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Jesse Winchester 1944 - 2014
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September 17, 2014
what a grate loss with the passing of Jesse as i sit here listening to a reasonable amount of trouble I can see him dancing to don't be shy.when every jesse would come to santa cruz calf. my wife and I would buy ticket for both shows we loved him that much. we always left with a warm hart and a smile on our faces . the two people I loved and admired have gone to be with the LORD my loving wife on july 24 and Jesse on april 24th 2014 my tears still flow for both of them . but unless you are from another star tears are part of who we are.
August 20, 2014
We lost a great one. I emailed him several years back and he took the time to write me back. That is a STAR in my eyes. RIP xoxo
June 26, 2014
Last night, I went to Jessewinchester.com to look up the lyrics to a song. I have been an ardent fan of Jesse's for well over 30 years, yet somehow the news of him dying had not reached me. I feel absolutely bereft at seeing the note from his family that he died on April 11th, my 33rd wedding anniversary. My husband introduced me to Jesse's music when we were dating. Together, we must have seen Jesse in concert 25 times, at the Walnut Creek Coffeehouse, the Noe Valley Ministryin California, the Aladdin Theater in Portland, and Swallow Hill here in Denver, where we live now. His music is literally the soundtrack of my life, comforting me through the losses of family and providing me with joy every time I saw him perform or listened to him hit the high notes on the iPod. I never left a Jesse concert feeling anything less than love and joy. I guess it's time to pay the piper now for all that joy. This grief I feel is as if I had lost a member of my own family. I guess in a larger, cosmic sense, I have. I cannot imagine the feelings of loss that Cindy, Ellyn and Jesse's children are feeling, but I offer you my gratitude that I've been able to have my share of this extraordinary man's love through his music and performances.
April 27, 2014
I have been grieving for Jesse as though he were family.
He was family really, since his songs touched me so personally - singing along since 1970. His performances took us into the inner sanctum of the heart too.
His music will live a long long time.

I am forever grateful to Jesse, his dear Cindy and family.
With true love always,
JNH

PS I hope for a biography or documentary some day.
April 26, 2014
The first time I heard Jesse's beautiful voice was when my dear late hubby, Willie Dunn (who also passed away into the spirit world on August 5, 2014)gave me his album the first Xmas we dated. I have since then loved Jesse's gift of song and poetry. When he came to the Ottawa Folk Festival one summer, Willie said to Jesse (they were performers at the festival) "come with me, I want you to meet your biggest fan". Willie brought Jesse to me and introduced us. Rest in peace Jesse. Willie and you can now sing with the angels and show them how it is done.
April 26, 2014
A singularly astounding light in this world has gone out. It was, I imagine, a source of warmth and comfort for countless others who, in struggling through the dark themselves, often found solace and grace in his songs - songs which always somehow seemed to spring directly from the soul and heart of a man who knew exactly how to function as an imperfect human being. We'll all miss you, Jesse.
April 26, 2014
The world is a kinder, gentler, more loving place because of his beautiful soul. God's Blessings and comfort to your family and I pray for Faith, Trust and Perseverance for you all.
http://catherinemeyersartist.blogspot.ca/2014/04/a-gentleman-of-leisure.html
April 26, 2014
To Jesse's family. I hope you can still feel Jesse's warm presence and love from the "Far Side Bank of Jordan"
April 26, 2014
I've seen him six times the past few years; shared Jesse with my kids, my friends...his music not only fillled the void, but left my faded old heart overflowing with beautiful music, tender words and touching memories, both old and new...I wish I could exchange that gift for the grief of his passing, I wish I had words to spare the sadness that he is gone but I don't...I just hold onto knowing that Heaven is truly filled with more beautiful music than its ever known...I look forward to hearing it again someday. Blessings and prayers of peace for Ms.Cindy and all of Jesse's family....
April 22, 2014
My sympathy goes out to the family during your time of grief. May God's loving-kindness comfort you and help you through this difficult time. (Psalm 119:50,76)
April 21, 2014
Thank you for your wonderful words and voice. Yours were the tapes I played over and over on long road trips. Thank you for sharing and leading. Dottie Palmer, Santa, Idaho
April 20, 2014
Jesse Winchester was one of the first singer-songwriters I heard when I returned from Vietnam and his music helped re-anchor me. I was aware of his passage to Canada, yet I could hear something in his voice that told he wasn't afraid and that he wasn't running from anything. There are different kinds of warriors in this world and I beileve Jesse signed on to an Army of peacekeepers and I love him for that. And God could he write and sing. I was fortunate to meet him once. Well done, Jesse!
April 20, 2014
My heartfelt condolences to the family and close friends of Jesse Winchester. He will be remembered as a great song writer and singer for many years to come. "May The Lord of peace himself give you peace constantly in every way. May The Lord be with all of you."--Thessalonians 3:16.
April 19, 2014
Jesse's music is etched into my memory and continues to be a source of inspiration as I travel life's road. Thank you Jesse. Rest in peace! A. Stevens, Ohio
April 19, 2014
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. May God be with your family in grief.
April 18, 2014
April 18, 2014

