Edgar Winter


Oral History Information

Edgar Winter grew up in a musical family, his older brother being the blues legend Johnny Winter.  Edgar played in several of his brother’s bands before forming his own bands, always with a focus on rock and roll.  He pioneered the synthesizer in many settings and is the inventor of the keyboard strap because he wanted to jump around the stage as the guitarists did.  His energetic approach to music gave special attention to the synths in the pre-MTV world in which many of Edgar’s new sounds were very creative and very mysterious, just the way he liked it.