Living & Dying in 3/4 Time.
"If life gives you limes, make margaritas."
Think about the islands. Think about escaping all the worries of your life and just relaxing on a beach somewhere. Now think about the music of this lifestyle. If Jimmy Buffett
doesn't come to mind, you live under a rock.
James Delaney "Jimmy" Buffet (born on Christmas Day, 1946) is a well known singer-songwriter, performing what he calls "Gulf and Western" music, mixing influences of Country and Western with Folk and Carribean music. Among his most famous songs are "Margaritaville," "Come Monday,", "Fins,", "Volcano,", "A Pirate Looks at Forty,", "Cheeseburger in Paradise," "Why Don't We Get Drunk and Screw," "Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes,", "One Particular Harbor", and "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" (a duet with Alan Jackson
). Collectively, these songs are known as the "Big 10" among fans, and have been played at nearly every Buffett show ever. (It should also be noted that he got another big hit with a duet: "Knee Deep" by the Zac Brown Band
But Buffett is not just a musician these days. He's also a restauranteur and an author. His two food chains, Margaritaville and Cheeseburger in Paradise are both named after hit songs. And recently in Miami, Dolphin Stadium was briefly renamed Land Shark Stadium (after the beer brand of the same name) under his sponsorship. His legion of devoted fans are referred to as Parrotheads.
Two of his novels, Tales from Margaritaville,
and Where is Joe Merchant?
topped the New York Times bestseller list. His non-fiction memoir A Pirate Looks At Fifty
also occupied a top spot. He's also written another novel titled A Salty Piece Of Land,
several children's books and is stated to be working on a sequel to his previous memoir.
Buffett's not shy about his fame, either. He's made cameos in everything from Repo Man
to South Park.
He's also lent his weight to several charities, most notably the Save the Manatee Club which is very active in Florida. He's also raised money for hurricane relief charities.
- Down to Earth
- High Cumberland Jamboree
- A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean
- Living & Dying in 3/4 Time
- Havana Daydreamin'
- Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes
- Son of a Son of a Sailor
- Coconut Telegraph
- Somewhere Over China
- One Particular Harbor
- Riddles in the Sand
- Last Mango in Paris
- Hot Water
- Off to See the Lizard
- Barometer Soup
- Banana Wind
- Don't Stop the Carnival
- Beach House on the Moon
- Far Side of the World
- License to Chill
- Take the Weather With You
- Buffett Hotel
- You Had to Be There
- Feeding Frenzy
- Buffett Live: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays
- Live in Auburn, WA
- Live in Las Vegas, NV
- Live in Mansfield, MA
- Live in Cincinatti, OH
- Live in Hawaii
- Live at Fenway Park
- Live at Texas Stadium
- Live in Anguilla
- Volcano - Live 2011
Greatest Hits Albums and Collections:
- Songs You Know by Heart
- Boats, Beaches, Bar, and Ballads
- Before the Beach
- Margaritaville Cafe: Late Night Menu
- Margaritaville Cafe: Late Night Gumbo
- Christmas Island
- Great American Summer Fun With Jimmy Buffett
- Meet Me in Margaritaville
- Now Yer Squawkin'
Jimmy Buffett provides examples of:
- Audience Participation Song: Many of his songs, notably "Cheeseburger in Paradise":
I like mine with lettuce and tomato, Heinz 57 and french fried potatoes!
- Audiences have started to shout "Of salt! Of salt! Of salt!" after there's a brief pause in the line "Looking for my lost shaker of salt," in "Margaritaville".
- There's also the 'Fins to the left, fins to the right' hand gesture during live performances of "Fins."
- Author Appeal: Pop quiz: Quick, name one, single Jimmy Buffett song which doesn't mention liquor at any point. It's even explicitly referenced in the duet with Alan Jackson, "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere"
- The Band Minus the Face: His band, The Coral Reefers. Averted with Mac McAnally, who is a well known session musician, producer and songwriter, and Nadira Shakoor, who is a grammy-nominated singer in her own right with her own discography, but who now tours almost exclusively with Buffett.
- Badass: The old man from the song "Last Mango in Paris".
- The Cameo: He has many, including as a pirate in Hook and as himself in South Park.
- Cool Old Guy: He's 67 but is hip enough to be half his age.
- Cool Uncle: In "The Pascagoula Run", he sings about his "black sheep" Uncle Billy, who had made it rich while traveling around the world. When Billy came back home to Mississippi, he immediately went on a 24-hour bar-hopping run to all his old haunts and invited his nephew Jimmy to come along. According to Buffett, this all actually happened back when he was 17.
- Defictionalization: Margaritaville and Cheeseburger in Paradise are now real-life restaurant chains in the United States.
- Early-Installment Weirdness: His first two albums are rather conventional '70s singer-songwriter efforts that sound nothing like the rest of his catalog, causing most fans to disregard their existence altogether.
- Elvis Impersonator: His song, "Elvis Imitators," which is sung in that style.
- Everybody Hates Mathematics: "Math Suks"
- Fan Community Nicknames: Buffett's fans are commonly known as "Parrotheads".
- Greatest Hits Album: Several, most notably the 7x platinum-selling Songs You Know by Heart.
- Hawaiian-Shirted Tourist
- Intercourse with You: "Why Don't We Get Drunk (And Screw)," written because he was tired of all the double entendres for sex in songs
- In The Style Of: "Elvis Imitators," sung in the style of...well, just who you would imagine.
- Only in Florida: We named our major football stadium "Land Shark Stadium"
- Hell, it's practically an in-joke amongst Floridians, saying that natives are required by law to like him.
- Pop-Star Composer: He wrote the soundtrack for the film Hoot.
- Pun-Based Title: Many of his albums have these, as can be seen above.
- Rock Opera: Don't Stop the Carnival, based on a novel by Herman Wouk.
- Take That: The line 'And I hope Anita Bryant never ever does one of my songs', from the song "Manana" At the time "Manana" came out, Anita Bryant (another Florida singer who specialized in Muzak versions of pop tunes, among other things) was campaigning to repeal a local ordinance in Dade County, Florida, that prohibited discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation; Buffett was one of her most vocal opponents.
- What Would X Do?: From "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere":
"I could pay off my tab/Pour myself in a cab/And be back to work before two/At a moment like this/I can't help but wonder/What would Jimmy Buffett do?"
- "Funny you should ask that"