Edgar Winter

Edgar Winter
Winter performing at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Florida in 2006
Background information
Birth nameEdgar Holland Winter
Born (1946-12-28) December 28, 1946 (age 72)
Beaumont, Texas, United States
GenresRock, pop, jazz fusion, blues rock, blue-eyed soul, boogie rock
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, record producer
InstrumentsVocals, keyboards, saxophone, percussion, guitar
Years active1969–present
LabelsEpic, Airline
Associated actsJohnny Winter, Rick Derringer, The Edgar Winter Group, Sawbuck, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, David Lee Roth, Todd Rundgren, edgarwinter.com/home.php

Edgar Holland Winter (born December 28, 1946) is an American musician, songwriter, and record producer.[1] He is known for being a multi-instrumentalist — keyboardist, guitarist, saxophonist and percussionist — as well as a singer. His success peaked in the 1970s with his band, The Edgar Winter Group, and their popular songs "Frankenstein"[1] and "Free Ride".

Early life

Winter was born to John Winter II and Edwina Winter on December 28, 1946, in Beaumont, Texas. Both he and his older brother Johnny were born with albinism, and both were required to take special education classes in high school. Winter states, "In school I had a lot of friends. I wore a lot of white shirts to, like, blend in I guess. No one really gave me a hard time about being albino or taking special education classes. Then again, I wasn't really popular."[citation needed]

By the time Edgar Winter left his hometown in 1963, he was already a proficient musician.

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