An American pianist, guitarist, harmonicist, and record producer, George Winston came to prominence after releasing his first album, Autumn in 1980. Then, he released his most popular albums, Winter into Spring and December.
When, he released his album, Forest, he was awarded Grammy Awards as well. His music genre was Stride, New Orleans R&B, folk, and new age.
Early Life of George Winston
George Winston was born George Otis Winston III on February 11, 1949, in Hart, Michigan, United States. As of now, George is 74 years old and his birth sign was Aquarius. George cuts his birthday cake on the 11th of February.
He was born as the son of George Winston (father) and Mary Winston (mother). His mother was an executive secretary and his father was a geologist. George had American citizenship and he used to belong to the white ethnicity. Winston used to follow the Christianity religion.
Education of George Winston
In 1967, he graduated from Coral Gables Senior High School in Coral Gables, Florida. He studied and majored in Sociology at Stetson University in the 1960s. He received an honorary doctor of arts degree from the University.
Single Life of George Winston
He was living a single low-key life. George lived secretly while spending his life on music.
George Winston’s Net Worth
Winston, an American pianist, guitarist, harmonicist, and record producer had a net worth of $250k at the time of his death. $400k was his annual salary.
George Winston’s Death & Illness
Winston was only 74 years old when he left this world on June 4, 2023, in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. He died due to cancer and was survived by his parents and sister. George was diagnosed with cancer in 2013.
He also suffered from thyroid cancer and skin cancer. He suffered from myelodysplastic syndrome leading him to a bone marrow transplant. His death news was announced by his publicist, Jesse Cutler via his website:
“We are deeply saddened to share the news that George Winston has passed on after a 10-year battle with cancer. George quietly and painlessly left this world while asleep on Sunday, June 4, 2023.Winston courageously managed serious cancers and had a bone marrow transplant for myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) in 2013.”
George Winston’s Music career
- George released his first debut album, Piano Solos with John Fahey for Fahey’s Takoma Records.
- He recorded the album, Autumn with Ackerman‘s new record label, Windham Hill Records.
- Then, he released a Christmas album, December in 1982.
- He even played harmonica solely and sued to play solo acoustic guitar as well.
- He played guitar and harmonica for his album, Remembrance – A Memorial Benefit.
- He released Gulf Coast Blues & Impressions: A Hurricane Relief Benefit in 2006.
- In 2012, he released Gulf Coast Blues & Impressions 2: A Louisiana Wetlands Benefit.
- He described an unusual method of playing the piano muting the strings while appearing on the show, 575 of the multimedia WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour.
- He won the Grammy Award in nomination for Best New Age, Ambient, or Chant Album for Forest in 1996.
Songs & Album
He released popular albums like Piano Solos, Autumn, Winter into Spring, Linus and Lucy: The Music of Vince Guaraldi, All the Seasons of George Winston, Night Divides the Day: The Music of the Doors, and Gulf Coast Blues and Impressions: A Hurricane Relief Benefit.
His hits songs were Colors/dance, Variations on the Kanon, Living in the Country, Sea, Prelude, Joy, Thanksgiving, Cloudy this Morning, Cast your Fate to the Wind, Jesus, Jesus, Rest your Head.
FAQs of George Winston
What is George Winston’s Height?
Winston’s height was 5 feet 6 inches. His eyes are blue in color while his hair was greyish brown.
What type of music does George Winston play?
George used to play the folk piano. He described his music on his official website as:
“I have always called it ‘Folk Piano’ (or more accurately ‘Rural Folk Piano, since it is melodic and not complicated in its approach, like folk guitar picking and folk songs, and has a rural sensibility.”
Is George Winston missing an ear?
Yes, he doesn’t have a right ear. His fans discovered that he only has one era in between his performance. They discover it when they found the glass hanging loosely and revealed it:
“Throughout the performance, we noticed that his glasses hung loose on the side of his head. Before the intermission, I thought this was just the eccentricities of genius. What my mom and I discovered was that he had no right ear! It makes me awestruck to believe that this genius who mastered the waves of sound only has a single ear. The things he can hear with his ear! It is just amazing. It made me think back to an old dilemma. If you had to lose your sense of sight or your sense of hearing, which would you lose? My choice would be to keep my sense of hearing and lose my sight.”
Where did George Winston grow up?
George spent his childhood in Montana, Florida, and Mississippi. He was a native of Hart, Michigan, and had American ethnicity.