In 1968, Winter signed a contract with a bonus of $600,000 after being "discovered" by Columbia Records executives sitting in with Mike Bloomfield ad Al Kooper at the Fillmore East. The following Spotify playlist is Winter's 1969 major album release.
My favorite Johnny memory is from 1981 ChicagoFest on Navy Pier. Muddy Waters was playing the blues stage. I had scored tix on the SS Milwaukee, an old Lake Michigan ferry, 29 feet behind and 20 feet above the stage. It was a humid 90 degree night with the audience packed cheek to jowl. The fist half was classic Muddy and then Johnny walked on stage. Fire up the Enola Gay. It went nuclear. I recently found this recording of the concert.