Saturday, July 26, 2014

168.5 - RIP: Johnny Winter, James Garner

RIP: Johnny Winter, James Garner

We have two RIPS this week as more bits of my younger years slip away.

Legendary blues guitarist Johnny Winter died of natural causes at his hotel room in Zurich on July 17. He was 70.

He made his national debut at Woodstock and spent the next 45 years as a proselytizer for the blues. He was on tour when he died.

He was noted for the speed and intensity of his playing and his fans among fellow guitarists included Carlos Santana, Eddie Van Halen, Michael Bloomfield, and Jimi Hendrix.

So RIP, Johnny Winter

The other, well, I suppose it's possible you may not have heard of Johnny Winter but you do know this guy.

James Garner died July 19 at the age of 86. He died of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles.

Garner was probably best known to most people for his two big TV roles - in the late '50s as Bret Maverick and in the late '70s as Jim Rockford - but he also made over 50 movies, including 1985's "Murphy's Romance," which got him an Oscar nomination for Best Actor.

And I suppose it says something that an appreciation of Garner at said "While their grandparents remember him from Maverick and their parents remember him from Rockford, to Millennials, Garner will always be Duke, the elderly version of Ryan Gosling's character in The Notebook," a movie from 2004, 47 years after Maverick hit the small screen.

RIP, James Garner. I think you earned it.

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