Edgar Winter recently dropped the first song, a cover of Chuck Berry‘s “Johnny B. Goode,” from his tribute album to late brother Johnny Winter.
Along with Winter, the song features The Eagles‘ Joe Walsh and guitarist David Grissom.
In a press release announcing the album, Winter said, “To this day, when I think of rock ‘n’ roll, I think of Chuck Berry and ‘Johnny B. Goode’. It’s not only Johnny’s story but also every kid’s story who ever picked up a guitar, coming from humble beginnings with the idea of making it big someday. So, of course, it has to be on this album.” Talking about Walsh, Winter said that he has dreamt of being able to record a song with the singer and guitarist.
“Joe and I go way back to the ’70s, playing shows together when he was in the James Gang. I got him to sing the second verse and do the harmonies on the ‘Go, Johnny, Go’ choruses, and just like that, my dream came true,” Winter said.
He added, “Thank you, Joe, for taking time from your busy schedule with the Eagles and your radio show to do this special duet. It reminded me of when Johnny and I used to sing it together, and felt just like old times.” Reminiscing about the first time he paired up with his brother, Winter mentioned the first time the duo got to play on a stage at a local concert where they participated.
“We had our very first band called Johnny and the Jammers, and the best song we knew was ‘Johnny B. Goode,’” he said. “So, we entered, we went on, we played it, we won and went on to make our first record – a song Johnny wrote called ‘School Day Blues.’ And as they say, the rest is history.”
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