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They Only Come Out at Night is the debut studio album by American rock band The Edgar Winter Group, released in November 1972 by Epic Records.[3][4] A commercial success, the album reached #3 on the US Billboard 200 chart and features the band's signature songs, "Frankenstein" and "Free Ride". The album was certified gold on April 30, 1973, and platinum on November 21, 1986, by the RIAA. The single "Frankenstein" was certified gold June 19, 1973, by the RIAA.[5] In Canada, the album reached #4 on 2 separate occasions - May 5 and June 16, totaling 14 weeks in the top 10.[6][7] The third single, "Hangin' Around", reached #39 in the singles chart.[8]


Recording for the first time as The Edgar Winter Group, Winter assembled an all-star lineup which featured himself, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Dan Hartman, San Francisco guitarist Ronnie Montrose, and producer/guitarist Rick Derringer, with Eagles' producer Bill Szymczyk serving as technical director.[9]

Montrose had recently left Van Morrison's band and didn't view himself as a rock guitarist when he joined The Edgar Winter Group. "(Winter) so much wanted to do that whole rock thing that he encouraged me," said the guitarist. "I was in the Edgar Winter Group, and I had better start delivering this heavy guitar music. Now. Because I hadn't done that before."[9]

Only twenty-one years old when the album was recorded, Hartman was a child prodigy who had played with Winter's brother Johnny in the past. Hartman wrote or co-wrote six of the album's ten tracks while also contributing vocals, electric and acoustic guitar, ukulele, bass, maracas, and percussion. "Dan was a true genius and a musical visionary", said Winter. "The group would never have been the same without Dan."[9]

"Free Ride" was chosen by Winter as the album's first single. Though it fared poorly initially, it became a hit after the followup single "Frankenstein" went to #1 on the singles chart. Hartman had written "Free Ride" before joining Winter's band, and it is Hartman who plays the song's signature opening guitar chords. "I've never heard anybody play it with exactly the same feel as Dan", Winter has said. Two guitar solos are played simultaneously by Montrose on the song in an attempt to get an Eric Clapton feel.[9]

The main riff of "Frankenstein" originated when Winter was playing with his brother Johnny in the late 1960s, and the song developed as a live staple. "I wanted an instrumental that I could use as a showcase. I thought of myself as an instrumentalist, not as a singer", Winter said. From that riff, the song developed into a jam in which Winter improvised a dual drum solo with drummer Red Turner. The song was played live many times before Winter ever considered recording it. "We played that song all over the world and then completely forgot about it. I didn't think of it for years", he said. Initially known simply as "The Instrumental", the band warmed up each day in the studio by playing the song. During the album sessions, it was producer Rick Derringer who convinced Winter to try to turn it into "something that would be usable" for inclusion on the album. Winter recalls that editing the song in the studio was a chore, with audiotape "lying all over the control room". "(It was) draped over the backs of chairs and overflowing the console and the couch. And we were trying to figure out how to put it all back together." The song obtained its title during recording when drummer Chuck Ruff heard a rough mix and said "Wow, man, it's like Frankenstein." "As soon as I heard 'Frankenstein', the monster was born", Winter recalled.[9]

Track listing

  • The lengths of "Alta Mira" and "Free Ride" were likely swapped by mistake, as each track plays at the length that is printed beside the other.
Side one
1."Hangin' Around"Edgar Winter, Dan Hartman3:02
2."When It Comes"E. Winter, Hartman3:16
3."Alta Mira"E. Winter, Hartman3:08
4."Free Ride"Hartman3:20
5."Undercover Man"E. Winter3:49
Side two
6."Round & Round"E. Winter4:00
7."Rock 'n' Roll Boogie Woogie Blues"E. Winter, Barbara Winter, Ronnie Montrose3:25
9."We All Had a Real Good Time"E. Winter, Hartman3:05
10."Frankenstein"E. Winter4:44
Total length:34:47


The Edgar Winter Group

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Technical personnel


RegionCertificationCertified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[10]2× Platinum200,000^
United States (RIAA)[11]2× Platinum2,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.



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Edgar Holland Winter[3] (born December 28, 1946)[4] is an American multi-instrumentalist,[5] working as a vocalist along with playing keyboards, saxophone, and percussion.[6] His success peaked in the 1970s with his band the Edgar Winter Group and their popular songs "Frankenstein" and "Free Ride".[7] He is the brother of late blues singer and guitarist Johnny Winter.

