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Origin:
Beaumont, TX, USA
Decades:
1970-present

Edgar Holland Winter (born December 28, 1946), is an American musician. He is famous for being a multi-instrumentalist. He is a highly skilled keyboardist, saxophonist and percussionist. He often plays an instrument while simultaneously singing. He was most successful in the 1970s with his band, The Edgar Winter Group. He has albinism. Edgar Holland Winter was born to John Winter II and Edith Winter on December 28, 1946 in Beaumont, TX. Both he and his brother Johnny are albino, and both were required to take special education classes in high school. Edgar 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." After recording with his brother, Johnny Winter, Edgar was signed to his own Epic Records contract in 1970 and recorded two R&B flavored albums, Entrance and Edgar Winter's White Trash.

In 1972 he formed The Edgar Winter Group, which included Dan Hartman, former Sawbuck members Ronnie Montrose and Chuck Ruff and later included the band's producer Rick Derringer in place of Montrose. It was with this band that Winter had his biggest success: the album They Only Come Out at Night (1972) featuring the #1 hit instrumental "Frankenstein", which used the synthesizer as a lead instrument. (During performances, Winter performed on keyboards, synthesizer, saxophone, and drums, all within the confines of the single song on stage.) Frankenstein reached number one in the U.S. in May 1973. Both They Only Come Out at Night and "Frankenstein" each sold over one million copies, and were awarded gold discs by the R.I.A.A. in 1973. "Frankenstein Live" was recorded at the San Diego Sports Arena in late 1974 and sold well over one million copies, more than the original recording. The band also had a sizable hit with "Free Ride", taken from the same album with vocals performed by bass player Danny Hartman, who also wrote the song.


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