My Tribute to Jesse Winchester, poet, Michael Lee Johnson:

My heart is broken with the loss of Jesse Winchester, singer, songwriter, poet, that I met years ago in Edmonton, Alberta Canada while he was living in Montreal, Quebec. We were both war resisters in exile. He became a star while in Canada and moved back to TN his original home. I loved his music, the heart of it, the sound, and poet in all of us.
God bless you Jesse, I hurt. Here is the good news, you are gone, but you left a legacy behind so I hope to do also.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QnE2aRS-cg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WrJKPDULHo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrDi2DyQPaU
April 17, 2014
May you draw close to God through prayer during this time of sadness, "Before him pour out your heart" God is a refuge for us. [Psalms 62:8]
April 17, 2014
Anyone and everyone who has ever heard or met Jesse was touched by his gentle, thoughtful, angelic being. I was so blessed to have met Jesse when he first arrived in Montreal. Jamming at the Yellow Door...I will never forget how this immense talent was always humble and giving. My sincere condolences to family. Can't stop tearing up.....
April 16, 2014
I had been thinking of Jesse and signing his song "That's What Makes You Strong." Then I heard the sad news. His music has been such an important part of my life. "Far Side Bank of Jordan" was played at my sisters Memorial Service. I will treasure his music forever. I so look forward to his upcoming album. I had the honor and privilege of hearing him play in Gainesville, FL some years ago. My sincere condolences go out to his family.
April 16, 2014
I first heard Jesse's Mississippi You're On My Mind" in 1981 when Cathy Barton sang it at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS. I learned it and sang it for 25 years before I met the man who wrote it. I am fortunate I got to interview him for WUFT before he performed at the Butterfly Festival in Gainesville, FL. I saw grown men cry during that concert. Such a sweet, talented soul! I made the interview music special available for folks to hear again at www.donnagreentownsend.com
April 15, 2014
To family & friends, Keep Your Eyes on the Prize! When eyes of blind ones see again And ears of deaf ones hear again, When deserts blossom as the rose And from parched ground fresh water flows, when lamb, ones leap just like the hart, When loved ones never have to part,when songs of children fill the air, when joy and peace are every where, Then, too, you'll see the dead arise, If you keep your eyes on the prize. 2Cor.4:18. Sorry for your loss.
April 15, 2014
My deep condolences to the family,

