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'Uncle' John Turner, blues drummer, 62

AUSTIN, Texas -- Blues drummer "Uncle" John Turner, who played with guitarist Johnny Winter, died Thursday of complications related to hepatitis C, said family friend Mark Murray. He was 62.

Mr. Turner performed at Woodstock in 1969 with Winter. Turner split with Winter in 1970 and joined Krackerjack, which featured the late Stevie Ray Vaughan on guitar.

Bass player Tommy Shannon gave Mr. Turner the nickname "Uncle" because of his willingness to drive his bandmates to gigs and take care of business affairs, said Murray, chief meteorologist at television station KVUE.

Mr. Turner played with artists including B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix, Freddie King, Muddy Waters, and Lightnin' Hopkins.

He grew up in Port Arthur, where he started his musical career on guitar before switching to bass. He began playing drums in a band called the Nightlights.

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