Johnny Winter - The First Album - Blue Sky 12" Vinyl LP Album

The First Album (Blue Sky Records) is a re-issue of the first album Johnny Winter released on the CBS Record label and was also known as the Black Album. The year of release of this re-issue on Blue Sky is unknown and must after 1973 (The year Blue Sky records was formed).


JOHNNY WINTER - The First Album Blue Sky 12" Vinyl LP Album
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Album Description:

Johnny Winter's self-titled debut album is a re-issue and has also referred to as "The First Album" or the "Black Album", marked the beginning of an extraordinary musical journey for the legendary blues-rock guitarist. Initially released on the CBS Record label, the album was later reissued under the Blue Sky Records banner, which was formed in 1973. While the exact year of the Blue Sky reissue remains unknown, it undoubtedly served as a testament to the enduring power of Winter's raw and electrifying sound.

"The First Album" introduced the world to the prodigious talent of Johnny Winter, who was already a seasoned performer by the time of its release. Born in Beaumont, Texas, in 1944, Winter began playing the guitar at a young age and quickly developed a deep passion for the blues. His exceptional skills on the instrument, coupled with his soulful vocals, made him a force to be reckoned with in the music industry.

Winter's bluesy sound was heavily influenced by the greats who came before him, such as Muddy Waters and B.B. King. However, he added his own unique flair, infusing his music with a high-energy rock 'n' roll edge. His guitar playing was characterized by lightning-fast solos, intricate slide work, and a gritty tone that oozed with emotion. With his powerful voice and mesmerizing stage presence, Winter captivated audiences and quickly gained a reputation as one of the most electrifying performers of his generation.

"The First Album" showcased Winter's exceptional musicianship across ten tracks that ranged from blistering blues-rock to soulful ballads. The album opened with "I'm Yours and I'm Hers", a high-octane track that set the stage for what was to come. It featured Winter's scorching guitar work and dynamic vocals, leaving no doubt that he was a force to be reckoned with.

Other standout tracks on the album included "Leland Mississippi Blues", a soulful and haunting tune that showcased Winter's mastery of slide guitar, and "Dallas", an energetic instrumental that highlighted his dexterity and technical prowess. The album also featured Winter's rendition of the classic blues song "Good Morning Little School Girl", which further solidified his status as a true bluesman.

The Blue Sky reissue of "The First Album" on a 12" vinyl LP allowed fans to experience Winter's music in its purest form. The warmth and depth of vinyl provided a fitting medium for his rich, soulful sound, taking listeners on a sonic journey through the heart and soul of the blues.

Throughout his career, Johnny Winter released numerous albums and collaborated with a wide array of artists, including his brother Edgar Winter and blues icon Muddy Waters. His impact on the world of music cannot be overstated, as he helped bridge the gap between blues and rock and influenced countless musicians across genres.

Music Genre:

 Blues Music

Collector Notes:

 Johnny Winter The First Album is a re-issue of Johnny Winter self-titled album aka the Black Album.
This is the rare Blue Sky issue of the "First Album" , which has also been issued on the Embassy records labels.

Album Production Information:

 Produced by Johnny Winter

Record Label Information:

 Blue Sky SKY 32206 / CBS 63619 / CS 9826 / LC 3231

Media Format:

 12" LP Vinyl Gramophone Record 

Year & Country:

 1969 Made in Holland
Band Members and Musicians on: Johnny Winter The First Album
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Johnny Winter - Guitar, Vocals
  • Uncle John Turner - percussion
  • Tommy Shannon - bass

    Tommy Shannon, born Thomas Lafitte Smedley on 18 April 1946, is an American bass guitarist renowned for his influential work with the legendary blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan. His powerful and innovative bass lines have left an indelible mark on the blues and rock music scene, making him one of the most respected and influential bass players of his generation.

    Early Life and Musical Journey:


    Tommy Shannon was born in Tucson, Arizona, and grew up in a musically inclined family. He discovered his passion for music at a young age and initially played guitar before switching to bass. Shannon's musical journey began to take shape in the 1960s when he moved to Dallas, Texas, a hotspot for emerging blues and rock scenes.

    Collaboration with Johnny Winter:

    In the late 1960s, Tommy Shannon's career took a significant turn when he joined forces with the renowned blues guitarist Johnny Winter. Shannon's powerful bass lines perfectly complemented Winter's electrifying guitar playing and distinctive voice. The partnership between Johnny Winter and Tommy Shannon proved to be a match made in blues heaven.

    During his time with Johnny Winter, Shannon contributed to several albums, including the critically acclaimed "Johnny Winter Self-titled", and "The Progressive Blues Experiment" which was released in 1970. The album's success catapulted both Winter and Shannon into the limelight, earning them a dedicated fan base and recognition among their peers.
    After several successful years with Johnny Winter, Tommy Shannon's musical journey took another pivotal turn when he teamed up with the young guitar prodigy, Stevie Ray Vaughan.

    Collaboration with Stevie Ray Vaughan:

    In the early 1980s, Tommy Shannon's career took a significant turn when he joined forces with the young guitar virtuoso Stevie Ray Vaughan. In 1981, Shannon became a member of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, the band that would redefine modern blues and bring the genre to new heights.

