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Jimmy Buffett Story

Updated on September 18, 2014

About Jimmy Buffett

Living in Florida for the last 28 years gave me a new prospective on life and music. I like many transplants became a Jimmy Buffet fan almost right away. Now that I am closer to retiring, I see the Buffet way of music and philosphy as my new lifestyle.

On December 25, 1946, James William Buffett was born in Pascagoula, Mississippi to James Delaney Buffett and Mary Loriane. Buffett attended Auburn University and then the University of Southern Mississippi, majoring in journalism (he later worked as a Billboard reporter). He moved to Nashville in the late Sixties, intent on becoming a country singer. By 1972 Buffett had left both Nashville and a failed marriage, moving to Key West. There he helped to support himself by smuggling a little marijuana from the Caribbean.

Buffett has three kids with his wife Jane Buffett - Savannah Jane Buffett (born June 1st, 1979), Sarah Delaney Buffett (born April 1st, 1992), and Cameron Marley Buffett (adopted).


10/27/1998 - Carbonell Awards for Best New Work, Best Costume Design, and Best Lighting Design: the musical "Don't Stop the Carnival"

11/5/2003 - Country Music Association (CMA) Award for Vocal Event of the Year

"It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" (Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett)

5/26/2004 - Academy of Country Music (ACM) Award for Single of the Year

"It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere" (Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett)

5/26/2004 - Academy of Country Music (ACM) Award for Vocal Event of the Year

"It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere" (Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett)

11/8/2004 - American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Song of the Year

"It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" (Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett)


1977 - CMA Award nomination: Single of the Year

"Margaritaville" - ABC

2003 - CMA Award nomination: Vocal Event of the Year

"It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" (Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett)

12/4/2003: Grammy nomination for "Best Country Collaboration With Vocals"

"It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" (Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett)

This was Jimmy Buffett's first Grammy nomination.

12/7/2004: Grammy nomination for "Best Country Collaboration with Vocals"

"Hey Good Lookin" (Jimmy Buffett, Clint Black, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith & George Strait)

2004 - CMA Award nomination: Musical Event of the Year

"Hey Good Lookin'" (Jimmy Buffett, Clint Black, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith and George Strait)

2004 - CMA Award nomination: Music Video of the Year

"It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" (directed by Trey Fanjoy)

2005 - CMA Award nomination for Vocal Event of the Year

"Trip Around the Sun" (Jimmy Buffett and Martina McBride)

2/2/2007 - CMT Music Award nomination for the video "Bama Breeze" in the category Wide Open country video of the year

2007 - CMA Award nomination: Musical Event of the Year

"Hey Good Lookin' Live" (Jimmy Buffett, George Strait and Alan Jackson

Musical History

Jimmy Buffett signed to ABC-Dunhill, and his 1973 release, A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean, found Buffett developing his drunken-sailor persona. His breakthrough came in 1977 with the platinum Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes (#12) and its hit single, "Margaritaville" (#8).

He formed the first version of his Coral Reefer Band in 1975. The 1985 compilation Songs You Know By Heart (subtitled Jimmy Buffett's Greatest Hit[s] in self-mocking reference to the fact that "Margaritaville" was his only major pop hit) sold two million copies 1992's Boats Beaches Bars & Ballads also went platinum

The legendary group started out in clubs as a fake band consisting of Kay Pasa, Ms. Kitty Litter, and the legendary Marvin Gardens. In 1975, Jimmy began touring with a real band and the rest is history. Members have come and gone, but the Coral Reefer Band will be around as long as Jimmy is.

It takes no more time to see the good side of life than to see the bad."

— Jimmy Buffett

April 16th, 2011

Jimmy Buffet Day In Florida

April 16, 2011 to be "Jimmy Buffett Day" in Florida!

A resolution recognizing April 16, 2011, as "Jimmy Buffett Day" in Florida has been passed by the Florida House of Representatives, in appreciation of Jimmy's charitable efforts, support of the environment, and positive economic impact in the state. This is a well deserved honor . After all, Jimmy and Bob Graham found the Save the Manatee Club. He has done may benefit concerts to help the hurricane victims. He also employs 200 Floridians at his hotel. Well deserved Jimmy


Margaritaville-A State Of Mind

How It All Started

Legend's are made from stories that start so easily. Jimmy's music was started in Nashville, but was refined in Florida. After a slleged booking date in Miami went sour, Jimmy headed for a friends house to recoup and regroup.On a wekend drive down a coastal highway, AiA, Jimmy wound up in a town that would provide the biggest influence in his musical career. Key West would become his and our "Margaritaville" and play a huge role in his life.