Soon God will bring about a wonderful change when death and all suffering will be no more.
April 15, 2014
Some songs are different. Some artists are special. For me it was when I first played Yankee Lady in May of 1970 that I felt Jesse had something to say. I was lucky enough to be in DC/Georgetown when Jesse played The Cellar Door after Jimmy Carter granted amnesty to all. A great homecoming for a great man. Although I was born and raised in another state, Mississippi You're On My Mind, takes me back to my days of youth and innocence. Thank you Jesse for bringing your gift my way over these many years. To his family, thank you for sharing this special man.
April 15, 2014
Oh how sad my husband and I were to hear of Jesse's passing. We met at a Jesse concert back in 2006. Without that concert, my husband and I may not have ever met. While we were never able to see him again, we have "Gentleman of Leisure" to lean on when we need to hear his sweet voice. I've played "I wave bye-bye" and "that's what makes you strong" at the bedsides of my mother, father, and aunt during their final hours. Thank you, Jesse, for so very much. May you rest in supreme peace. Blessings to the loved ones Jesse left behind.
April 15, 2014
Thanks for all the wonderful music, and as I've sung many times: I'm still doin' the Rhumba baby, I'm still the girl for you!
April 15, 2014
MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY AND PRAYERS TO THE FAMILIES
April 15, 2014
How lucky I was to see him in person just a few months ago in Sellersville. Rest in Peace Jessse
April 15, 2014
I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. "God is our refuge and strength..." (Psalms 46:1) May drawing close to him in prayer bring you peace during this time of sadness.
April 15, 2014
Sincere condolences to the family. May God comfort you during this difficult time. 2Cor 1:4
April 15, 2014
My condolences to the family, friends and fans. God assures us that if we draw close to him, he will draw close to us. May you find comfort in your precious memories.
April 15, 2014
So sorry to read about your loss....psalms 65:2 helped me when my dad passed
April 14, 2014
My wife and I used to go to see him play in Montreal in 1970. We had the pleasure of meeting him again in 2009 here on Vancouver Island. I still play some of his tunes and one of my sons does as well. So his legacy will carry on. He was a true gentleman and we will miss him, a very sad time.
RIP Jesse, I will remember you all the rest of my days.
April 14, 2014
After loving Jesse's music and especially his beautiful, beautiful voice for 40 years, I had the opportunity a few years ago to hear him perform live in a small venue, and to meet him afterward. What a sweet and gentle man! My heartfelt condolences to his family. This world is poorer for his loss, but the angels must surely be rejoicing to have him join their choir! Sing on, sweet angel, and may you rest in peace!
April 13, 2014
I can only say "me too" to all the previous comments. Have been a fan of Jesse for 40 years, and have had a heavy heart since hearing of his grave condition last weekend. Deepest sympathies to his family in the passing of this gracious and oh so talented gentle soul. RIP Rhumba Man!
April 13, 2014
My sympathy goes out to the family during your time of grief. May God's loving-kindness comfort you and help you through this difficult time. (Psalm 119:50,76)
April 13, 2014
Im with a community radio station in Nova Scotia. I have followed Jesse's career for 40 years. He was one of a select group of Americans who found refuge in Canada during the conflict in Vietnam. We embraced all of these young people, particularly Jesse Winchester. He left Canadians and Americans a musical legacy that we will cherish forever. RIP Jesse Winchester.
April 13, 2014
Thank you, Jesse.
April 13, 2014
MAY THE FAMILY FEEL GOD'S HOLY POWER IN YOUR HEALING PROCESS...MAY YOU BE REMINDED OF THE WONDERFUL TIMES THAT YOU'VE SHARED BECAUSE OF HIS LOVE....MNC
April 13, 2014
I was fortunate enough to meet Jesse on his way up to Canada from the US way back then. He was quiet, unassuming and great company, and I was not surprised that he went on to achieve a musical career that was an accurate reflection of his personality and his character. Our paths never crossed again ( although I followed his closely and kept up with his albums) until a few years back when he was playing in Toronto and I made a point of flying up to hear him. My wife and I ( she was my girlfriend back then in university when we met) were not disappointed. In fact, I was sufficiently in awe of Jesse and his talent, and he was preoccupied with other admirers, that I chose not to reintroduce myself and bother him. I regret thst now. He always struck me as the person who could accept a compliment humbly which only made him all the more deserving. The world has lost a wonderful person and great songwriter, but he has left an enduring legacy in his music. The angels could do no more. RIP Jesse and my heartfelt condolences to family and friends you have left behind. John Barritt, Bermuda.
April 13, 2014
I am sorry for your loss. I hope you can find comfort in the words written at (Jeremiah 29:11,12)
April 13, 2014
Since I heard about Jesse's passing two days ago, my spirit has been heavy, and my eyes well up with tears unexpectedly. I didn't know him personally, but I have loved his music since the first time I heard it, more than 40 years ago, and saw him perform many times. With very few words, he was able to express sincere emotion and his exquisite melodies sent that emotion straight to the heart. He was a man who lived his life with integrity and grace, and he was a hero to me for his unwavering ideals of peace and harmony. With the passing of this strong, sweet, gentle man, the loss is immense. His was a life well-lived indeed. My deepest sympathy goes out to his family and friends.
April 13, 2014
Everytime we listen to Jesse's music, it touches a heartstring and brings sweet memories of the times we saw him perform. He was so kind & gracious, a true Southern Gentlemen. God bless Jesse, he is resting now. Praying that his family is being lifted up with prayers & happy memories. He really seemed to have a life well-lived. Our love to Cindy and his family. Godspeed sweet man...

Having a "Little Glass of Wine" for Jesse & family...in Lakeland TN
April 13, 2014
Thank you, Jesse for your sweet touching gentle songs and most beautiful voice. I loved your humour, too. You touch my soul with your spirit filled songs.
To your family, thank you for sharing Jesse with us all. Love to you all duing your grieving of passing of your beautiful Jesse.
April 13, 2014
A light has gone out in this world, shinning bright in another I'm sure. What a poet, what a songwriter, what a "Showman" loved Jesse's music in college in the 70's and still listen and love it today. Rest in Peace.
April 13, 2014
I am sorry for your loss. I hope you can find comfort in the words written at (Jeremiah 29:11,12)
April 13, 2014
May God grant Mr. Winchester family and friends comfort during this time of sorrow the world of music has loss a wonderful artist RIP. Isiah 25:8
April 12, 2014
a couple of years back i found jesse's email on internetand sent him a short hello. He took the time to write me back. i was amazed. he was a superb musician and most definitely had class. what a great guy. RIP
April 12, 2014
NOW HE IS SINGING IN HEAVEN.
April 12, 2014
R I P
April 12, 2014
Boo to this news. Jesse Winchester brought us some great tunes.
April 12, 2014
Thank you for making my life better with your songs and sense of humor
April 12, 2014
A brave person who personified courage and grace. His music will live on forever.
April 12, 2014
Spent many good time singing along with my all time favorite JW song, "NOTHING BUT A BREEZE." In fact, my daughter grew up singing it to, and her daughters picked up on it, and so today, there is a little eight-year-old girl singing, "Life is too short for some folks, for other folks it just drags on." To be sure, this was not the case for Jesse Winchester, who gifted us all with his inspiring and intimate songs. To his family and close friends, my heartfelt sympathy. Godspeed, Jesse. Here's to a life well-lived. Thank you for sharing your gifts with all of us.
April 12, 2014
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
April 12, 2014
"Blow on chilly wind, I've got a real high collar..."
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