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Jimmy Buffett

Jimmy Buffett

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birthday
25th
December, 1946
Birth Sign
capricorn
Biography

Fast Facts About Jimmy Buffet

  • Jimmy Buffet is one of the world’s richest musicians. His net worth is approximately $600 million. His wealth has come from more than just music, though – he’s also a highly successful fiction writer, the co-composer of several musicals, and a real estate and restaurant industry mogul.
  • His full name is James William Buffett.
  • Jimmy Buffet’s birthday is Christmas Day. He was born on December 25th, 1946, which makes him 74 years old.
  • Buffett is 5’ 6”.
  • Before becoming a world-famous singer-songwriter, Buffett played the trombone in grade school in Alabama.
  • Although he went to St. Ignatius School in Alabama as a child, Buffett was actually born in Mississippi. 
  • Buffett’s fans are known as “The Parrotheads.” Inspired by Jimmy’s tropical style of music, many fans of the musician don parrot hats and floral shirts for his concerts.
  • In addition to writing numerous novels and a memoir, Buffett has also co-authored children’s books with his daughter Savannah. 
  • Buffett has been married multiple times. He married his first wife, Margie, in 1969, but the couple split two years later. He married his current wife, Jane, shortly after, and the couple has two daughters and an adopted son.
instruments played
Guitar
ukulele
Vocals
Associated Acts

Alan Jackson Glenn Frey Jerry Jeff Walker The Neville Brothers James Taylor Eagles Steve Goodman Mark Knopfler Zac Brown Band Kenny Chesney Roy Orbison

Birth Name

James William Buffett

Genres

Gulf and Western country country rock folk rock trop rock calypso easy listening pop

Labels

Barnaby ABC Dunhill MCA Margaritaville Island Def Jam PolyGram Mailboat Atlantic RCA

Occupations

Singer-songwriter musician author actor businessman

Origin

Mobile, Alabama, U.S.

Years Active

1964 present

Name

Jimmy Buffett

Nationality

United States of America

Jimmy Buffet: The Bio 

Jimmy Buffett spent his childhood in Alabama, where he lived with his parents, James and Mary. He spent a large portion of his younger years sailing with his grandfather, and his time on the water went on to play a key role in the formation of his musical style and his nautically-inspired persona.  While a student at Auburn University, Buffett started playing guitar. He graduated from college in 1969 and went on to work for Billboard Magazine as a correspondent. His time with Billboard was his first foray into the music industry, but it wasn’t long before he became a widely-known musician. During the early 70s, Buffett was an avid busker, performing on the street for tourists in New Orleans, and eventually in Key West, which became his home in 1971. He released his first album, Down to Earth, in 1970, but the album sold minimal copies and is not considered to be part of Buffett’s official discography.

Early Work 

It wasn’t until the release of his first major-label record, A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean, that Buffett began to solidify his sound and image. At the time of the album’s release, Buffett was living in Key West, and the album draws inspiration from the carefree lifestyle that he lived on the Florida beaches.  Buffett often refers to A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean as his first album, and with good reason. The record sent him to new heights of success and stardom, with many critics and music historians still describing it as his best work to this day. Shortly after the release of A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean, Buffett put out one of his most successful records, 1974’s Living and Dying in ¾ Time. This LP features “Come Monday,” which is one of Buffett’s best-known songs and was his first track to reach the top 40.  Living and Dying in ¾ Time was Buffett’s first record to hit the Billboard 200 album chart. Many critics described the album as “easy listening,” especially due to the sound of the album’s singles, “Come Monday,” “Pencil Thin Mustache,” and “Saxophones.”

Rising to Stardom 

In 1976, Buffett released Havana Daydreamin’, the most commercially successful album of his career. The record reached no. 65 on the Billboard 200 album chart, the highest placement that Buffett had achieved at the time. The album received positive reviews from critics, who acknowledged that, with his sixth studio album, Buffett was carving out a niche for himself in the worlds of country and pop. A year later, Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes, Buffett’s breakthrough record, was released. The album features the biggest hit of his entire discography, the massively popular “Margaritaville.” Buffett’s sound evolved significantly on this record,  solidifying Buffett’s status as the biggest star in the “Gulf and Western” genre. At this point, Buffett began describing his musical style as “drunken Caribbean rock ‘n’ roll.”  Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes hit no. 12 on the Billboard 200 album chart, far higher than its predecessor, Havana Daydreamin’. The album was certified Platinum by the RIAA, and it nearly peaked on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. The album included several charting singles – ”Margaritaville” and the self-titled track – which reached the top 20 on the Billboard Easy Listening charts. “Margaritaville” hit No. 1 on the Easy Listening charts and went on to become the inspiration for later ventures in Buffett’s business career.

More Success 

After Changes, Buffett released Son of a Son of a Sailor, his eighth record, in March 1978. The album features the single “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” which is one of Buffett’s biggest hits. The track appears on all of Buffett’s greatest hits compilations and is one of the songs that is always included in the setlists for his live performances. The song is also the inspiration for Buffett’s Cheeseburger in Paradise restaurants. The restaurants are some of Buffett’s most successful businesses.  Son of a Son of a Sailor hit No. 10 on the Billboard 200 album chart and was certified Platinum by the RIAA. The album’s three singles all charted, with “Cheeseburger in Paradise” reaching the highest position on the Billboard Hot 100 of the three.

Conclusion 

Jimmy Buffett’s signature blend of country, rock, pop, and easy listening – often referred to as Gulf and Western – made him a star, and he has gone on to become one of the most successful musicians in the world. His performances often bring in tens of thousands of devoted fans, who love his charisma, tongue-in-cheek lyrics, and the easygoing feel of his music. If you’re lucky enough to catch Jimmy Buffett live, you won’t regret it.   Sources: Jimmy Buffett | Forbes Jimmy Buffett Does Not Live the Jimmy Buffett Lifestyle | NY Times Before Margaritaville: Why Jimmy Buffett Is An Alabama Boy At | Southern Living

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