Jesse Winchester

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Legal name: James Ridout Winchester


James Ridout "Jesse" Winchester (May 17, 1944 – April 11, 2014) was an American musician and songwriter who was born and raised in the southern United States. Opposed to the Vietnam War, he moved to Canada in 1967, where he began his career as a solo artist. His highest charting recordings were of his own tunes, "Yankee Lady" in 1970 and "Say What" in 1981. He became a Canadian citizen in 1973, gained amnesty in the U.S. in 1977 and resettled there in 2002.

Winchester was probably best known as a songwriter, with his works being recorded by many notable artists, including Patti Page, Elvis Costello, Jimmy Buffett, Joan Baez, Anne Murray, Reba McEntire, The Everly Brothers and Emmylou Harris. A number of these recordings have had success on various charts.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1970 Jesse Winchester 1
1972 Third Down, 110 to Go 2
1974 Learn to Love It 1
1976 Let the Rough Side Drag 1
1977 Nothing but a Breeze 1
1978 A Touch on the Rainy Side 1
1981 Talk Memphis 1
1988 Humor Me 3
1999 Gentleman of Leisure 1
2009 Love Filling Station 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1989 The Best of 2
2000 Anthology 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1977 Live at The Bijou Cafe 2
2001 Live From Mountain Stage 1

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