HomeRockMilestones, Good and Bad, for the Winter Brothers Carl March 22, 2013 Rock This Day in Music notes that Dan Hartman died of a brain tumor on March 22, 1994. Hartman was a mainstay in both Winters’ careers and, among other things, wrote “Free Ride,” according to the item. TDIM also notes that Randy Hobbs, a bass player for Johnny Winter, was born on this day in 1948. He died in 1993. Above, Hartman plays bass on Frankenstein, a hit for Edgar Winter. Rick Derringer is the lead guitar player and Chuck Ruff is on drums. The people look dated, but the song still sounds great.