James William Buffett better known as Jimmy Buffett, is not only a famous American singer but also an author, actor, business man and a philanthropist. Buffett was born in Pascagoula, Mississippi on December 25, 1946. He graduated in history in 1969 from University of Southern Mississippi. Jimmy is currently married to Jane Slagsvol and has two daughters and one adopted son. Jimmy Buffett is well-known for portrayal of island escapism lifestyle in his music. He has recorded many hit songs including “Cheese burger in paradise”, “Fins”, “Volcano” and “Margaritaville”. His fans are known as “Parrotheads”.
Jimmy Buffett converted his entertainment empire into a corporation that include bars, record labels, clothing line and restaurants, revolving around his “good times with cocktail” mentality. He owns restaurant chains like Margaritaville café and cheeseburger in paradise named after his hit songs. He is also an author of best-selling books like “Tales from Margaritaville” and “A Pirate Looks at Fifty”. Jimmy Buffett is a charitable man and has done a lot of charity work. He is also an environmentalist. Harvey Ball Foundation appointed him as an Honorary Ambassador of Peace. He is a licensed pilot and owns a seaplane which he referred to as “The Hemisphere Dancer”. He co-produced and co-starred in the movie Hoot.
Jimmy Buffett started his career as a country singer in Nashville. He then moved to the Key West and established his beach-bum easy-going persona for which he is recognized. Buffett combined different music genre like pop, country, rock, coastal, folk and tropical themes for a sound called as “gulf and western”. Buffett has released more than 30 albums and 67 singles. His music is inspired by his visits to the Caribbean islands.
During the 80s, his tours were a hit and he made a lot of money from these tours. In 1997, he tried to enter the world of Broadway theater by making a musical “Don’t Stop the Carnival” in collaboration with Herman Wouk, but it ran for six weeks only. Big 8 was the list of songs
played at almost each one of Jimmy Buffett’s concert. Big 8 include “A Pirate Looks at Forty”, “Volcano”, “Why Don’t We Get Drunk”, “Fins”, “Margaritaville”, “Come Monday”, “Cheeseburger in Paradise”, “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes”. In 2003 he released the song “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” with Alan Jackson and won his first ever country music award. In 2011, he released another hit pop single “Knee Deep” with Zac Brown Band. Jimmy Buffett’s latest studio album is ’Tis The season released in 2016.
In 1989, he published his first book “Tales from Margaritaville”, a collection of stories that take place in a fictional place Margaritaville, the book remained on New York Times best seller list for several months. He also co-authored books for children like Trouble Dolls (1991) and Jolly Mon (1988).
In 1992, he published “Where Is Joe Merchant?”, which quickly claimed its spot on New York Times best seller list. In 1998, his nonfiction titled “A Pirate Looks at Fifty” made him one of the eight authors to reach No. 1 Best seller in both fiction and non-fiction category. His book “A Salty Piece of Land”, was released in 2004 including a CD Single of the song “A Salty Piece of Land”. His latest book is “Swine Not?” published in 2008.
Buffett co-produced the film Hoot (2006), directed by Wil Shriner. He made a soundtrack and played a role himself, for the same movie. The film, however, wasn’t successful. He made music for television series like Johnny Bago, and for films like Summer Rental, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Urban Cowboy; and for the animated film FernGully: The Last Rainforest, Buffett has made cameo appearances in Hook, Cobb, Repo Man, Congo, and From the Earth to the Moon.
In addition, he made an appearance as himself in FM and in Rancho Deluxe. Jimmy sang “Caribbean Amphibian” with the Kermit the Frog on a Sesame Street special “Elmopalooza”. In November 2011, he appeared as a pilot named Frank Bama in an episode of famous TV series Hawaii Five-0. In the 2015 film Jurassic World, he can be seen holding two margaritas in his hand.
Buffett is also known for his philanthropic work. Save the Manatee Club, a manatee protection organization, was founded by Buffett in 1981. He is one of the major donors to the Gulf
Specimen Marine Laboratory. Buffett had a fund raising concert “Surviving the Storm” in Orlando for the Hurricane victims in Alabama, Florida and the Caribbean. Buffett raised US$63,000 for the Foreign Correspondents’ Club Charity Fund in a concert in Hong Kong (2008). After the infamous BP oil disaster, Buffett had a concert in Alabama, 35,000 free tickets were given away to lure people to the beaches of Alabama.
On 26 th January 2011, Jimmy Buffett fell off the stage while performing in Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion in Australia. Luckily a surgeon named Dr.Gordian Fulde was attending his concert and was standing near the stage. Dr Fulde initially treated Buffett at the scene and he regained
consciousness in a few minutes.
Like all celebrities Buffett has also been a part of many controversies. In 1983 Buffett was sued for 11million dollars by Lord Buckley’s son for copyright infringement in his song “God’s Own Drunk”. Then in 1996 Buffett’s airplane known as “the hemisphere dancer” was shot by Jamaican police, who believed it was a craft carrying illegal drugs. They later apologized for it. Buffett made a song in the memory of this incident “Jamaica mistaica”. He was kicked out of an arena in Miami during a basketball game for saying inappropriate words in front of a children.
Despite having ups and downs in his career, he is still one of the famous singers in 21 st century. Buffett still continue to perform tours, concerts for charities and political campaigns. ‘tis the season is his latest album that was released last year. Jimmy Buffett is also planning to build Margaritaville retirement communities. This $1 billion project aims to create 7,000 homes in Daytona Beach.