Jimmy Buffett

Singer / Songwriter
Date Of Birth:
25 December 1946
Date Of Death:
1 September 2023
skin cancer
Place Of Birth:
Pascagoula, Mississippi
Best Known As:
Singer of the pop hit "Margaritaville"
Jimmy Buffett's Caribbean-tinged single "Margaritaville" (1977) established him as a cheerful musical advocate for beaches, bars and laid-back living. Never exactly a dominant figure in pop music, Jimmy Buffett instead proved to be an enduring star in his own tropical niche, strumming wistful, boozy tunes about sailors, dreamers and lowlifes, with titles like "Weather is Here, Wish You Were Beautiful" and "Cheeseburger in Paradise." He and his Coral Reefer band toured regularly throughout the 1980s and 1990s and well into the 21st century, playing to crowds of devoted fans known as Parrotheads. (According to Buffett, the term originated as a cheerful takeoff on “Deadheads,” the name given to fans of The Grateful Dead.) Buffett released more than two dozen albums, including A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean (1973), Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes (1977), Son of a Son of a Sailor (1978), Boats, Beaches, Bars and Ballads (1994), License to Chill (2004) and Songs From St. Somewhere (2013). Jimmy Buffett also had success as a writer of books, among them the memoir A Pirate Looks at Fifty (1998), the short story collection Tales From Margaritaville (1989) and the whimsical novels Where Is Joe Merchant? (1992) and Swine Not? (2008). Buffett died in 2023. After his death, a statement on his official website said that he "had been fighting Merkel Cell Skin Cancer for four years. He continued to perform during treatment, playing his last show, a surprise appearance in Rhode Island, in early July."
Extra Credit:

Jimmy Buffett owned a chain of Margaritaville Cafes; in 2016, the chain said it had 30 locations in places like Syracuse, Las Vegas and the Bahamas. He also opened separate Landshark Bar & Grill and Cheeseburger in Paradise restaurant chains… Jimmy Buffet’s duet with Alan Jackson, “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere,” hit #1 on the country music charts and won “Vocal Event of the Year” at the 2003 Country Music Awards… Jimmy Buffett earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Southern Mississippi University… He married the former Margie Washichek in 1969; the couple split two years later. He married his second wife, the former Jane Slagsvol, in 1977.

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