo Theater) Roadwork.[6]

In late 1972, Winter brought together Dan Hartman, Ronnie Montrose and Chuck Ruff to form The Edgar Winter Group,[6] who created such hits as the number one "Frankenstein"[12] and "Free Ride" (with lead vocals by its writer Hartman).[13] Released in November 1972, They Only Come Out at Night,[6] peaked at the number 3 position on the Billboard Hot 200[11] and stayed on the charts for 80 weeks. It was certified gold in April 1973 by the RIAA,[14] and double platinum in November 1986.[15]

Winter invented the keyboard body strap[1] early in his career, an innovation that allows him the freedom to move around on stage during his multi-instrument high-energy performances.[8]

After They Only Come Out at Night, Winter released Shock Treatment, featuring guitarist Rick Derringer in place of Ronnie Montrose.[16] That album contained Winter's third and final Top 40 single "River's Risin'",[11] again sung by Hartman.[17] Later albums included Jasmine Nightdreams, The Edgar Winter Group with Rick Derringer, Together: Edgar Winter and Johnny Winter Live, Recycled, a reunion with White Trash, Standing on Rock, Mission Earth, Live in Japan, Not a Kid Anymore, The Real Deal, Winter Blues and Rebel Road.[18]

Winter also kept busy doing session work, playing saxophone on 'Meat Loaf's "All Reved Up and Nowhere to Go",[19] Dan Hartman's solo hit "Instant Replay",[20] Tina Turner's "Simply the Best"[21] and David Lee Roth's remake of "Just a Gigolo",[22] as well as appearing on material by Rick Derringer,[23] Johnny Winter,[24] Ronnie Montrose,[25] Todd Rundgren,[26] Michael McDonald[27] and many others.

Major national television and radio campaigns have used Winter's music to advertise their products.[28] Winter has also made frequent television appearances, both to promote his music and to give his opinions, on shows such as Politically Incorrect.[29] Winter also starred with George Hamilton in a commercial for Miller Lite beer.[30] He appeared in the film Netherworld[31] and the TV shows The Cape,[8] Mysterious Ways,[32] Late Show with David Letterman,[33] and Jimmy Kimmel Live!.[34]

Edgar Winter with Ringo Starr in 2011
Edgar Winter with Ringo Starr in 2011

Winter's music has been used in many film and television projects, including Netherworld, Air America, Dazed and Confused, My Cousin Vinny, Encino Man, Son in Law, What's Love Got to Do with It, Wayne's World 2, Starkid, Wag the Dog, Knockabout Guys, Duets, Radio, The Simpsons, Queer as Folk, and Tupac: Resurrection.[31] Tupac: Resurrection, a biography of rapper Tupac Shakur, produced and co-written by Eminem,[35] sampled Winter's song "Dying to Live" as "Runnin' (Dying to Live),"[36] incorporting vocals by the Notorious B.I.G., Tupac, and Winter himself. "Runnin'" peaked at number 5 on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop Singles Sales chart and the soundtrack was #1 for 8 consecutive weeks.[37] Blues performer Jonny Lang also covered "Dying to Live"[38] around this time. Winter performed the song solo at the piano on Jimmy Kimmel Live![citation needed]

Winter's 2003 CD and DVD titled Live at the Galaxy was recorded live at the Galaxy Theatre for Classic Pictures.[39] It features the songs, "Keep Playing That Rock and Roll", "Turn on Your Love Light", "Free Ride", "Texas", "Show Your Love", "New Orleans", "Frankenstein" and "Tobacco Road".[40] In addition, the DVD includes a 30-minute documentary, Edgar Winter: The Man and His Music.[16]

Winter also played with Ringo Starr in the ninth (2006), tenth (2008), and eleventh (2010-2011) iterations of his All-Starr Band.[41] The band's 2010–11 tour featured the reunion of Winter and Rick Derringer.[42] From August to early-September 2017, The Edgar Winter Band toured as the opening act for both Deep Purple and Alice Cooper as they performed several North American tour dates as part of The Long Goodbye Tour.[43]

In 2017, Cherry Red released a four-CD remastered compilation of all of the Edgar Winter solo albums from 1970 until 1980, entitled Tell Me in a Whisper: The Solo Albums 1970 - 1980.[44] In 2018, Cherry Red also released a remastered six-CD compilation of the Edgar Winter: White Trash Band and the Edgar Winter Band albums entitled I've Got News for You: Featuring the Edgar Winter Group & Edgar Winter's White Trash 1971 - 1977.[45]

