The Edgar Winter Group was a rock band that became famous during the early 1970s. They are best known for the blockbuster instrumental smash, "Frankenstein" (1973), as well as the hard-driving blues rock classic, "Free Ride" (1973).
Born December 28, 1946 in Beaumont, Texas into a musical family, Edgar Winter began performing as a child on a local children's show with his older brother Johnny (February 23, 1944 - July 16, 2014), who would later also go on to become a top blues rock act. Over the years, Winter collaborated with his brother on a number of projects and can be heard playing keyboards and saxophone on the 1969 album, "Johnny Winter." In 1970, Edgar Winter released his critically acclaimed solo debut album, "Entrance," which was followed by two hit albums with his backing group, White Trash. In late 1972, he formed The Edgar Winter Group with Dan Hartman (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, percussion), Ronnie Montrose (lead guitar, backing vocals), and Chuck Ruff (drums) and released "They Only Come Out At Night," the band's smash debut album which made the Billboard 200 Top 5 and remained on the charts for a whopping 80 weeks. It went gold the following year and was later certified double platinum in 1986.
With White Trash, Winter made his debut on the Pop/Rock charts in 1971 with the gospel-influenced "Where Would I Be (Without You)," which became a minor hit. The Edgar Winter Group had its first official charting song in late 1972 with "Round & Round" followed in early 1973 by the band's greatest hit, the Edgar Winter-penned "Frankenstein," which topped the charts in both Canada and the U.S. and soon after went gold. This smash was followed later that year by the Dan Hartman-penned "Free Ride" (1973), another top hit that made the Pop/Rock Top 20. The band's other hits included "Hangin' Around" (1973) and "Easy Street" (1974), and Winter had an additional solo hit in the Top 40 with "River's Risin'" (1974).
A veteran singer, songwriter, and producer, Edgar Winter's music is a unique fusion of hard rock, jazz, blues, blue-eyed soul, and pop, and he is famous for his high energy, multi-instrumental live performances. He has recorded over 20 albums to date and has also composed music for TV and film.
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Edgar Winter Group
- Frankenstein 1973
(This instrumental hit topped the charts.)
- Free Ride 1973
(This song later also became a hit for Tavares (1976).)
- River's Risin' 1974
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