Jesse Winchester

Jesse Winchester

born on 17/5/1944 in Bossier City, LA, United States

died on 11/4/2014 in Charlottesville, VA, United States

Jesse Winchester

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Jesse Winchester is the stage name of musician James Ridout Winchester (born May 17, 1944, in Bossier City, Louisiana)

Winchester was raised in northern Mississippi and the city of Memphis, Tennessee. He attended Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, graduating in 1966. Upon receiving his draft notice the following year, Winchester moved to Montreal, Quebec to avoid military service. He became a Canadian citizen in 1973.

Winchester had begun playing guitar in bands while still a high school student. He also played in Germany during college study abroad and after graduation. Upon arriving in Quebec in 1967, he joined a local band, the Astronautes. At this time, he also began writing songs that he performed as a solo artist in coffee houses throughout eastern Canada. Under the auspices of The Band's Robbie Robertson, Winchester began his recording career in 1970 with his self-titled album, released on the Ampex label.

Winchester released several additional albums during the '70s. But, due to his draft status, he was unable to tour in the United States until President Gerald Ford granted draft resisters conditional amnesty, later changed to unconditional amnesty in 1977 by President Jimmy Carter. As a result, he became recognized primarily as a prolific songwriter. His best known songs include "Yankee Lady", "The Brand New Tennessee Waltz", "Mississippi, You're on My Mind", and "Biloxi". These and others have been recorded by numerous artists including Patti Page, Elvis Costello, Jimmy Buffett, Joan Baez, Anne Murray and Reba McEntire.

In 2002, Winchester moved back to the United States and currently resides in Virginia. He continues to record and to perform throughout the United States and Canada.



Year Album Chart Positions
1970 Jesse Winchester 26
1972 Third Down, 110 to Go 34 193
1974 Learn to Love It
1976 Let the Rough Side Drag 210
1977 Nothing but a Breeze 115
Live at the Bijou Cafe
1978 A Touch on the Rainy Side 156
1981 Talk Memphis 188
1988 Humour Me
1989 The Best of Jesse Winchester
1999 Gentleman of Leisure
2001 Live From Mountain Stage
2005 Live
2009 Love Filling Station


Year Single Chart Positions Album
1970 "Yankee Lady" 20 8 Jesse Winchester
1973 "Isn't That So" 34 21 Third Down, 110 to Go
1976 "Let the Rough Side Drag" 42 Let the Rough Side Drag
1977 "Nothing but a Breeze" 72 86 Nothing but a Breeze
1978 "Sassy" 45 A Touch on the Rainy Side
1979 "A Touch on the Rainy Side" 42
1981 "Say What" 23 13 32 Talk Memphis
1989 "Want to Mean Something to You" 50 Humour Me
"Well-a-Wiggy" 68

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