Uncle John Turner: 1944-2007

A message from Johnny and Susan Winter: “Rest in peace, good friend. You will forever be in our hearts and prayers.”

Legendary Texas Blues Drummer Dies at 62

B.B King once exclaimed, “Man, I can set my watch to your time!”

“Uncle John” Turner died Thursday, July 26th, in Austin, Texas from complications related to hepatitis C. He was 62 years old.

Born in Port Arthur, Texas, Uncle John was a childhood friend and bandmate of Johnny Winter. While playing drums with Winter in 1968, Turner convinced him to try a full-blown blues band format and sent for his friend Tommy Shannon to play bass. Success quickly followed, and the trio went on to record what many consider to be three of Johnny’s finest albums: The Progressive Blues Experiment, Johnny Winter and Second Winter. With fourth member Edgar Winter, they played Woodstock in 1969, as well as numerous other festivals and shows around the world.


3 Responses to “Uncle John Turner: 1944-2007”

  1. greenmanyyz says:

    I only saw Unc once and that was way back in Oct 1969… Massey Hall, Toronto but I fell in love with the blues then, and have loved them ever since.

    Tonight, I’ve got the blues….

    Rest in peace Unc

    We love you

  2. Johnny, You have my heart felt condolences on the loss of your friend Uncle John Turner. He was a tremendous human being and musician and he will always be remembered through his music and accomplishments. I’m playing “Second Winter” right now and he is here! It’s people like you and him thats the reason I love the Blues so much. Rest In Peace Uncle John Turner.

  3. Johnny,
    I caught your show at the Uncle John Turner benefit and memorial at Antones in Austin Wednesday night. You were tremedous, heartfelt, and your chops were transcendent. I am an old protege and roommate of Uncle John’s. he did so much for me as a young player here in Houston. I am proud aof the way you sounded and performed. Please keep up the fabulous work. Texas loves you and the world loves you.