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Johnny Winter timeline in 1978

Johnny Winter Timeline 1978

    Highlights of Johnny Winter in 1978
  • Jon Paris joins Johnny's band mid-1978 shortly after "White Hot and Blue" was released
  • European Tour

 This page covers Johnny Winter in 1978, use the links below to quickly jump to the year: 1970 , 1971 , 1972 , 1973 , 1974 , 1975 , 1976 , 1977 , 1978 , 1979 .



Highlights of Johnny Winter events in 1978

Jon Paris joins Johnny's band mid-1978 shortly after "White Hot and Blue" was released

European Tour

Johnny WInter produces the grammy award winning album "I'm ready" with Muddy Waters

British Biscuit (incl. fantastic, mind-blowing version of "Hey Joe"!)

BBC Show (with Muddy Waters )

Johnny Winter positions in the Billboard Charts during 1978



Summer 1978 - Johnny Winter / Jon Paris /Doug McLean/Louisiana Red Pop's

Johnny Winter amd Jon Paris
New York, Palladium. This is a show also shown on TV as "Foghat and friends" which has Muddy Waters and various others including Johnny performing "Last night".

Detailed Day by Day Johnny Winter events in 1978

Sunday , 8-10 January 1978: Bottom Line

Buddy Guy and Junior Wells
Son Seals Blues Band - Johnny Winter sits in with SON SEALS on Jan 10.

Thursday 19 January 1978, Tipitina's by White Oak productions

Johnny Winter with special guests Mason Rufner, and the Blues Rockers

1 Feb 1978: Dothan Civic Center, Dothan, AL

Johnny Winter, Charlie Daniels, Edgar Winter

Thursday, 1 June 1978: King Biscuit Radio Show

King Biscuit show: BB King with Johnny Winter and includes: "Going Down Slow" with B.B. King and Edgar Winter . This show is available on one of BB King's CD's

Tuesday, 4 July 1978: Village Vanguard, N.Y

Johnny Winter jams with Otis Rush and his band at Village Vanguard, N.Y, released on bootleg: "Take a Look Behind"

Wednesday, 9 August 1978: Shaboo Inn, Willimantic, Connecticut

Johnny gave a guitar seminar in the afternoon, followed by a late night concert. Probable the first show with Jon Paris and Bobby Torello, songlist includes:

  • Hideaway
  • Messin' With The Kid
  • Last Night
  • Brown Eyed Handsome Man
  • Come On In My Kitchen
  • Crossroads
  • Rollin' And Tumblin'
  • Wipe Out (drum solo)


Friday, 11 August 1978: Paradise Ballroom, Boston, Massachusetts


  1. Jam
  2. Diving Duck
  3. Mississippi Blues
  4. Black Cat Bone
  5. Rollin' & Tumblin'
  6. Walkin' Blues
  7. Come On In My Kitchen
  8. Roll Over Beethoven,
  9. Wipe Out
  10. Suzie Q,
  11. Love Her With A Feeling Or Forget It
  12. Boney Moroney
  13. Johnny B. Goode.
  14. Wildwood Flower
  15. Back at the Chicken Shack
Johnny Winter Paradise Ballroom Boston 1978

Monday, 14 August 1978 - Louie's Rock City Falls Church, Arlington, Virginia

  1. Hideaway
  2. Divin' duck
  3. Mississippi blues
  4. Sweet little sixteen
  5. Wildwood flower
  6. Rolling stone
  7. Talk to your daughter [amazing version; starts out as a ferocious rocker song, than Johnny & Jon trade licks on guitar and harmonica, quoting Freddie King's "steppin' out" and John Lee Hooker "boogie chillen"]
  8. Wipe out
  9. Drum solo


20 August 1978: Tomorrow Club, Youngstown, OH

Johnny Winter, The Helium Brothers

23 August 1978: Second Chance Saloon, Ann Arbor, MI


Saturday, 26 August 1978: White Hot and Blue

Johnny Winter's "White, Hot and Blue" scores #141 on the Billboard Charts


24 or 27 August 1978: Parkwest Theater, Chicago, Illinois

  1. Rolling & tumbling
  2. Come on in my kitchen
  3. Johnny B. Goode
  4. Mississipi blues
  5. Sweet home Chicago



Johnny Winter Parkwest 1978

Monday, 4 September 1978: The Bottom Line, New York City

Johnny Winter, Edgar Winter



Tuesday, 5 September 1978: The Bottom Line, New York City

Comment: by Steven Pearl: "... Johnny at the Bottom Line in NYC on September 5th, 1978 where Edgar Winter jammed with him and it's a great one! I was at that show and it was a KILLER! (...) Other than that it's a great show and the sound quality is real good. HOT STUFF!!! (...) Jon Paris sings 2 songs and plays guitar while Johhny plays bass. (...) I know they did "It Hurts Me Too" while Johnny went backstage to take a pee or something (he drank a lot of Blue Nun wine that night). (...) I remember the show as if it were only 26 years ago. Whatta night! Actually it seems more like a few weeks ago. Johnny played 2 nights at the Bottom Line, both shows were sold out and I didn't know him then so I had to think fast. I called up the Bottom Line and told them I wrote for a Rock & Roll magazine called ROCKET (long out of business now) which I did but I was a cartoonist for them. I told them I was writing an article about Johnny so they got me in on the VIP list! I guess they didn't check too carefully back then. I went to the show and the next day I called them up again and they got me in again! I don't think I could get away with that today (thank God I don't have to!) but it worked beautifully then."

