|Music Genre:||Blues-Rock, Hard Rock-n-Roll|
|Record Label:||CBS/Sony SOPM 91|
|Record Format||12″ Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record|
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram
|Year & Country:||1974 JAPAN|
On July 3,4,5, 1970 the Second International Atlanta Pop Festival was held in a bean field at Byron GA. Bryon GA is a small community just off the Interstate in the Macon area. It was hot, getting up to 105 in the shade during the day. I had seen Johnny at West Palm and told everyone about his brother Edgar and the jam session with Vanilla Fudge, Janis Joplin, and the Winters. We were pumped, cause we figured Johnny would be ready to jam and I had everyone hyped to see Edgar. And we figured the possibilities were endless in that the band list included the headliner, Jimi Hendrix and also some other fine axe men, like Robin Trower, BB King, Alvin Lee, Leslie West, Duane Allman, Dickie Betts, Terry Reid, and some others on instruments like Dave LaFlamme on violin and Lee Michaels on organ.
So, I was VERY disappointed to read in the paper just before the show that Johnny had a new band. And it was the McCoys. I mean, what was he going to play, Hang on Sloopy!!!!!! The write ups of the new album didn’t really give us a clue. But, I was bummed. Big time.
Well, when we get to Byron, we eventually learn that Johnny and Jimi play on different nights (Jimi played at midnight, July 4th with fireworks) so that possiblity was out. But, the Allman Brothers and Alvin Lee with Ten Years After were set for the same night, Sunday, as Johnny.
Well, needless to say, we need not have worried about Johnny. When the band hit the stage, they just flat kicked ass. The only SONG I really remember was Rock N Roll Hoochie Coo. But Johnny and Rick just played their hearts out and were great. I was only about 50 feet from the stage and was actually right under the mic that Johnny used when they came out. The stage was well over our heads, so I went back to out spot to have a better view and to hear the mix coming out of the speakers.
As a side note, there was a strange group of people near us at the show. They had a leader who they thought was a wizard and he was dispensing Electric Kool Aid. At one time they were passing around a joint that was as big as a cigar and was rolled in the Sunday funnny papers. About 20 years later, I was waiting to take a picture of Johnny when he came off his bus before a show (And I don’t know where the pictures are, really.) when this hippie with hair down to his ass says to me, “Man, I been seeing Johnny for 20 years.” I say, “Me too.” We talk for a while and figure out that we were both in Atlanta. Then we figure that we were both on the left hand side of the stage, about 50 feet out. And he says, “Well man, you might remember me, I was the dude that rolled the joint out of the Sunday funnies man. I put three lids of Columbian in that thing dude.” I asked him about the wizard, but he just wanted to talk about his joint.
Anyways, as the night goes on, the Allman Brothers are playing and they are hot. They had the harp player who is on the Fillmore East album with them and are wailing. Then, they mention a guest is coming out. Just as they break into Mountain Jam, out pops Johnny and is he wired or what. I can not really describe to you how he picked that show up. (This jam of Johnny Winter and the Allman Brothers is available on the recording: The Allman Brothers Band – Atlanta International Pop Festival) In my humble opinion, he flat blew Dickie and Duane away. I mean, he can play the slide or without and is dueling with them both. Now, I guess I exaggerate a bit when I say he blew them away, cause this was in their prime and as you might imagine, Duane and Dickie didn’t back down at all. But it just seemed like the whole place, including about 500,000 of us, just kept getting higher and higher and Johnny was the energy driving it all.
The jam-session “Mountain Jam” of the Allman Brothers with Johnny Winter , has been released on an unofficial record.
Paradiso is the best concert hall (old church really) we have in Holland, groups love to play there, there is no hassle about pictures or even recording. And yes I’ve got some low-fi memories of that concert. Johnny started this concert 198? (packed house) with the remark that he lost his voice and that people could get their money back, or stay (everybody stayed of course). As he pictures show he did sing and we had a great show.
This section lists all the singles Johnny Winter released on the Diamond Records (Port Arthur) label.
