The Johnny Winter Story

Johnny Winter timeline in 1975

Johnny WInter Timeline 1975

 In 1975 Johnny Winter returned to Bogalusa, Louisiana to produce Thunderhead's album, for ABC/Dunhill, which featured future band members Pat Rush and Bobby "T" Torello.



"John Dawson Winter III" makes US#78 This page covers Johnny Winter in 1975, use the links below to quickly jump to the year: 1970 , 1971 , 1972 , 1973 , 1974 , 1975 , 1976 , 1977 , 1978 , 1979 .




Rock Scene, Jan 1975

Photo of Johnny Winter watching at Edgar Winter performance with a pair of gpgöes

Photo of Johnny Winter watching at Edgar Winter performance with a pair of gpgöes


Buffalo Beacon Theatre, New York City

This show is available on a rare bootleg CD called: Johnny Winter plays Beacon Theater and was actually in 1976


Saturday, 25 January 1975 - Winterland, San Francisco

Opening Acts: Wishbone Ash and James Cotton

David Rensin:
Armed with a repertoire of hot licks and a legendary charismatic personality, a relaxed but careful Johnny Winter faced a record Winterland crowd and managed to satisfy both his older, more faithful fans and the newer followers attracted by the success of his younger brother Edgar.

Ever since his auspicious debut in the mid-Sixties, Winter has remained in name - if not in fact - a prince amongst mere pretenders. Yet like Eric Clapton, drugs toppled him from guitardom's Mount Olympus, and he has been forced to renegotiate the comeback trail. "His initial return tour was a major disaapointment", conceded Winter's manager Steve Paul. "Everything was sloppy and Johnny was trapped into playing everyone's favorite numbers instead of doing what he wanted to do". This time around however, Winter seemed able to follow his musical mind wherever it led, discarding once automatic renditions of older songs to dwell more on new material. Backed by Rand Jo Hobbs on bass, Floyd Radford on rhythm/lead guitar and Richard Hughes on drums, Winter opened the set with a spirited version of "Rock and roll People" penned for him by John Lennon. Wisely Winter immediately allowed Radford the freedom to play extended leads, which in turn forced the albino axeman to maintain a similar execellent level throughout song and set and provided and ecstatic crwod with more than enough guitar calisthenics to satiate their hunger.

Continuing with songs from "John Dawson Winter III" album, the band followed Rock Derringer's "Roll with me", with "Stranger" a slower orginal number that changed the performance's pace while permitting Winter and Radford to stretch out through the song's fluidity. After a blazing "Bony Moronie", the band launched into three extended blues/rock jams which dragged a bit even as they shpwcased Winter's slide work and the group members's individual talents. However they recovered with "Johnny B. Goode" a rouser that aspiered some agitated fans to urge Winter on by repeatedly echoing the refrain - "Go, go, go Johnny Go!"

Winter came back for two much demanded encores (lighted matches, thunderous applaus and the usual howling), one of which was the Stones' "Jumpin' Jack Flash". "Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo" was conspicuously absent, but there were few calls for the tune.

Backstage after the show, Winter complained that despite the crowd's favorable reactions, he wasn't totally satisfied with the evening's performance. "I'd say the show rated about seven on a scale of ten" he judged. "Yesterday when we opened the tour in Sacramento, it was a 12. Something was missing but you can bet I'll find out what and play my ass of tomorrow in Long Beach.

Maybe an opening night's adrenalin rush was the elusive quality, but if Winter thought the show was lacking I'd be interested in hearing what he considered better.

Sunday 26 January 1975 Long Beach Arena

Johnny Winter, James Cotton Blues Band

Thursday 30 January 1975 Civic Auditorium

Johnny Winter, James Cotton Blues Band


Circus: Raves, Feb 1975

Article: Will the real John Dawson Winter stand up!


