RANDY JO HOBBS - Biography and Career in Music

Randy Jo Hobbs (Full-name: Randy Joël, born in 1948, was a talented and innovative bass player. He rose to prominence as a member of The McCoys, Johnnny Winter and the Edgar Winter bands, contributing to hits like "Hang On Sloopy" and "Free Ride." Hobbs collaborated with renowned artists, but struggled with substance abuse.


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RANDY JO HOBBS Essential Information

Randy Jo Hobbs:
His career

Randy Jo Hobbs (Name at birth: Randy Joel Hobbs), an accomplished bass player known for his exceptional talent, innovative style, and dynamic stage presence, was a force in the world of classic rock. Born on 22 March 1948, in Winchester, Indiana, Hobbs developed a deep passion for music at an early age. His love for playing was matched only by his larger-than-life personality, known for both charm and occasional bouts of wildness. His innate musical abilities and dedication to his craft would ultimately lead him to become one of the most respected bass players of his time.

As a young musician, Hobbs immersed himself in the music scene of the 1960s, drawing inspiration from various genres such as blues, rock, and jazz. He honed his skills by playing in local bands and absorbing the influences of prominent bassists like James Jamerson, Jack Bruce, and Paul McCartney.

Hobbs' breakthrough came in 1965 when he joined the band The McCoys, known for their hit single "Hang On Sloopy." This opportunity allowed him to showcase his bass-playing prowess on a larger stage and gain recognition within the industry. His aggressive style, using a pick instead of his fingers for a driving, punchy sound, was innovative for the time.

The 1970s propelled Hobbs into even greater success. He played with both Edgar Winter's White Trash, contributing to hits like "Free Ride" and "Frankenstein", and later joined Johnny Winter's band. His work on classic Johnny Winter albums like "Still Alive and Well" and "Saints & Sinners" cemented his status as a bass force to be reckoned with.

The McCoys and Johnny Winter were both signed to smaller labels owned by producer Bob Mack. This created an initial connection within the industry. Recognizing their talent and hearing they were struggling, Johnny Winter, already a rising blues-rock star, invited The McCoys to open for him on tour. This opportunity propelled their careers and led to musical collaboration, with bassist Randy Jo Hobbs contributing significantly to Johnny Winter's albums "Johnny Winter" And and "Live Johnny Winter And.""

With both Winter brothers, Hobbs' playing demonstrated both power and melodicism, creating solid grooves punctuated by intricate fills and solos. His talent, versatility, and onstage charisma made him a sought-after collaborator. He worked alongside numerous renowned artists and bands throughout his career, including Montrose and even Jimi Hendrix.

Despite his musical success, Hobbs faced personal challenges and struggled with substance abuse. These struggles sometimes interfered with his career, yet his undeniable skill and contributions to the world of music remained evident.

Tragically, Randy Jo Hobbs' life was cut short on August 5, 1993, when he passed away at the age of 45 due to heart failure caused by drug-related complications. His untimely death left a void in the music industry, but his legacy as a remarkable and influential bass player endures.

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Wedding photo of Randy Jo Hobbs with Sara Hobbs


Wedding of Rand Jo Hobbs with Sara Hobbs

On this wedding photo we can see: Randy Zehringer, Randy Jo Hobbs, Rick Derringer, Sara Hobbs, Johnny Winter, Steve Paul. Exact date of this wedding is unknown, and was probable around 1973 or 1974.

 Note: The photos on this page are taken from albums in my personal collection. Slight differences in color may exist due to the use of the camera's flash. Images can be zoomed in/out ( eg pinch with your fingers on a tablet or smartphone ).

Photo of Johnny Winter And band with Randy Jo Hobbs, standing behind Johnny Winter
Photo of Johnny Winter And band with Randy Jo Hobbs, standing behind Johnny Winter
Photo of Johnny Winter And band with Randy Jo Hobbs, standing behind Johnny Winter
Randy Jo Hobbs and Johnny Winter Live on the Midnight Special
Johnny Winter Live on the Midnight Specia

In a sizzling episode of the iconic 1970s music show 'The Midnight Special', blues-rock titan Johnny Winter set the stage ablaze with his legendary guitar prowess. The episode, which aired on July 6th, 1973, and was hosted by Jose Feliciano, showcased Winter at his fiery best.

Winter joined a lineup of diverse musical acts that night, including Savoy Brown, The Staple Singers, Stories, and Tower of Power. However, it was his raw, blues-infused energy that stole the show.

The guitar maestro kicked off his set with a blistering rendition of Rick Derringer's "Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo." His signature slide guitar work and howling vocals ignited the audience, confirming his status as one of the most electrifying blues-rock performers of his generation.

Winter followed up with a scorching cover of the Rolling Stones' classic "Jumpin' Jack Flash." His take on the iconic song was infused with his own brand of relentless energy, leaving a lasting impression on viewers.

These 'Midnight Special' performances offered a glimpse of Winter's legendary live power to a national audience. The show was a major platform in the 1970s and helped solidify his growing popularity.

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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.