(born James William Buffett on December 25 1946 in
Pascagoula, Mississippi) is a singer, songwriter, and
recently a film producer best known for his "island
escapism" lifestyle and music including hits such as "Margaritaville"
(No. 234 on the list of 'Songs of the Century'), and "Come
Monday." He has a devoted base of fans known as "Parrotheads".
His band is known as the Coral Reefer Band.
of James Delaney "J.D." Buffett Jr. and Mary Loraine "Peets"
Buffett, Buffett grew up along the eastern shore of Mobile
He attended high school at McGill Institute for Boys (now
McGill-Toolen Catholic High School) in Mobile, Alabama. He
began playing guitar during his college years at
University and University of Southern Mississippi in
Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where he received a bachelor's
degree in history in 1969. Although a pledge of Sigma Pi (ΣΠ)
at Auburn, he was initiated into the fraternity Kappa Sigma
(ΚΣ) at the University of Southern Mississippi. He later
married his first wife, Margie Washichek, at
Hill College in Mobile. After graduating from college,
Buffett worked as a correspondent for Billboard magazine in
began his official musical career in
during the late 1960s as a country artist and recorded his
first album, Down to Earth,
in 1970. During this time Buffett could be frequently found
busking for the tourists in
In fact it was Jerry Jeff Walker who took him to
on a busking expedition. He then moved to
Key West and began establishing the easy-going beach bum persona
for which he is known.
Buffett's third album was A White Sport Coat and a Pink
Crustacean. Havana Daydreamin' appeared in 1976,
followed by 1977's Changes in Latitudes, Changes in
Attitudes, which featured the breakthrough hit song "Margaritaville".
the 1980s Buffett made far more money off his tours than
albums and became known as a popular concert draw. He
released a series of albums during the following twenty
years, primarily to his devoted audience, and also branched
into writing and merchandising. In 1985, Buffett opened the
first of the "Margaritaville" restaurants in Key West,
bringing new visibility and life to the Margaritaville name.
the more unusual albums were
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").
1997, Buffett collaborated with novelist Herman Wouk to
create a short-lived musical based on Wouk's novel, Don't
Stop the Carnival. Broadway showed little interest for
the play, so it was instead run for six weeks in Miami. He
released the soundtrack for the musical in 1998.
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.
Buffett's most recent album, 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.
continues to tour throughout the year although recently he
has shifted to a more relaxed schedule of ~20-30 dates, and
never on back to back nights. In fact, he tries to play only
on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Ticket purchasing is
becoming harder and harder each year. All of his concerts
sell out in a matter of minutes.
co-owns the Margaritaville and Cheeseburger In
Paradise restaurants (the latter of which is a part of
the Outback Steakhouse family of restaurants). He loves
baseball and was part-owner of two minor league teams: the
Fort Myers Miracle and the Madison Black Wolf. Between his
restaurants, album sales, and tours, he earns an estimated
$60-70 million dollars a year.
2006, Buffett plans a cooperative project allegedly with
Anheuser-Busch to produce his own beer called Lone Palm.
Lone Palm was also the title of a song from his 1994
album Fruitcakes. The label of the beer bottle will
most likely feature a pirate's map. The seaplane airport at
the Orlando Margaritaville restaurant is also called Lone
has written 3 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 No. 1 on the New York Times Bestseller
non-fiction list, making him one of seven authors in that
list's history to have reached No. 1 on both the fiction and
non-fiction lists. The other six authors who have
accomplished this are Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck,
William Styron, Irving Wallace, Dr. Seuss and Mitch Albom.
He also co-wrote two children's books, Jolly Mon and
Trouble Dolls, with his eldest daughter, Savannah
latest book, A Salty Piece of Land, was released on
November 30, 2004, and included a CD single of the same
title. The book was a New York times best seller soon after
While he was at Auburn University Jimmy Buffett
was a pledge of Sigma Pi Fraternity, but left
before he was initiated.
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 Club.
He is friends with legendary investor Warren
Buffett and they suspect that they are distant cousins,
but they have not been able to document this. (Wall Street
Buffett appears on a Phish tribute album called
Sharin in the Groove, where he performed the band's
"Gumbo" (which references a gun-slinging parrot) with
Chicago, Illinois. He also performed
Brown Eyed Girl in concert with Phish in 1995.
Buffett has had cameos in several movies,
including Repo Man as "Additional Blond Agent",
as a pilot, a pirate in Hook and in a cameo in
Cobb. Additionally, he and his music appear in the
2006 release Hoot.
Buffett appeared in the
May 13, 1978, episode of Saturday Night Live. He also wrote
and performed the theme song to the short-lived 1993 CBS
television series Johnny Bago.
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
Florida. Previously it could sometimes be seen on the ramp
at Princess Juliana International Airport (IATA identifier
SXM, ICAO identifier TNCM) in nearby
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's company has since licensed use of the name
Margaritaville to several restaurants in
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 on the
of Sardinia. 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."
23, 2004, Buffett raised USD$3.4 million at his "Surviving
the Storm" Hurricane Relief Concert in Orlando, Florida to
provide relief for hurricane victims in
Alabama and the Caribbean affected by the four major
hurricanes that year. He has donated $500,000 to Hurricane
Katrina relief so far.
Buffett wrote the sound-track for, co-produced
and acted in the film version of Hoot (film) which focuses
on issues important to him, such as conservation.
4, 2001, he was ejected from a Miami Heat/New York Knicks
game for yelling profanities at referee
Buffett is a brother of the Kappa Sigma
Buffett sang for President Bill Clinton on the
White House south lawn for his birthday in the year 2000.
Buffett owns a superyacht that goes by the name
"The Last Coconut", with it he frequents the
of Nantucket, off the coast of Massachussets.
Buffett is mentioned in The Offspring song Mota
as one of the things the singer finds more enjoyable while
Former members of Buffett's Coral Reefer Band
include saxophonist Amy Lee.
In September of 2005, Buffett became the first
musician to stage a concert at Wrigley Field in
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