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Grammy-winning New Age pianist George Winston dies at 73 after 10-year battle with cancer

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WASHINGTON: Grammy-winning New Age pianist George Winston died on Sunday at the age of 73, Variety reported. According to a statement on his website, he was battling cancer for the past ten years. The announcement came through their Twitter handle and website and said, “We are deeply saddened to share the news that George Winston has passed away after a 10-year battle with cancer. George passed away peacefully and painlessly in his sleep on Sunday, June 4, 2023. . Read the full message here.

Winston began his career playing “folk piano”, although in later years it was sometimes classified as part of the New Age style at the peak of that instrumental movement, or even as classical. C, although he refused to accept any of these. label His first solo piano album, “Ballads and Blues,” was released on the Folkways label in 1972, but he didn’t become a household name until the seasonally themed “Autumn” and “December” were released in 1980 and 1982, respectively.

According to representatives, he sold more than 15 million albums. Winston received a Grammy nomination for “Forest” and was nominated five more times. “Night”, his 16th and final album, was released in May 2022 by RCA Records.

Winston is survived by a sister, niece and nephew. A private memorial will be held, the family said. Donations in her memory are being made to Feeding America, City of Hope Cancer Center, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, according to Variety.

‘December’ was her best-selling album, due to its status as a Christmas album, and was certified triple-platinum in the United States. It was one of the releases that established the Wyndham Hill label. In the early 1980s, she had two more albums that went platinum, ‘Autumn’ and ‘Winter Into Spring’. His success continued into the 1990s, when three more of his albums, ‘Summer,’ ‘Forest’ and a tribute album, ‘Linus and Lucy: The Music of Vince Guaraldi’, went gold.

Winston’s interests extended beyond piano, as he also recorded acoustic guitar and harmonica. Originally, he founded his own label, Dancing Cat Records, to release albums primarily by Hawaiian slack-key guitar playing artists.

Winston has sold over 15 million albums while honing his folk-piano style, winning a New Age Grammy in 1996 for his seventh album ‘Forest’. He received five more Grammy nominations during his career, beginning with his first solo piano album, Ballads. and the blues 1972.

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