John Dawson Winter III, was born on February 23, 1944 in Beaumont, Texas. He began practicing music at a very young age with his brother Edgar. He recorded School Day Blues on a Houston label at the age of 15 with their band, Johnny and the Jammers. It's at that age that he admires on stage the great names of classical blues (Muddy Waters, B.B. King or Bobby Blue Bland).
In 1968, Johnny created a trio with bassist Tommy Shannon and drummer Uncle John Turner, a band that an article in Rolling Stone magazine helped launch. The band released the albums The Progressive Blues Experiment and Johnny Winter in 1969, and participated in many rock festivals, Woodstock in particular.
In 1970, Johnny recorded the rock classic Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo with a band formed by Rick Derringer and Randy Jo Hobbs of the McCoys.