Jesse Winchester wrote songs for people like Elvis Costello, Jimmy Buffet, and Joan Baez. It was announced on Friday that he has passed away in his Charlottesville, Va home, at the age of 69 from bladder cancer.
He began writing songs when he moved to Canada in 1967 to avoid the war, but his songs never lost their touch of Southern reminiscence. In 2012, a tribute album was released titled “Quiet About It” in which his songs were covered by artists like Elvis Costello, Jimmy Buffett, James Taylor, Lyle Lovett, Emmylou Harris, Rosanne Cash, Lucinda Williams and Allen Toussaint.
In 2011 he found out that he had esophageal cancer and canceled his tour. After surgery, he was found to be cancer free. It didn’t last too long and in February of this year it reappeared in his bladder.
Written on his Facebook page was the sad news. “Friends, our sweet Jesse died peacefully in his sleep this morning,” the update says. “Bless his loving heart.”