Early life

Winter was born to John Winter II and Edwina Winter on December 28, 1946, in Beaumont, Texas.[8] Both he and his older brother Johnny were born with albinism.[9] By the time he left the family home, Winter had mastered numerous instruments and reading and writing music.[10]


The Edgar Winter Group, Oct.1, 1975- L to R: Chuck Ruff, Rick Derringer, Dan Hartman, Edgar Winter.

Winter composed and performed songs of numerous genres, including rock, jazz, blues, and pop.[10] His critically acclaimed[10] 1970 debut release, Entrance,[8] was first to demonstrate his unique style of genre-blending musicianship. His early recording of "Tobacco Road" gained attention. Edgar followed Entrance with two hit albums backed by his group White Trash, a group originally composed of musicians from Texas and Louisiana. White Trash, with Winter and Jerry Lacroix both on lead vocals and sax,[11] released the studio album Edgar Winter's White Trash,[12] in 1971. It reached #111 on the charts,[13] and 1972's follow-up album (partially recorded at New York's Apollo Theater) Roadwork achieved gold status.[8]

In late 1972, Winter brought together Dan Hartman, Ronnie Montrose and Chuck Ruff to form The Edgar Winter Group,[8] who created such hits as the number one "Frankenstein"[14] and "Free Ride" (with lead vocals by its writer Hartman).[15] Released in November 1972, They Only Come Out at Night,[8] peaked at the number 3 position on the Billboard Hot 200[13] and stayed on the charts for 80 weeks. It was certified gold in April 1973 by the RIAA,[16] and double platinum in November 1986.[17]

Winter invented the keyboard body strap[3] early in his career, an innovation that allows him the freedom to move around on stage during his multi-instrument high-energy performances.[10]

After They Only Come Out at Night, Winter released Shock Treatment, featuring guitarist Rick Derringer in place of Ronnie Montrose.[18] That album contained Winter's third and final Top 40 single "River's Risin'",[13] again sung by Hartman.[19] Later albums included Jasmine Nightdreams, The Edgar Winter Group with Rick Derringer, Together: Edgar Winter and Johnny Winter Live, Recycled, a reunion with White Trash, Standing on Rock, Mission Earth, Live in Japan, Not a Kid Anymore, The Real Deal, Winter Blues and Rebel Road.[20]

Winter also kept busy doing session work, playing saxophone on Meat Loaf's "All Revved Up with No Place to Go",[21] Dan Hartman's solo hit "Instant Replay",[22] Tina Turner's "Simply the Best"[23] and David Lee Roth's remake of "Just a Gigolo",[24] as well as appearing on material by Rick Derringer,[25] Johnny Winter,[26] Ronnie Montrose,[27] Todd Rundgren,[28] Michael McDonald[29] and many others.

Major national television and radio campaigns have used Winter's music to advertise their products.[30] Winter has also made frequent television appearances, both to promote his music and to give his opinions, on shows such as Politically Incorrect.[31] Winter also starred with George Hamilton in a commercial for Miller Lite beer.[32] He appeared in the film Netherworld[33] and the TV shows The Cape,[10] Mysterious Ways,[34] Late Show with David Letterman,[35] and Jimmy Kimmel Live!.[36]

Edgar Winter with Ringo Starr in 2011

Winter's music has been used in many film and television projects, including Netherworld, Air America, Dazed and Confused, My Cousin Vinny, Encino Man, Son in Law, What's Love Got to Do with It, Wayne's World 2, Starkid, Wag the Dog, Knockabout Guys, Duets, Radio, The Simpsons, Queer as Folk, and Tupac: Resurrection.[33] Tupac: Resurrection, a biography of rapper Tupac Shakur, produced and co-written by Eminem,[37] sampled Winter's song "Dying to Live" as "Runnin' (Dying to Live),"[38] incorporting vocals by the Notorious B.I.G., Tupac, and Winter himself. "Runnin'" peaked at number 5 on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop Singles Sales chart and the soundtrack was #1 for 8 consecutive weeks.[39] Blues performer Jonny Lang also covered "Dying to Live"[40] around this time. Winter performed the song solo at the piano on Jimmy Kimmel Live![citation needed]

Winter's 2003 CD and DVD titled Live at the Galaxy was recorded live at the Galaxy Theatre for Classic Pictures.[41] It features the songs, "Keep Playing That Rock and Roll", "Turn on Your Love Light", "Free Ride", "Texas", "Show Your Love", "New Orleans", "Frankenstein" and "Tobacco Road".[42] In addition, the DVD includes a 30-minute documentary, Edgar Winter: The Man and His Music.[18]

