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Edgar Winter (born December 28, 1946) is an American rock, pop, jazz and blues multi-instrumentalist, who enjoyed his greatest success in the ‘70s with the singles “Frankenstein” and “Free Ride”, hailing from Beaumont, Texas, U.S.
Much like his late elder bother Johnny, Edgar Winter was born with albinism however remained clear in his pursuit and drive for playing blues-rock. The brothers, with strong encouragement from their parents, began performing together at a young age, subsequently forming the blues and R&B groups Johnny and the Jammers, the Black Plague, and the Crystaliers. By the age of 18 Edgar had become an impressive guitar, keyboard, bass, drum, ukulele, and saxophone player, which strongly aided his genre-defying future output.
After appearing on his brother’s 1970 album “Second Winter”, the musician secured a deal with Epic Records. Winter’s debut full-length “Entrance” arrive the same year, with his single “Tobacco Road” earning the singer-songwriter a large and devoted following. Backed by his ensemble of horn musicians known as “White Trash”, Winter issued two more albums, 1971’s “Edgar Winter’s White Trash”, and 1972’s live album “Roadwork”, before White Trash dissolved.
Marked by their relentless touring, Winter’s subsequent band, the Edgar Winter Group, formed in 1972, and released their debut “They Only Come Out at Night” in 1973. Produced by Rick Derringer, the record peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200, representing Winter’s greatest success to date. The double-platinum record spawned the Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 “Frankenstein” and No. 14 “Free Ride” and earned a string of critically acclaimed reviews.
Two years later Winter released the full-length “Shock Treatment”, which charted at No. 13 on the Billboard 200. In 1975 the multi-instrumentalist continued to tour and record prodigiously, later releasing the charting albums “Jasmine Nightdreams” and “The Edgar Winter Group with Rick Derringer” in 1975 and “Together” in 1976. Winter’s musical output steadily increased throughout the ‘80s, ‘90s and new millennium, which culminated in the best-of showcase “Edgar Winter - The Best of” in 2002.