    Shannon's rhythmic and steady bass playing provided a solid foundation for Stevie Ray Vaughan's blistering guitar solos, contributing to the band's unique sound. Their chemistry was undeniable, and together they achieved massive success with albums like "Texas Flood" (1983), "Couldn't Stand the Weather" (1984), and "Soul to Soul" (1985).

    Career Highlights:

    As part of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Tommy Shannon performed in iconic venues around the world and became known for his electrifying live performances. His bass lines on songs like "Pride and Joy", "Cold Shot", and "Crossfire" showcased his exceptional talent and helped solidify Stevie Ray Vaughan's status as a blues legend.

    Tragedy and Aftermath:

    Unfortunately, tragedy struck on August 27, 1990, when a helicopter carrying Stevie Ray Vaughan and members of Eric Clapton's entourage crashed after a concert in Wisconsin. The accident claimed the lives of all on board, including Stevie Ray Vaughan. The world mourned the loss of a guitar legend, and Tommy Shannon was deeply affected by the passing of his close friend and musical partner.

    After Stevie Ray Vaughan's death, Tommy Shannon continued to honor his legacy through his music. He played with various bands and musicians, paying tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan's work while also exploring new musical endeavors.


    Tommy Shannon's contributions to the world of blues and rock, particularly through his collaboration with Stevie Ray Vaughan, are immeasurable. His innovative bass playing and dedication to the craft have influenced countless bassists and musicians, leaving an enduring impact on the genre.

  • Willie Dixon - acoustic bass
  • Walter Shakey Horton - harp
  • Karl Garin - trumpets
  • Stephen Ralph Sefsik - alt sax
  • A.Wynn Butler - tenor sax
  • Norman Ray - bariton sax
  • Edgar Winter - piano

    Edgar Winter is a renowned American musician, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who has made significant contributions to the worlds of rock, jazz, blues, and pop music. Born on 28 December 1946, in Beaumont, Texas, Edgar Holland Winter was destined for a life immersed in music, given his family's musical background. His father, Johnnie Winter Sr., was a skilled saxophonist and guitarist, and his mother, Edwina, was a talented pianist.

    Edgar Winter's musical journey began at a young age when he started learning classical piano and clarinet. However, it was his introduction to the alto saxophone during his teen years that sparked a lifelong passion for music. Alongside his younger brother, Johnny Winter, a renowned blues guitarist, Edgar honed his skills and became a proficient saxophonist.


    In the late 1960s, Edgar formed his first band called "The Crystaliers", which mainly played covers of popular songs at local venues. However, his big breakthrough came in 1970 when he founded "The Edgar Winter Group". The band's lineup included Ronnie Montrose on guitar, Dan Hartman on bass, and Chuck Ruff on drums. They quickly gained popularity, thanks to their unique fusion of rock, jazz, and blues influences.

    The Edgar Winter Group's debut album, "Entrance", was released in 1970 and received critical acclaim. However, it was their 1972 release, "They Only Come Out at Night", that catapulted them to stardom. The album featured the iconic instrumental track "Frankenstein", which showcased Edgar Winter's exceptional skills on the synthesizer. "Frankenstein" became a massive hit and earned him a Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.

    Following the success of "They Only Come Out at Night", the band released several more albums, but none matched the commercial success of their breakthrough record. Nevertheless, Edgar Winter's reputation as a talented and innovative musician continued to grow. Here you will find a selection of the vinyl records released by Edgar Winter.

    Throughout his career, Edgar Winter collaborated with various artists and musicians, showcasing his versatility and proficiency on multiple instruments, including saxophone, keyboards, synthesizer, and vocals. He also ventured into producing and writing music for other artists.

    In addition to his work with The Edgar Winter Group, Edgar pursued a solo career, releasing albums that explored different genres and musical styles. His solo discography includes albums such as "Jasmine Nightdreams", "Shock Treatment", and "Mission Earth".

    Over the years, Edgar Winter has remained active in the music industry, touring extensively and captivating audiences with his electrifying performances. His music continues to influence aspiring musicians and resonate with fans across generations.

  • Carrie Hossel, Peggy Bowers, Elsie Senter - background vocals
Track Listing of: Johnny Winter The First Album
    The Song/tracks on "The First ALbum" are:
  • I'm yours and I'm yours
  • Be careful with a fool AKA Treat me right
  • Dallas
  • Mean mistreater
  • Leland Mississippi blues
  • Good morning little school girl
  • When you got a good friend
  • I'll drown in my tears
  • Back door friend


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"TheFirst Album" Record Label Details: Blue Sky SKY 32206 ℗ 1969 CBS IncSound Copyright

"TheFirst Album" Record Label Details: Blue Sky SKY 32206 ℗ 1969 CBS IncSound Copyright

JOHNNY WINTER - Vinyl and CD Discography and Album Cover Gallery

Johnny Winter , was an American musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer. Best known for his high-energy blues-rock albums and live performances in the late 1960s and 1970s, Winter also produced three Grammy Award-winning albums for blues singer and guitarist Muddy Waters. After his time with Waters, Winter recorded several Grammy-nominated blues albums. In 1988, he was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and in 2003, he was ranked 63rd in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the '100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time'. He was also known for his collaborations with other musicians, including Muddy Waters and Edgar Winter. Winter's career spanned several decades and he released numerous albums throughout his lifetime. He died on 16 July 2014.