4 February 1975 - Memorial Auditorium, Dallas, Texas



14 February 1975 - Mets Sport Center

Johnny WInter with James Cotton Blues Band

Saturday 15 February 1975 Convention Center Indianapolis



Friday 7 March 1975 Spectrum - Johnny Winter and Joe Walsh


Friday 14 March 1975 Hirsch Memorial Auditorium, Shreveport

Johnny Winter, James Cotton Band

Mar 1975 - Felt Forum NEW YORK

Saturday 22 March 1975 Rock Concert Don Kirschner's 2nd Anniversary Show

The Rolling Stones, Jim Groe, Black Oak Arkansas, Ike and Tina Turner, JOHNNY WINTER, Seals and Crofts, Linda RonStadt and Eagles, Maria Muldaur, Billy Preston

Bravo Magazone (Germany) 27 March 1975

Review of the album "John Dawson III"

Friday 28 March 1975 Freedom Hall, Johnson City

Saturday 29 March 1975, Public Hall, Cleveland

Johnmy Winter with special guests: Styx, James Cotton Band

Hit Parader, Apr 1975

Article: in Hit Parader: Johnny Winter's New Directions?

Article: in Hit Parader: Johnny Winter's New Directions?

Tuesday, 1 April 1975 - Felt Forum in New York City

Felt Forum 1 Apr 1975

High-Volume Rock by Johnny Winter now in Top Hat

Johnny Winter, making his annual New York pilgrimage at the Felt Forum on Tuesday, seemed changed only in appearance. Gone were the flowing caftans; now a top hat, somewhat battered, is the only sartorially bizarre effect. Remaining is the same screechy attack on the blues-rock form that zhas characterized the Texas musician since he burst charismatically on the music scene in 1968.

He has survived (and Mr. Winter over the years had many problems) more or less intact, perhapsleaning toward rock a little harder, laying back on the basic blues, But there was too much familiarity in his performance-the drive is the same, only the tempo changes; 'It just falls short of slickness. Mr. Winter also believes that his sound. volume can clear a sinus just as surely as it can clog the Forum's aisles. II-{is is an unruly, movable audience, doomed to boogie. It is an interesting effect when, for instance, his quartet lumbers into the rock oldie "Bony Moronie" with enough bass vibrations to make the producers of "Earthquake" envious, and the audience stomps happily around.

Supporting was James Cotton's Blues Band. He is a minor but genuine figure in the Chicago electric' blues scene, and the exposure he gets with Mr. Winter is very worthwhile.

IAN Dove


Thursday, 3 April 1975 - Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto Canada

Available on the album: Live at the Maple Leaf Gardens

  1. Johnny Winter - Guitar, Vocals
  2. Randy Jo Hobbs - Bass, Vocals
  3. Floyd Radford - Rythm Guitar
  4. Richard Hughes - Drums
  1. Introduction - Teddy Slatus
  2. Rock and Roll People
  3. Roll With Me
  4. Stranger
  5. Bony Moronie
  6. Sweet Papa John
  7. Pick Up On My Mojo
  8. Highway 61 Revisited
  9. Roll Over Beethoven

Friday, 4 April 1975 - Kitchener (Ontario) Memorial Auditorium Canada

On Fri 4-Apr-1975 Johnny Winter played the Kitchener (Ontario) Memorial Auditorium, an arena really. The line-up was Radford, Hobbs, and Hughes. Very rock too. The support was The James Cotton Blues Band ( with Little Bo on sax and Matt Murphy ).

Friday, 4 April 1975 - Kitchener (Ontario) Memorial Auditorium Canada


Tuesday 8 April 1975 (Location unknown) Johnny Winter, James Cottom Blues Band 

1 June 1975 Bowling Green State University's Doyt L. Perry stadium.

The newspaper ad for this concert at Bowling green:

Featuring six big-name rock groups and two renown solo performers. the "Poe Ditch Music Festival" will be held June 1 at Bowling Green State University's Doyt L. Perry stadium.

Johnny Winter and Richie Havens will do their sole thing while groups on hand will be Golden Earring. Montrose, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Styx, Pure Prairie League and Outlaws. Gates at the fully equipped 30.000 seat. stadium open at 9:30 a.m. with the show beginning lat 11:30 a.m. rain or shine. Tickets cost $10 at the door or $8 in advance at the following Marion locations: The Toggery, Southland Mall.

Rock music fans bum down BG press box

BOWLING GREEN Ohio (AP) — A crowd of rock music fans, angered by the cancellation of part of a concert, burned down the press box at Bowling Green State University's Doyt-Perry Stadium Sunday night. An estimated 33.000 persons had flocked to the stadium for the Poe Ditch Music Festival that ended in a rainstorm. The windy downpour and technical problems forced promoters to call off the concert as the top attractions. Johnny Winter and Golden Earring, were preparing to go onstage.

