Singer-Songwriter Jesse Winchester Has Died

Singer-Songwriter Jesse Winchester Has Died

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A U.S.-born singer and songwriter who made his reputation in Canada during the Vietnam War has died in Charlottesville. Jesse Winchester was 69 when he passed away Friday at his home in the Greenbrier neighborhood. Winchester wrote songs that were covered by artists such as Jimmy Buffett, the Everly Brothers, Joan Baez, Patti Page, and Elvis Costello.  He was nominated for several Juno awards for songs he wrote during his time in Canada, and was a beneficiary of President Jimmy Carter’s 1977 amnesty for draft evaders who had left the U.S. Winchester also has a lifetime achievement award from ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. James Ridout Winchester was born in Louisiana, grew up in Mississippi and Tennesssee, then went to Williams College in New England, before he moved to Canada after he got a draft notice in 1967.


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