Jimmy Buffett (b. December 25, 1946) is a hugely popular and veteran pop/country rock singer-songwriter who became famous during the 1970s. His signature laid-back "Gulf & Western" musical style, which evokes images of an idyllic beachcombing life, combines country, pop, rock, folk, and calypso with coastal and tropical themes along with a twist of humor. His best known songs include "Come Monday" (1974), "Margaritaville" (1977), and "Cheeseburger In Paradise" (1978).
Born in Pascagoula, Mississippi and raised in Mobile, Alabama, Buffett played the trombone in the school band as a child and began his career as a country artist in the late 1960s in Nashville, Tennessee. He signed with Barnaby Records and released his first album in 1970, "Down To Earth." He then relocated to Key West, Florida and by 1973, had switched to ABC/Dunhill where he recorded a long string of albums that includes "A White Sport Coat And A Pink Crustacean" (1973), "Living And Dying In 3/4 Time" (1974), "Havana Daydreamin'" (1976), and his breakthrough recording, "Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes" (1977).
Jimmy Buffett debuted in 1973 with two songs from "A White Sport Coat And A Pink Crustacean" - "Grapefruit-Juicy Fruit" and "The Great Filling Station Holdup" - which reached #23 and #58 on the Adult Contemporary and Country charts, respectively. His fame began to take off the following year with "Come Monday" (1974), which made the Pop/Rock Top 40 and later became among his many fan favorites. His biggest hit and crossover success came in 1977 with "Margaritaville," which topped the Adult Contemporary chart and made the Pop/Rock Top 10. This smash also made the Country Top 20 and recharted years later in both 1999 and 2000. Buffett's hits through 1981 also include "A Pirate Looks At Forty" (1975), "Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes" (1977), "Cheeseburger In Paradise" (1978), "Livingston Saturday Night" (1978), "Manana" (1978), "Fins" (1979), "Volcano" (1979), "Survive" (1980), and "It's My Job" (1981), and his very long string of hits continued on the Adult Contemporary and Country charts through 1995 and 2009, respectively. Other songs for which Buffett is well known include the humorous and raunchy "Why Don't We Get Drunk" (1973), a longtime concert favorite.
In addition to his thriving career as a performing artist, Jimmy Buffett is also a bestselling author and a highly successful businessman whose many ventures include the Margaritaville Cafe restaurant chain. A top concert draw during the 1980s and beyond, he has amassed a large and devoted fan base known as "Parrotheads" over the years and continues to tour actively with his Coral Reefer Band.
- For more info about Jimmy Buffett and his latest projects, visit jimmybuffett.com and margaritaville.com.
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- Come Monday 1974
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