Jesse Winchester

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Jesse Winchester
Winchester in 2011
Background information
Birth name James Ridout Winchester
Born (1944-05-17)May 17, 1944
Bossier City, Louisiana, United States
Origin Memphis, Tennessee
Died April 11, 2014(2014-04-11) (aged 69)
Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
Genres Country, country rock, folk
Occupations Musician, songwriter, producer
Instruments Vocals, guitar, keyboards
Years active c.1961–2014
Labels Appleseed, Bearsville, Stony Plain, Ampex, Victor, Sugar Hill, Great Big Island, Wounded Bird, Blue Plate
Website jessewinchester.com

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.

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]

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