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Singer whose songs were covered by Jimmy Buffet and Joan Baez dies at 69

Jesse Winchester, a U.S.-born singer who established himself in Montreal after dodging the Vietnam War and went on to write songs covered by the likes of Elvis Costello, Jimmy Buffett and Joan Baez has died of cancer. He was 69.His death was announced on his official Facebook page Friday."Friends, our sweet Jesse died peacefully in his sleep this morning," the update reads. "Bless his loving heart."Winchester was born in Louisiana and raised around the U.S. South, but he didn't begin his music career in earnest until moving to Quebec in 1967. There, he began performing solo in coffee houses around Montreal and the Canadian East Coast.Winchester was a protege of the Band's Robbie Robertson, who produced and played guitar on Winchester's self-titled debut album and brought Band-mate Levon Helm along to play drums and mandolin.Winchester's second album, 1972's "Third Down, 110 to Go" featured tracks produced by Todd Rundgren. He continued to release material at a steady clip until 1981's ...

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