Disgruntled fans began throwing bottles on- stage as equipment was moved out of the rain, then set fire to the press box when* the final two groups declined to perform, fire officials said. City police also reported a fire in the downtown area about the same time, but were unable to confirm that it was related to the disturbance. Eight rock groups were invited to play for the concert that raised an estimated $35,000 for the school's athletic program according to Ross Todd, promoter of the festival. The crowd began gathering as early as Saturday morning for the program that began at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Todd said. Security personnel from the university. Bowling Green police and the Wood County sheriff's department were on hand to control the crowd.

A 13-bed first aid station was filled all day with people suffering from everything from cut feet to drug side effects, to an expectant mother in labor, one of the physicians on hand said. Tickets went for $10 at the gate, and $7 to students and $8 for regular tickets in advance.



Saturday, 7 June 1975: City Park New Orleans

Johnny Winter was opening for Alice Cooper ( Welcome To My Nightmare tour). The recording of this concert has also been made available on the bootleg: City Park 1975

  1. Johnny Winter - Guitar, Vocals
  2. Randy Jo Hobbs
  3. Floyd Radford
  4. Richard Hughes
  1. Rock and roll people
  2. Roll with me
  3. Bony Moronie
  4. Sweet papa john
  5. Jumpin' jack flash
  6. It's all over now

Francisco notes: Sounds like a complete set, although the show clocks in 50 minutes only. Great audience recording, superb for the ' 75 standard. Extended versions of "Roll With Me" (6 minutes plus) and Sweet Papa John (15 minutes long), compared to the better known versions on "Captured Live" and "Dervish Blues" releases.

25 June 1975: Providence


Pelo Magazine, July 1975 Argentina

July 1975: Johnny Winter El Blues Blanco, article on Johnny Winter in the Argentinian Music Magazine: Pelo

Johnny Winter playing a white Gibson Firebird on the front cover Pelo Magazine 1975


Hit Parader, Summer - Fall 1975 Yearbook

Johnny Winter on Cover picture of Hit Parader Magazine 1975, same story as Hit Parader April 1975 only different pictures inside Johnny Winter on Cover picture of Hit Parader Magazine 1975, same story as Hit Parader April 1975 only different pictures inside


Saturday, 5 July 1975: Atlanta Pop Festival with Stevie Ray Vaughan


Saturday 5 July 1975 Florida Jam, Tampa State Fairgrounds,

Sunday 6 July 1975: Roosevelt Stadium, Alice Cooper "Welcome to my Nighrmare"

The Alice Cooper show "Welcome to my Nighrmare" with special guest star "Johnny Winter" , extra added attraction: Leslie West featuring Corky Laing and The James Gang


Friday, 11 July 1975: Palace Theater, Waterbury, Connecticut

  1. Rock'n'roll people
  2. Roll with me
  3. Stranger
  4. Bony moronie
  5. Sweet papa john
  6. Pick up on my mojo


Saturday 12 July 1975 Summerfest at the Stadium , Rich Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y.


One of Britain's best-known bands, the Yes, will be headlining the Saturday, July 12, "Summerfest at the Stadium" concert at Rich Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Rock and roll star Johnny Winter, the J. Geils Band and an English group, Ace, are also scheduled to perform at the concert beginning at 5 p.m., "rain or shine:" Gates to the stadium are to open at 3 p.m.

Sponsored by Festival East Concerts, Belkin Productions and radio station Q-FM-97, the concert series last year drew more than 150,000 fans to its shows. Four expressway interchanges within a four-mile radius of the stadium, and numerous other traffic arteries in the area, make reaching the stadium convenient. Tickets for the Yes-Winter-Getls-Ace concert are $8 advance and $10 at the gate.

A post comment after the concert: Many arrested at rockfest

Erie County Sheriff's Department has arrested scores of young people on various narcotics charges at the Summerfest rock concert at Rich Stadium in suburban Orchard Park.

"The number right now is 60 arrests and we're still counting," a deputy said yesterday. The first of about 35,000 rockmusic fans began arriving at the open-air stadium yesterday morning. The music, provided by rock groups Yes, the J. Geils Ban, Ace and the Johnny Winter Group, began about 5 p.m. and was scheduled to continue uninterupted until midnight.