Mission Earth

Winter also produced, arranged, and performed on the 1986 album Mission Earth.[46] This album's lyrics and music were written by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.[47] Hubbard is said to have left detailed instructions and audio tapes for the musicians and producers to follow when making the album.[48] Winter described Mission Earth as "both a return to rock's primal roots and yet highly experimental." Winter wrote, "Ron's technical insight of the recording process was outstanding."[49] Winter also described Hubbard's delineation of counter-rhythm in rock as something "which was nothing short of phenomenal, particularly in as much as it had then been entirely unexplored and only later heard in the African-based rhythms of Paul Simon's work, some five years after Ron's analysis."[32]

Personal life

Winter and his wife, Monique,[50] live in Beverly Hills, California.[8] The couple have no children.[2] Winter stated in an interview: "I can see how that would be a wonderful rewarding thing, but I think there are enough people in the world" and that "it might have been more problematical if I had children with a career and all of it. I tour all the time. If I were to have children, I would want to be home all the time."[51]

Discography

Solo albums

Year Name US Top 200
[52]
1970 Entrance 196
1975 Jasmine Nightdreams 69
1979 The Edgar Winter Album
1981 Standing on Rock
1986 Mission Earth
1994 Not a Kid Anymore
1996 The Real Deal
1999 Winter Blues
2003 Live at the Galaxy
2004 Jazzin' the Blues
2008 Rebel Road
2022 Brother Johnny
"–" denotes releases that did not chart.

Edgar Winter's White Trash albums

Year Name Peak chart positions Notes
US Top 200
[52]
Can Top 100
1971 Edgar Winter's White Trash 111 82
1972 Roadwork 23
1977 Recycled
"–" denotes releases that did not chart.

Edgar Winter Group albums

Year Name Peak chart positions Notes
US Top 200
[52]
AUS
[54]
Can Top 100
1972 They Only Come Out at Night 3 28 4
  • US: 2× Platinum[53]
1974 Shock Treatment 13 9
  • US: Gold[53] #69 Can Year End
1975 The Edgar Winter Group with Rick Derringer 124
2018 I've Got News for You, 1971–1977 6 cd compilation set
"–" denotes releases that did not chart.

Edgar Winter Compilation albums

Year Name Peak chart positions Notes
US Top 200
[52]
AUS
[54]
Can Top 100
1996 People Music
2002 The Best of Edgar Winter
2014 The Essential Edgar Winter

Albums with other artists

Year Name US Top 200
[52]
1976 Together with Johnny Winter 89
1990 Edgar Winter & Rick Derringer Live in Japan
2007 Edgar, Johnny Winter & Rick Derringer (live)
2010 An Odd Couple - with Steve Lukather (live)
"–" denotes releases that did not chart.

Singles

Year Single Peak chart positions Certification Album
US
[52]
AUS
[54]
CAN
GER
MEX
UK
[55]
1970 "Tobacco Road" Entrance
1971 "Where Would I Be" 128 Edgar Winter's White Trash
"Give It Everything You Got"
"Keep Playin' That Rock 'n' Roll" 70 51
1972 "I Can't Turn You Loose" 81 Roadwork
"Round & Round" 108* They Only Come Out at Night
1973 "Frankenstein" 1 19 1 39 10 18
"Free Ride" 14 84 8
"Hangin' Around" 65 39
"We All Had a Real Good Time "
1974 "River's Risin'" 33 61 Shock Treatment
"Easy Street" 83 79
"Someone Take My Heart Away"
1975 "One Day Tomorrow" Jasmine Nightdreams
"Little Brother"
"I Always Wanted You" 129*
"People Music" The Edgar Winter Group with Rick Derringer
1976 "Diamond Eyes"
"Let The Good Times Roll" Together
1977 "Stickin' It Out" Recycled
1979 "Above & Beyond" The Edgar Winter Album
"It's Your Life to Live"
1981 "Love Is Everywhere" Standing on Rock
"–" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

"Above & Beyond" reached 94 on the US Dance chart in 1979.
US Charts are Billboard unless otherwise noted. * Record World Singles Chart.[56]

Producer

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