I was fortunate enough to promote two Johnny Winter shows. He was always very nice, but somewhat disconnected, I thought. I still have the Christmas card he sent. Probably actually came from Teddy Slatus, but a nice gesture.
At the second show, Teddy got off the bus first, and said he needed someone immediately to take him back to the hotel room. I offered, and the whole way, Teddy fretted about whether the room had been cleaned or not. When we got there, he bolted in, and when he returned, he was visibly relieved. I asked had they cleaned the room yet, and he said yes, but they had missed Johnny's medication, which was at the back of the drawer in the nightstand. I didn't pry, but Teddy's worry kind of spoke for itself. Barbara, Teddy's wife, died, and then Teddy fell down the steps drunk at his house and died. I understand that there was a lawsuit over mismanagement from Johnny's current management. Is it significant that he died in his hotel room? Maybe, maybe not.
My first Johnny Winter show was in 1974. At 16, I bought the "And" album, and was smitten. I still can remember every note. I saw him several times over the years. Some shows were better than others. Teddy told me (because I asked) that Johnny toured because he loved to. Teddy had managed Johnny since 1968, and Johnny was essentially the only income Teddy had. I am suspicious.
Definitely one of the greats. I am sorry he is gone, and will feel his absence in the world.
Gone are the days we stopped to decide where we should go, we just ride...