The world can never have enough artists, and it’s art. Our hearts become heavy whenever we learn that a particular artist is no longer with us. We mourn the passing at age 73 of Grammy-winning New Age pianist George Winston with great sadness. To learn more, keep reading.
The Cause Of Death
His website stated that he had been fighting cancer for the preceding ten years. His website and Twitter account announced, “We are deeply saddened to share the news that George Winston has passed away after a 10-year battle with cancer. George quietly and painlessly left this world while asleep on Sunday, June 4, 2023. Read the full message: http://georgewinston.com/about”
We are deeply saddened to share the news that George Winston has passed away after a 10-year battle with cancer. George quietly and painlessly left this world while asleep on Sunday, June 4, 2023.
Read the full message: https://t.co/Me4QgH2ibS pic.twitter.com/0Kzs6YSgE2
— George Winston (@gwinstonpiano) June 6, 2023
George Winston Family
Besides his sister, he also leaves behind a niece and a nephew. There will be a private memorial, according to the family. Variety reports that Feeding America, the City of Hope Cancer Centre, and the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre are all receiving donations in his honor.
George Winston Career
At the start of his career, Winston played what he referred to as “folk piano,” however, in later years, at the peak of that musical trend, it was occasionally categorized as New Age music or even as classical, though he declined to accept any of those labels. His debut solo piano album, “Ballads and Blues,” appeared on the Folkways label in 1972. Still, it wasn’t until the release of the seasonally themed “Autumn” and “December” in 1980 and 1982, respectively, that he became well-known.
Reps claim that he eventually sold more than 15 million records. Winston received a Grammy nomination for “Forest” and received a total of five further nominations. In May 2022, RCA Records released “Night,” his 16th and last album.
Winston’s Best Selling
Due to its designation as a Christmas album and triple-platinum certification in the US, “December” was his best-selling record. It was one of the albums that helped the Windham Hill label get off the ground. ‘Autumn’ and ‘Winter Into Spring’ were two of his other platinum-selling albums from the early 1980s. Three additional of his albums, ‘Summer,’ ‘Forest,’ and a tribute album, ‘Linus and Lucy: The Music of Vince Guaraldi.’ ‘Linus and Lucy: The Music of Vince Guaraldi’ went gold.
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Winston had interests outside of just the piano; he also made recordings on the acoustic guitar and harmonica. In reality, he started his record label, Dancing Cat Records, to release music of Hawaiian slack-key guitar.
Winston honed his folk-piano approach while selling 15 million CDs, and in 1996, his seventh album, “Forest,” earned him the New Age Grammy. Throughout his career, which began with Ballads and Blues 1972, his first solo piano album, he got five further Grammy nominations.
Sincere condolences to the family. We mourn the passing at age 73 of Grammy-winning New Age pianist George Winston with great sadness. Let us know your thoughts in the comments.