19 July 1975: World Series of Rock Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh

World Series of Rock starring Bachman Turner Overdrive, Johnny Winter, Dave Mason and his band, Foghat, Styx, Kansas and Bonaroo. Promoters of the show said it is "destined to be the biggest and best concert in Penn- sylvania this year."

Guitar Player Magazine, September 1975

Jimi Hendrix special edition. Reminiscences by Johnny Winter (and other artists).


Wednesday 17 September 1975: Swing Auditorium

The Edgar Winter Group w/Rick Derringer also performs. Both bands play together onstage after their own sets. Concert recorded for "Johnny Winter Captured Live!" and "Johnny and Edgar Winter/Together" albums.

Thursday, 18 September 1975: San Diego Sports Arena

San Diego (or San Bernadino, California) This concert was a stop on a three date tour for the recording of the "Johnny Winter Captured Live!" album. Two of the dates on this short tour were also for recording the "Johnny and Edgar Winter/Together" live album. The Edgar Winter Group w/Rick Derringer opened. During the set, Dan Hartman strapped on a Fender Stratocaster guitar and played a song in tribute to Jimi Hendrix - Sept. 18th being the anniversary of Hendrix's death. Johnny's band played next. After his set the lights went up and about three quarters of the audience left before an announcement came over the PA that a special event was about to take place - a recording session for the "Johnny and Edgar Winter/Together" album! My friends and I had stayed because we noticed that the roadies were ADDING equipment to the stage, not removing it. All members of Johnny's and Edgar's bands then came onstage. The show ended at about 2:15am. And as you can hear on those two albums, this event was truly one of the greatest concerts of the 70's.

The San Bernardino show has been broadcasted on the Broadcast Week Retro Rock in 1982

Saturday, 20 September 1975 - Oakland Stadium

The Edgar Winter Group with Rick Derringer. Johnny Winter, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Charlie Daniels, Earth Quake, Winter Brothers Jam. Concert recorded for "Johnny Winter Captured Live!" album. The Edgar Winter Group w/Rick Derringer also performs. Both bands play together onstage after their own sets.

Either the San Diego Sports Arena or Oakland Stadium concert has resulted into the bootleg "Dervish Blues"

Johnny and Edgar Winter 20 Sep Okland Stadium

A news paper review of the Oakload Coliseum

CONCERT NOTES: Edgar Winter, Johnny Winter and Lynyrd Skynyrd at Oakland Coliseum A lot of fine southern rock 'n roll came down in Oakland last Saturday as Bill Graham's 1975 Coliseum Stadium series ended. More than 41,000 were on hand, which is a lot more than most folks expected. Edgar put on his smoothest concert ever in the Bay Area. His rock glitter unit was led by Rick Derringer on lead guitar, and Dan Hartmann bass.

Johnny Winter was sensational on lead guitar although he was not consistent and had
trouble on a lot of tunes with introduction

Lynyrd Skynyrd is one of the hottest Southern rock bands. They stole the show away from everyone. Led by Ronnie Van Zant on vocals, this strong act did a powerful hour and 10 minutes ending their set with an incredible version of "Free Bird" that lasted over 14 minutes and "Sweet Home Alabama."

"We gave it our best try and 1 think the folks in the audeince knew that and really appreciate our all out effort," said the lead vocalist of Skynyrd. The controlled jam that ended the day was disappointing because it was so controlled. The jam lasted 45 minutes and featured the two Winter brothers who were smooth and together but nothing sensational came out of it. A few years ago when Johnny showed up for a jam it was something to talk about for years but not anymore.

Rolling Stone Magazine, 1975

"Prince Johnny's Winterland Wonders" (concert review);

"Johnny & Edgar: Two Hazy Shades Of Winter"


Musik Express (Germany) - 1975

Musik Express (Germany)- 1975

Johnny Winter performs on Jasmine Nightdreams

In 1975 (exact date unknown) Johnny plays slide guitar on Edgar Winter's Jasmine Nightdreams album.

In 1975 (exact date unknown) Johnny plays slide guitar on Edgar Winter's Jasmine Nightdreams album.


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