Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Tagged: Jesse Winchester

Rhumba Man

Written and first recorded by Jesse Winchester (1977).
Hit version by Nicolette Larson (US #48 1979).
Also recorded by Little Feat (2011).

From the wiki: “‘Rhumba Man’ was written and first recorded by Jesse Winchester for his 1977 album Nothing But the Breeze. It was later covered, in 1979, by Nicollete Larson for her debut album Nicolette (backed in the studio by Little Feat, who would record their own version in 2011 for the Jesse Winchester tribute album Quiet About It).”

Third Rate Romance

First recorded by Jesse Winchester (1974).
Hit versions by The Amazing Rhythm Aces (US #14/C&W #1/CAN #1 1975), Sammy Kershaw (US #105/C&W #2 1994).

From the wiki: “American expatriate Jesse Winchester was known principally as a songwriter (‘Yankee Lady’, ‘New Tennessee Waltz’). His draft resister status meant he was unable to tour in the US from 1967-1977, and it was while working in Montreal, Canada, in 1972, Winchester formed his band Jesse Winchester and The Rhythm Aces.

“In 1974, Russell Smith was recruited to join the Rhythm Aces, traveling to Montreal to assist in the recording of Winchester’s Learn to Love It album at Studio Six. Two of the songs on that album were Smith’s, including ‘Third Rate Romance’. Later, Smith and two of Winchester’s sidemen, Jeff Davis and David McDade, would branch out to form The Amazing Rhythm Aces.