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Leland in Washington County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Johnny Winter

 
 
Johnny Winter Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 17, 2015
1. Johnny Winter Marker
Inscription.
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Guitar icon Johnny Winterís emergence on the national music scene in 1969 created a sensation among rock and blues audiences. The first of his many hit albums for Columbia Records featured the song “Leland, Mississippi Blues,” which paid tribute to his roots here. Winterís grandfather and father, a former mayor of Leland, operated a cotton business, J. D. Winter & Son, at this site. Winter was born in Texas in 1944 but spent parts of his childhood in Leland.

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Guitar icon Johnny Winterís emergence on the national music scene in 1969 created a sensation among rock and blues audiences. The first of his many hit albums for Columbia Records featured the song “Leland, Mississippi Blues,” which paid tribute to his roots here. Winterís grandfather and father, a former mayor of Leland, operated a cotton business, J. D. Winter & Son, at this site. Winter was born in Texas in 1944 but spent parts of his childhood in Leland.

Johnny Winter and his younger brother Edgar were born into a prominent Leland family that was famed not only for its social, civic, and business leadership but also for its musical talent. Their father, Leland native John Dawson Winter, Jr. (1909-2001), played saxophone and guitar and sang at churches, weddings, Kiwanis and Rotary Club
Johnny Winter Marker (Rear) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 17, 2015
2. Johnny Winter Marker (Rear)
gatherings, and other events, including barbershop singing contests as a member of the Lamppost Quartet and front porch concerts with the Wintersí five-piece family band at the Winter home. His repertoire included pop songs such as “Ainít She Sweetí and “Bye Bye Blackbird,” along with comedy routines. Winter, Jr., who worked with his father, John D. Winter, Sr. (1879-1938), as a cotton classer, and later ran the familyís cotton brokerage firm, was elected mayor of Leland in 1936 and served until leaving for military service in 1941. John Dawson “Johnny” Winter III was born on February 23, 1944, while his father was away in the army. Although the family resided in Leland, his mother Edwina chose to go to her home town of Beaumont, Texas, for the birth of Johnny, as well as of Edgar on December 28, 1946. The Winters then permanently moved to Beaumont.

With encouragement from their parents, the Winter brothers, both albinos, began performing as youngsters and were already recording while still in their teens, playing rock Ďní roll, blues, and R&B. Despite his early childhood here in the heartland of Delta blues, Johnny only discovered the blues in Texas, listening to the radio in the kitchen with the Wintersí African American maid. Mississippi-born bluesmen Muddy Waters, Howliní Wolf, B. B. King, and Robert Johnson became his favorite blues
Photos from rear of marker. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 17, 2015
3. Photos from rear of marker.
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artists, along with Bobby Bland from Tennessee, and Winter developed a fiery electric synthesis of rock and blues that began to attract national attention in the late 1960s.

The self-titled 1969 album Johnny Winter, which featured guest appearances by Mississippi natives Willie Dixon and Big Walter Horton, established Winter as a premier figure in high-energy blues-rock circles. He went on to record several more albums for Columbia Records, all of which appeared on the national charts. Multi-instrumentalist Edgar Winter played on his brotherís Second Winter LP and began recording with his own groups, scoring 1970s pop hits with the singles “Frankenstein” and “Free Ride.” In later years Johnny Winter produced albums by his idol, Muddy Waters, and recorded in the company of the Muddy Waters band, James Cotton, John Lee Hooker, and other Mississippians. In 1988, after recording three albums for the blues label Alligator Records in Chicago, he became the first white musician elected to the Blues Hall of Fame.
 
Erected 2010 by the Mississippi Blues Commission. (Marker Number 109.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mississippi Blues Trail marker series.
 
Location. 33° 24.311′ N, 90° 53.862′ 
Marker at corner of Broad & 3rd Streets. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 17, 2015
4. Marker at corner of Broad & 3rd Streets.
W. Marker is in Leland, Mississippi, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of North Broad Street and East 3rd Street, on the right when traveling north on North Broad Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 302 North Broad Street, Leland MS 38756, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. James “Son” Thomas (within shouting distance of this marker); Corner of 10 and 61 (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tyrone Davis (about 600 feet away); Birthplace of Kermit the Frog (about 800 feet away); Ruby's Nite Spot (approx. ľ mile away); Pvt. Robert T. (Bobby) Henry (approx. 9 miles away); Greenville's Writers (approx. 9.5 miles away); NRP Building (approx. 9.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Leland.
 
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia article on Johnny Winter. (Submitted on October 31, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Johnny Winter Biography (own website). (Submitted on October 31, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. African AmericansArts, Letters, MusicEntertainment
 
Johnny Winter Marker (Rear) image. Click for more information.
By John Kadvany CC BY 3.0, 1969
5. Johnny Winter Marker (Rear)
View north on North Broad Street. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 17, 2015
6. View north on North Broad Street.
View south on Broad Street. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 17, 2015
7. View south on Broad Street.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 146 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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