Johnny’s participation on each of these tracks is dubious and I’m looking forward to receive confirmation (or denial)
Diamond A-101 – You Know I Love You / Rock & Roll Baby
- Most likely the first single ever produced by Diamond Records. Bobby Wheeler and his B. Bops. Released in January 1960 with Johnny Winter on Guitar and Edgar Winter on Sax. “You Know I Love You” is a “Doo-Wop” ballad and “Rock and Roll Baby” is a rocker, Johnny and Edgar perform on both songs. Very rare record Jan 1960
Diamond # 102 – Thinking of You / Should I Stay or G
- Bobby Wheeler with Johnny Winter on Guitar, Jan 1960
Diamond 201 – Don’t Cry on my Shoulder / Earnie’s SPecial
- Diamond Jim with the Coastaleers Combo is also extremely rare. Johnny plays on Don’t Cry On My Shoulder and sings harmony with Bobby Mizzell, Diamond Jim Wheeler, and Bobby Wheeler. The flip is an instrumental, with Johnny on rhythm guitar, although almost un-noticable in the recording, Mar 1960
Diamond / JIM 202 – The Jokes on You / Stay Out of my Dreams
- Diamond Jim 45rpm7″ Single with the Coastaleers Combo featuring Steve Young. Most likely with both Edgar and Johnny Winter
Diamond 203 / DR-005 , 203 / DR-006, 203 / DR-007 – Long Lonely Nights / Coffee Pot / Carl Caper
- Johnny WInter’s Band: Coastaleers . Very rare single as both sides never appeared on any of his CDs. It is the most Doo-Wop release Johnny ever did! Side 2 seems to be a tribute to Carl Perkins, and features Johnny playing in a very unique style very definitely Johnny. It is an instrumental.
- Long Lonely Nigths with Coffee Pot as B-side is the 1st release.
Diamond 204 / DR-007 – Broke and Lonely
- Johnny WInter’s Band: Guitar Slim
Diamond 204 / DR-008 Crying in my Heart
- Johnny WInter’s Band: Guitar Slim
Diamond 205 / DR-009 – DR-010 Falling in Love / Don’t Cha Know
- Freddy Nolan with Johnny Winter on guitar. Freddy Nolan was an alias (or band name) for Edgar Winter
Diamond Jim 208 / 209 (DR 020, DR 021) – Flip & Flop / How Long
- Bobby (Wheeler) and the Coastaleers .
This 7″ Single has also been released with alternate B-side: “Tear Drops on your Letter (Hank Ballard)
Diamond DR-011 / DR-012 – No Chance for Advancement / Heartbreaker
- Bobby And Coastaleers
Diamond 207 / DR-013 / DR-014 Baby Please Don’t Go / Midnight Walk
- The Ray and The Royals (aka Ray Solis)is a rare Diamond Jim release that areI have two versions of. Johnny definitely plays on these, Edgar as well. It was common practice in Texas to release the same 45 under different names, titles, and labels to hopefully get noticed by a DJ.
Diamond 715 / SN-1483 / SN-1484 – Opelousa Soul Man / Party Timers Express
- This is NOT Johnny Winters the guitar players name is Homer Simon
Diamond H-103 / H-104 – I’ll Make the Grade / W H O (who)
- Diamond Jim and Brother Bob (Bobby Mizzell )
Pappy Dailey’s Dart (Houston) records at the Bill Hall’s Gulf Coast Recording Studios in Beaumont. Also available on the compilation album: Bear Family’s legendary, definitive, and justly acclaimed rockabilly series, ‘That’ll Flat Git It,’ volume 19. Pappy Dailey also owned the “D” label record.
DART 131 – School Day Blues / You Know I Love You
- Johnny Winter’s very first record released on Dart records. Re-released on the CD School Day Blues , Lyrics of School Day Blues , recorded in 1960.
D-5000 / D-5001 – Andy Charles and The Blues Kings, recorded 18 May 1959, with Johnny Winter on Guitar
Johnny Winter also played as a guitarist for many artists in the Texas and specifically the Beaumont area, these include: BURL BOYKIN whose first band: “The Rockin’ Rebels”, was with Ed Morgan and Johnny Winter. Burl’s hit single “Let Me Come Your Way” recorded on Clover Records in 1959 with Johnny Winter became a number one song in England.
“Thanks a million for the great honor. Thanks to Johnny Winter who played guitar on my first hit song ‘Let Me Come Your Way.’ I’m still on Rockabilly Cloud #110.”Burl Boykin
Clover 101 – Let Me Come Your Way by Burl Boykin and Robert Todd / “Life In A Dream”
BURL BOYKIN – Vocal,
JOHNNY WINTER – Lead Guitar,
JIMMY SIMMONS – Saxophone ,
MIKE GRIMES – Piano,
TOBY HANKS . Slap Bass,
DAVID WILSON, – Drums