Jimmy Buffett

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In License to Chill, Buffett paired with several famous country music stars on the album's songs. Sales of the album were phenomenal and rekindled his popularity in the early 21st century.

Jimmy Buffett (born December 25 1946 in Pascagoula, Mississippi) is an American singer and songwriter, best known for his "island escapism" lifestyle and music including hits such as "Margaritaville (Songs of the Century #234)," and "Come Monday". He has a rabid, but genial, cult following known as "Parrotheads." They call the youngest members "Parakeets."



Buffett grew up in Mobile, Alabama, where he attended McGill-Toolen Catholic High School and first began playing guitar. He continued playing during his college years at Auburn University and the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where he received a bachelor's degree in journalism in 1969 (ΚΣ). Later that year, he married his first wife, Margie Washichek, at Spring Hill College in Mobile. Buffett began his official musical career in Nashville during the late 1960s as a country artist, and recorded his first album, Down to Earth in 1970. He then moved to Key West and began establishing the easy-going beach bum persona for which he is known.

Buffett's second album was A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean, now acclaimed as his best though it achieved only moderate sales. Havana Daydreamin' appeared in 1976, followed by 1977's Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes, which featured the breakthrough hit song, "Margaritaville".

During the 1980s, Buffett made far more money off his tours than albums, and he became known as a popular concert draw. He released a series of albums during the following twenty years, primarily to his devoted audience, as well as branching into writing and merchandising of various kinds. Two of the more unusual albums were Christmas Island, a collection of holiday songs and Parakeets, a collection of Buffett songs sung by children and containing "cleaned-up" lyrics (like "a cold root beer" instead of "a cold draft beer").

In 2003, he partnered in a partial duet with Alan Jackson for the country hit "It's Five O'clock Somewhere," a number one hit on the country charts but this song is not included on Buffet's next album License to Chill. License to Chill, released on July 13 2004, sold 238,600 copies in its first week of release according to Nielsen SoundScan. With this, Buffett topped the U.S. pop albums chart for the first time in his three-decade career making some longtime fans feel that Buffett has alienated them by abandoning his traditional "Gulf and Western" sound for a more commercial and thus mainstream act.

Buffett owns the "Margaritaville" and "Cheeseburger In Paradise" restaurants. He harbors a well-known love for baseball, and has been part-owner in two minor league teams: the Fort Myers Miracle and the Madison Black Wolf. He makes an estimated 30-40 million dollars a year between his restaurants, album sales, and tours.


Year Album/CD Record Label Description
1970Down To EarthBarnaby
1971High Cumberland JubileeBarnabyAcoustic
1973A White Sport Coat & A Pink CrustaceanDunhill
1974Living & Dying in 3/4 TimeDunhill
1975Rancho DeluxeUnited ArtistsMovie soundtrack
1976Havana Daydreamin'ABC
1977Changes in Latitudes, Changes in AttitudesABC
1978Son Of a Son Of a SailorABC
1978You Had To Be ThereMCALive recording
1981Coconut TelegraphMCA
1981Somewhere Over ChinaMCA
1983One Particular HarbourMCA
1984Riddles In The SandMCA
1985Last Mango in ParisMCA
1985Songs You Know By HeartMCAGreatest Hit(s)
1988Hot WaterMCA
1989Off To See The LizardMCA
1990Feeding FrenzyMCALive Recording
1992Boats, Beaches, Bars & BalladsMargaritaville/MCABox Set
1993Before The BeachMargaritaville/MCACompilation of Down to Earth & High Cumberland Jubilee
1993Margaritaville Cafe Late Night MenuCompilation of various artists including Jimmy Buffett
1995Margaritaville Cafe Late Night GumboCompilation of various artists including Jimmy Buffett
1995Barometer SoupMargaritaville/MCA
1996Banana WindMargaritaville/MCA
1996Christmas IslandMargaritaville/MCAChristmas Songs
1998BiloxiGreatest Hit(s)
1998Don't Stop The CarnivalMargaritaville/Island
1998American StorytellerLaserlight
1999Beach House on the MoonMargaritaville/Island
1999There's Nothing Soft About Hard TimesMadacy
1999Buffett Live - Tuesdays, Thursdays, SaturdaysMailboatLive recording
2002Far Side Of The WorldMailboat
2003Meet Me In Margaritaville: The Ultimate CollectionUTV/MCA/MailboatGreatest Hit(s)
2003Live in Auburn, WAMailboatLive recording
2003Live In Las Vegas, NVMailboatLive recording
2003Live In Mansfield, MAMailboatLive recording
2003Live In Cincinnati, OHMailboatLive recording
2004License to ChillMailboat


Buffett has written three No. 1 best sellers. Tales From Margaritaville and Where Is Joe Merchant? both spent over seven months on the New York Times Best Seller fiction list. His book, A Pirate Looks At Fifty, went straight to #1 on the New York Times Bestseller non-fiction list, making him the sixth author in that list's history to have reached #1 on both the fiction and non-fiction lists. The other five authors who have accomplished this are Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, William Styron, Irving Wallace and Dr. Seuss. He also co-wrote two children's books, Jolly Mon and Trouble Dolls with his eldest daughter, Savannah Jane Buffett.

His latest book titled A Salty Piece of Land was released on November 30, 2004, and included a CD single of the same title.


He is a regular visitor to the Caribbean island of Saint Barts and other islands where he gets inspiration for many of his songs and some of the characters in his books.

Buffett has been instrumental in the work of the Save the Manatee Foundation.

He is friends with legendary investor Warren Buffett and they suspect that they are distant cousins, but they haven't been able to document this. [Wall Street Journal, 5/2/2005]

Buffett made a cameo appearance in the movie Cobb. He made appearances in Repo Man as "Additional Blond Agent" and in Congo as a pilot.

An avid pilot, Jimmy Buffett owns several planes including a Grumman HU-16 "Albatross". The plane, named "Hemisphere Dancer", is currently parked next to his Margaritaville restaurant in Orlando, Florida. Previously it could sometimes be seen on the ramp at Princess Juliana International Airport (IATA indentifier SXM) in nearby Saint Maarten while he was in the area. This is the plane Buffett was flying during the incident recounted in the song "Jamaica Mistaica" on the album Banana Wind. While in Jamaica on January 16 1996, Buffett's plane was shot at by Jamaican police. The "Hemisphere Dancer" had been carrying Buffett, U2's Bono, and Island Records producer Chris Blackwell. Police suspected it was smuggling drugs. No one was hurt although there were a few bullet holes in the plane. Buffett now owns several restaurants in Jamaica, in Montego Bay, Ocho Rios and Negril, where the "Jamaica Mistaica" incident took place.

Buffett was hired to sing for Tyco CEO Dennis Kozlowski at a party in Sardinia, Italy. The local news showed a video of him singing at the extravagant Roman toga party. Horatio Sanz impersonated Buffett on SNL after the incident, alleging he "smoked dope with Hulk Hogan."

Buffett has been satirised by David Allen Coe in his protest song, "Jimmy Buffett Doesn't Live in Key West Anymore" or the "The Jimmy Buffett Song".[1] (http://david-alan-coe-lyrics.wonderlyrics.com/Jimmy-Buffett.html)

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