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Although mainstream success eluded him, singer/songwriter Jesse Winchester was loved and admired by a wide swath of A-list performers throughout his lifetime. His fans included such big name performers as Elvis Costello, Joan Baez and Jimmy Buffet, all of whom went on to record Winchester's songs, while Robbie Robertson of The Band helped launch Winchester's recording career in the early 1970s. Winchester wrote and recorded several hit songs during his career, among them "Mississippi, You're On My Mind," "Yankee Lady," and "Say What," but when he died from bladder cancer at the age of 69 in 2014, he was a largely obscure figure to the general public. Born in Louisiana and raised throughout the American South, Winchester excelled in high school, having been a National Honor Society Merit Finalist, before attending Williams College in Massachusetts. It was during this time that Winchester's interest in performing music live became a serious passion, and by the time he graduated from the college in 1966, Winchester was already performing in places as far away as Germany. His career was sidetracked, however, when in 1967 he abruptly relocated to Montreal, Canada to evade the Vietnam War draft....

Although mainstream success eluded him, singer/songwriter Jesse Winchester was loved and admired by a wide swath of A-list performers throughout his lifetime. His fans included such big name performers as Elvis Costello, Joan Baez and Jimmy Buffet, all of whom went on to record Winchester's songs, while Robbie Robertson of The Band helped launch Winchester's recording career in the early 1970s. Winchester wrote and recorded several hit songs during his career, among them "Mississippi, You're On My Mind," "Yankee Lady," and "Say What," but when he died from bladder cancer at the age of 69 in 2014, he was a largely obscure figure to the general public.

Born in Louisiana and raised throughout the American South, Winchester excelled in high school, having been a National Honor Society Merit Finalist, before attending Williams College in Massachusetts. It was during this time that Winchester's interest in performing music live became a serious passion, and by the time he graduated from the college in 1966, Winchester was already performing in places as far away as Germany. His career was sidetracked, however, when in 1967 he abruptly relocated to Montreal, Canada to evade the Vietnam War draft. Undeterred, Winchester began honing his craft in coffee houses in and around the Eastern Shore of Canada, and eventually found a fan in Robbie Robertson, best known as the creative force behind the world-renowned rock group The Band. With Robertson's help, Winchester released his self-titled debut in 1970, which made small waves on the mainstream circuit, but grew to be admired by various professional performers, among them Elvis Costello, Joan Baez, Jimmy Buffet, and several others. Unable to tour in the United States due to his draft evasion, Winchester became known as a respected songwriter, with Ronnie Hawkins, Baez, and Buffet being just a few of the artists that went on to cover his songs. Although he was admitted back into the U.S. in 1977, Winchester waited until 2002 to take up residence in America. He continued making music well into the 2000s, releasing his tenth studio album, Love Filling Station, in 2009. In April of 2014 it was revealed that Winchester was gravely ill and receiving hospice care at his home in Charlottesville, Virginia. He died on April 11, 2014 from bladder cancer at the age of 69, leaving behind a legacy that thrives in the hearts and minds of those that continue to listen to and perform his music.

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1970:
Released debut album, <i>Jesse Winchester</i>
1977:
Embarked on first U.S. tour
2014:
Released tenth studio album, <i>Love Filling Station</i>

Education

Williams College: - 1962 - 1966

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