  1. Intro
  2. Hideaway
  3. Divin' duck [Johnny firstly announces EZ Rider, then "changed my mind" into the actual song]
  4. Last night
  5. Walking by myself [after this song Johnny shouts "it's time to rock'n'roll!"
  6. Mississippi blues
  7. Drum solo by Bobby Torello. [Johnny calls him as "the Missing Link from New Haven"]
  8. I'm ready [Johnny on bass and Jon Paris on guitar & vocals]
  9. New York, New York ["by a special request earlier before we got the stage" says Jon Johnny on bass and Jon Paris on guitar & vocals; ]
  10. Come on in my kitchen
  11. Rollin' & Tumblin'
  12. Highway 61 revisited [after many requests along the show by an audience member, although he asks for "highway 51"]
  13. Look on yonder wall
  14. It hurts me too [briefly cuts in; first part sung by Jon Paris, the song starts out while Johnny was on backstage]
  15. Brown eyed handsome man
  16. Back at chicken shack [after the initials chords, Johnny lets Jon & Bobby playing alone for a minute. Jon played the "steppin' out" riff, then Johnny returns and introduces Edgar Winter]
  17. Tobacco road [Edgar Winter on vocals & sax]
  18. Everyday I have the blues [Johnny & Edgar on vocals; Edgar sang some verses of "drinkin' muddy water" by the end of the song]
  19. Got my mojo working [Johnny & Edgar on vocals; some scat singing with guitar & sax solos were cut out, on the end of the song]
  20. One step in the time [Johnny on vocals, Edgar on sax, Jon Paris on harmonica; by the end Johnny sings verses of "you don't have to go" and "baby what's wrong with you"]
  21. Wildwood flower [Edgar on sax]
  22. Honest I do [Johnny on vocals, Edgar on sax, Jon Paris on harmonica]
  23. Medley [vocals by Johnny & Edgar]:
    slipping & sliding
    long tall sally
    back at chicken shack [with band members introduction]


Friday, 8 September 1978: My Father's Place, Roslyn, New York

Recording available on the bootleg: How to play Blues!

  1. Hideaway
  2. Sen-sa-tion
  3. Last Night
  4. Boney Moroney - longest version ever, clocking in almost 18 minutes; begins rocker as usual, then calms down with band introduction, again; then starts an epic, plenty of solos - also on slide - and ends with the main rocker theme
  5. Suzie Q
  6. Come On In My Kitchen.
  7. Walking by myself
  8. Wipe out
  9. Drum solo
  10. Wipe out reprise [Johnny on bass and Jon Paris on guitar]
  11. Rave on [Buddy Holly's song - Johnny on bass and Jon Paris on guitar & singing]
  12. Everyday I have the blues [Johnny on bass and Jon Paris on guitar & singing]
  13. Country blues medley (Mississippi blues/ kind hearted woman/ me & the devil)




Rolling Stone, 5 October 1978, Issue 275

Article: Muddy Waters , The Delta Son Never Sets, Johnny mentioned


Rolling Stone, 2 November 1978, Issue 277

Review: White, Hot & Blue


Monday, 6 November 1978 Crossroad's Club, Birmingham, Alabama

  1. Hideaway
  2. Help me
  3. Roll over Beethoven
  4. Walking by myself
  5. Last night
  6. Susie Q
  7. Jumpin' Jack Flash


12 November 1978 Ole Man River's, New Orleans, LA


Wednesday, 15 November 1978: Houston, Texas Opry House, Houston

This concert has been released on the bootlegs: "History of the Blues", and "Texas Opry House"

  1. Hideaway
  2. If the river was whiskey (aka diving duck)
  3. Last night
  4. Bony Moronie
  5. Walking by myself
  6. Mississipi blues
  7. Black cat bone
  8. Come on in my kitchen
  9. Brown eyed handsome man
  10. Wee wee hours
  11. Wipe out
  12. Drum solo

Saturday, 18 November 1978, Armadillo World Headquarters Austin

Austin's most famous music venue in the 1970s

  • Hideaway
  • Messin' With The Kid
  • Susie Q
  • Mississippi Blues
  • Walking By Myself
  • Roll Over Beethoven
  • Last Night
  • Diving Duck
  • Help Me
  • Honest I Do
  • Got My Mojo Working 1
  • Love Her With A Feeling
  • Wipe Out, drum solo
  • Going Down Slow (Jon Paris - Guitar & Vocal, Johnny Winter - Bass)
  • Ready, Willing and Able(or I'm Ready) (Jon Paris - Guitar & Vocal, Johnny Winter - Bass)
  • Come On In My Kitchen
  • Sweet Papa John
  • Ain't Nothing To Me
  • Closing

Sunday, 19 November 1978, Armadillo World Headquarters Austin

25 November 1978, Dallas Palladium, Dallas, TX

14 December 1978: Whiskey Au Go Go, Los Angeles, California

This concert has been released on the bootleg "Whiskey Au Go Go"

  1. Hideway
  2. Divin Duck
  3. Walkin by Myself
  4. Last Night
  5. Sweet Home Chicago
  6. Wipe Out
  7. Rolling Tumblin (slide Medley)
  8. Leavin Blues
  9. Suzie Q
  10. Come in my Kitchen

Dec 1978 - Old Waldorf, San Francisco

  1. Hideaway
  2. Messin' With The Kid
  3. One Step At A Time
  4. Mississippi Blues
  5. Black Cat Bone
  6. Bony Moronie
  7. Last Night
  8. Wipe Out, drum solo
  9. Merry Christmas Baby(Jon Paris - Guitar, Vocal Johnny Winter - Bass)

Guitar Player, date unknown (around 78)

Johnny Winter : A few of my favorite . This article has nice pictures as usual (B.B. King playing with Johnny). Johnny talks openly about Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix, Robert Johnson, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Chet Atkins, Luther Naley, Seymoure Drugan, BB King, T-Bone Walker


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