The Key West of the 1970's was not then what it is now. Servicemen, shrimpers and smugglers populated the island and they were known not to live the straight and narrow lifestyle. Closed and boarded storefronts made up Duval St. More than not the business trade was housed in dilapadated buildings. Most of those sold liquor over or under the table. The locals had access to the "pot "at the end of the rainbow. The melting pot of all these caracters and circumstances inspired Jimmy

"The Wino and I Know""Tin Cup Chalice", and "I Have Found Me A Home" were born out of those years.As Bob Anderson says about Jimmy in 1986 interview in High Times, "Every outlaw has a good story, and Buffett has an eye and ear for them."

Radio Margaritaville - Sirus Buffett-24 Hours A Day

Who doesn't love to hear Buffett and now you can while you are online. Radio Margaritaville plays buffett and the music of the islands. It helps you get into that relaxed frame of mind after a long day.Singles and concert replays are just some of the fun. Tour information and all things Buffett in one location

2013 Buffett Tours

9/26 Paris, France

9/26 Paris, France

10/19 Las Vegas, Nevada

10/22 Denver, Colorado

10/24 Phoenix Arizona

10/26 Las Vegas, Nevada

We are the people our parents warned us about.”

— Jimmy Buffett


Released in 1994, Fruitcakes was the 19th album that Buffett recorded. It reached #5 on Billboards 200 Album Chart.It was Buffet"s first top ten album. The first single from the album, "Fruitcakes," charted at #29 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. Several of the songs on this album are covers of other recording artists. The first of these is Grateful Dead's "Uncle John's Band". "Sunny Afternoon" is a song by The Kinks. "She's Got You" is a famous Country/Pop song written by Hank Cochran and first recorded and released as a single by Patsy Cline.

Are You A Fruitcake? - Some Buffett Music Philosophy

Grab Your Margarita - Best Margarita Recipes

To truelly be in Margaritaville, you have to have a margarita ! Here are the best margarita recipes. Make one up and settle down with some Jimmy Buffet music. You have the perfect weekend coming !

"I'd rather die while I'm living than live while I'm dead. "

— Jimmy Buffett

What's your ultimate favorite Buffett song...We'd like to know

The Adventurer In All Of Us

Jimmy Buffett

I guess the main reason we like Jimmy Buffett is that he is what we secretly would like to be. The picture of that one guy who is the dreamer and the visionary that we would like to be. His outlook on life is unique and honest. He says what most of us would like to say if we had the guts enough to be honest about our lives and our dreams. He takes us to places we wish we could go... and do in the music he makes. It's a place where we can go to relax and dream no matter where and what the circumstances of our life is !

There will always be those who feel more comfortable not venturing from the warmth of the hearth, but there are those who prefer to look out the window and wonder what is beyond the horizon.”

— Jimmy Buffett, A Salty Piece of Land

Thanks for stopping by. We always love to hear from fellow Buffett fans.

What's Your Favorite Buffet Music

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      6 years ago

      We go to a Jimmy every year for our anniversary. He started this year with my favorite song, "One Particular Harbor." This song sings to my soul.

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      6 years ago

      Love em all, but if pressed Tin Cup Chalice

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      6 years ago

      To many good ones to just have one, but the top of the list would include, Last Mango in Paris, One Particular Harbor, Jolly Mon, The City, and a new found recent prize, Woman in a Real Short Skirt. Am now feeling the need to go have a drink, thanks..

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      7 years ago


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      June Parker 

      7 years ago from New York

      I love Buffet! His tapes were always playing when we went deep sea fishing in Hawaii. My favorite album is Coconut Telegraph and I have them all. LOL.

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      Close2Art LM 

      7 years ago

      I love Buffet and this page is great...I would do a Amazon spotlight on the album, You Had To Be There ,double album from's my favorite and an awesome live show caught on tape, Margaritaville is classic on that album :)...blessed

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      fugeecat lm 

      7 years ago

      i've seen jimmy play a couple of times and its always great. and yes it is five o'clock somewhere.

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      8 years ago

      Jimmy is definitely my favorite american singer! We listen to him every weekend! Thanks for sharing!


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