Blues Foundation Hall of Famer and Beaumont's own Johnny Winter passed away Wednesday at a hotel in Switzerland where he was on tour. Winter was raised in Beaumont and began performing when he was just a teenager.
In 1968, Rolling Stone magazine named him the hottest musician outside of Janis Joplin. Winter was best known for his high energy, blues rock albums in the late 60's and early 70's.
Radio Personality Al Caldwell played a number of Winter's songs over the airwaves as a DJ in that time period. Caldwell's fondest memory of Winter happened in his hometown.
"I had Johnny back up ZZ TOP at my teenage nightclub in 1969. Johnny arrived in a 1939 Packard Hearst," Caldwell recalled.
Winter's health had been declining in the last 15 years. A cause of death is unknown but an autopsy has been ordered. Foul play is not suspected.