Jesse Winchester

American-Canadian singer-songwriter, producer

James Ridout Winchester (May 17, 1944 – April 11, 2014)[1] known as Jesse Winchester, was an American musician and songwriter. He was known for being a Vietnam War activist. To avoid going to the war, he moved to Canada.[2] He became a Canadian citizen in 1973, gained amnesty in the U.S. in 1977 and resettled there in the U.S. in 2002.

Jesse Winchester
Jesse Winchester Smile JazzFest 2011.jpg
Winchester in 2011
Background information
Birth nameJames Ridout Winchester
Born(1944-05-17)May 17, 1944
Bossier City, Louisiana, United States
OriginMemphis, Tennessee
DiedApril 11, 2014(2014-04-11) (aged 69)
Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
GenresCountry, country rock, folk
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, producer
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, keyboards
Years activec.1961–2014
LabelsAppleseed, Bearsville, Stony Plain, Ampex, Victor, Sugar Hill, Great Big Island, Wounded Bird, Blue Plate

He recorded many songs with many musical artists. Some of them included Patti Page, Elvis Costello, Jimmy Buffett, Joan Baez, Anne Murray, Reba McEntire, The Everly Brothers and Emmylou Harris.[3][4]

Winchester died at his home in Charlottesville, Virginia from bladder cancer, aged 69.[5][6]


  1. "January to June 2014". The Dead Rock Stars Club. Retrieved 2014-04-11.
  2. "Jesse Winchester: Still doing the Rhumba". Archived from the original on 2012-09-11. Retrieved 2012-08-24.
  3. "Jesse Winchester". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Archived from the original on 2011-06-08. Retrieved 2012-08-24.
  4. "CANOE - JAM! Music - Pop Encyclopedia - Winchester, Jesse". Retrieved 2012-08-24.
  5. Tearson, Michael (April 11, 2014). "Jesse Winchester Passes". Sing Out!. Archived from the original on April 13, 2014. Retrieved April 11, 2014.
  6. Mehr, Bob (April 11, 2014). "Memphis-bred songwriter Jesse Winchester dies". The Commercial Appeal. Archived from the original on June 28, 2014. Retrieved April 11, 2014.

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