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Florida Artists: Jimmy Buffett
Jimmy Buffett was born in Pascagoula, Mississippi and grew up living beside the the Gulf of Mexico. After graduating from the University of Southern Mississippi he worked his way to success in the music industry. His hits in the 70s including "Margaritaville" and "Come Monday" struck a chord and helped to build a huge fan-base of all ages over the decades. Married with three kids, Buffett loves fishing, flying and world travel. Buffett is also the author of numerous books including the bestselling "A Pirate Looks At Fifty" and has added movies to his repertoire as co-producer and co-star of an adaptation of Carl Hiaasen's novel Hoot. Jimmy Buffett is a licensed pilot, holding instrument, single and multi-engine land and sea ratings.

A performer, songwriter and author who has made Key West his home for almost 30 years, Jimmy Buffett has released 31 records and sold over 20,000,000. His songs, largely autobiographical, reflect his Key West way of life and combine Caribbean rhythms with country rock music in his own unique style.

Jimmy Buffett arrived in Nashville in 1969 prepared to embark on a recording career. Barnaby Records signed the artist to a two-album contract, and Jimmy went into the studio to record Down to Earth. Unfortunately, the album didn't sell well. Undaunted, Jimmy went back into the studio to record his second album.

Buffett then moved to Key West and began establishing the easy-going beach bum persona for which he is known. Following this move, Buffett combined country, folk, and pop music with coastal as well as tropical lyrical themes for a sound sometimes called "gulf and western." Today, 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.


Florida Keys singer and songwriter Jimmy BuffettIn 1974, `Come Monday', a single from Living and Dying in 3/4 Time become Jimmy Buffett's first Top 30 hit. Typically, Jimmy was totally unaware of the success of the single. "I was in Europe working on a film production when I heard `Come Monday' being played in the London Airport. I figured something was happening, and called home to find out we were on the charts.

Buffett's third album was the 1973 A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean. A1A followed in 1974, Havana Daydreamin' appeared in 1976, followed by 1977's Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes, which featured the breakthrough hit song "Margaritaville". Many fans believe Buffett's best work was represented by these earlier albums

Jimmy Buffett 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.

In August 2000 Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band played on the White House lawn for then President Bill Clinton. In 2003, he partnered in a partial duet with Alan Jackson for the song "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere," a number one hit on the country charts. This song won the 2003 Country Music Association Award for Vocal Event of the Year. This was Buffett’s first award of any kind for his music in his 30 year career.

In 1989 legislation entitling the Save The Manatee Trust Fund to benefit from thousands of dollars passed the Florida House and Senate. The bill authorizes the printing and distribution of Save The Manatee license plates. Thanks in part to the encouragement and support of Jimmy Buffett, environmental education and marine mammal research will get a much needed financial lift.

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A performer, songwriter and author who has made Key West his home for almost 30 years, Jimmy Buffett has released 31 records and sold over 20,000,000. His songs, largely autobiographical, reflect his Key West way of life and combine Caribbean rhythms with country rock music in his own unique style.
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