Winter also played with Ringo Starr in the ninth (2006), tenth (2008), eleventh (2010-2011) and fifteenth (2022-) iterations of his All-Starr Band.[43] The band's 2010–11 tour featured the reunion of Winter and Rick Derringer.[44] From August to early-September 2017, The Edgar Winter Band toured as the opening act for both Deep Purple and Alice Cooper as they performed several North American tour dates as part of The Long Goodbye Tour.[45]

In 2017, Cherry Red released a four-CD remastered compilation of all of the Edgar Winter solo albums from 1970 until 1980, entitled Tell Me in a Whisper: The Solo Albums 1970 - 1980.[46] In 2018, Cherry Red also released a remastered six-CD compilation of the Edgar Winter: White Trash Band and the Edgar Winter Band albums entitled I've Got News for You: Featuring the Edgar Winter Group & Edgar Winter's White Trash 1971 - 1977.[47]

Mission Earth

Winter also produced, arranged, and performed on the 1986 album Mission Earth.[48] This album's lyrics and music were written by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.[49] Hubbard is said to have left detailed instructions and audio tapes for the musicians and producers to follow when making the album.[50] Winter described Mission Earth as "both a return to rock's primal roots and yet highly experimental." Winter wrote, "Ron's technical insight of the recording process was outstanding."[51] Winter also described Hubbard's delineation of counter-rhythm in rock as something "which was nothing short of phenomenal, particularly in as much as it had then been entirely unexplored and only later heard in the African-based rhythms of Paul Simon's work, some five years after Ron's analysis."[34]

Personal life

Winter and his wife, Monique,[52] live in Beverly Hills, California.[10] The couple have no children.[4] Winter stated in an interview: "I can see how that would be a wonderful rewarding thing, but I think there are enough people in the world" and that "it might have been more problematical if I had children with a career and all of it. I tour all the time. If I were to have children, I would want to be home all the time."[53]


Winter in 2006

Solo albums

YearNameUS Top 200
1975Jasmine Nightdreams69
1979The Edgar Winter Album
1981Standing on Rock
1986Mission Earth
1994Not a Kid Anymore
1996The Real Deal
1999Winter Blues
2003 Live at the Galaxy
2004Jazzin' the Blues
2008Rebel Road
2022Brother Johnny
"–" denotes releases that did not chart.

Edgar Winter's White Trash albums

YearNamePeak chart positionsNotes
US Top 200
Can Top 100
1971Edgar Winter's White Trash11182
"–" denotes releases that did not chart.

Edgar Winter Group albums

YearNamePeak chart positionsNotes
US Top 200
Can Top 100
1972They Only Come Out at Night3284
1974Shock Treatment139
  • US: Gold[55] #69 Can Year End
1975The Edgar Winter Group with Rick Derringer124
2018I've Got News for You, 1971–19776 cd compilation set
"–" denotes releases that did not chart.

Edgar Winter Compilation albums

YearNamePeak chart positionsNotes
US Top 200
Can Top 100
1996People Music
2002The Best of Edgar Winter
2014The Essential Edgar Winter

Albums with other artists

YearNameUS Top 200
1976Together with Johnny Winter89
1990Edgar Winter & Rick Derringer Live in Japan
2007Edgar, Johnny Winter & Rick Derringer (live)
2010An Odd Couple - with Steve Lukather (live)
"–" denotes releases that did not chart.


YearSinglePeak chart positionsCertificationAlbum
1970"Tobacco Road"Entrance
1971"Where Would I Be"128Edgar Winter's White Trash
"Give It Everything You Got"
"Keep Playin' That Rock 'n' Roll"7051
1972"I Can't Turn You Loose"81Roadwork
"Round & Round"108*They Only Come Out at Night
"Free Ride"14848
"Hangin' Around"6539
"We All Had a Real Good Time "
1974"River's Risin'"3361Shock Treatment
"Easy Street"8379
"Someone Take My Heart Away"
1975"One Day Tomorrow"Jasmine Nightdreams
"Little Brother"
"I Always Wanted You"129*
"People Music"The Edgar Winter Group with Rick Derringer
1976"Diamond Eyes"
"Let The Good Times Roll"Together
1977"Stickin' It Out"Recycled
1979"Above & Beyond"The Edgar Winter Album
"It's Your Life to Live"
1981"Love Is Everywhere"Standing on Rock
1983"Frankenstein 1984"[59]Single only
1989"Cry Out"[60]Mission Earth
2000"Texas"[61]Winter Blues
"–" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

"Above & Beyond" reached 94 on the US Dance chart in 1979.
US Charts are Billboard unless otherwise noted. * Record World Singles Chart.[62]




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