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Jimmy Buffett

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Jimmy Buffett translated his easygoing Gulf Coast persona into more than just a successful recording career -- he expanded into clothing, nightclubs, and literature -- but the basis of the business empire that kept him on the Fortune magazine list of highest-earning entertainers was his music. Born in southern Mississippi and raised in Alabama, Buffett moved to Nashville to try to make it in country music in the late '60s. After signing to the Barnaby label, he released one album, 1970's Down to Earth, from which the socially conscious single "The Christian?" suggested he might be more at home protesting in Greenwich Village. (Barnaby "lost" his second album, High Cumberland Jubilee, though they would find it and release it after he became successful.) Instead, the songwriter moved to Key West, FL, where he gradually evolved into the beach-bum character and developed the tropical folk-rock style that would endear him to millions. Signing to ABC-Dunhill Record (later absorbed by MCA), Buffett achieved notoriety but not much else with his second (released) album, White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean (1973), which featured a song called "Why Don't We Get Drunk" ("...and screw?" goes the chorus). Buffett revealed a more thoughtful side on Living and Dying in 3/4 Time (1974), with its song of marital separation "Come Monday," his first singles-chart entry. But it took the Top Ten song "Margaritaville" and the album in which it was featured, 1977's Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes, to capture Buffett's tropical world view and, for a while, turn him into a pop star. By the start of the '80s, Buffett's yearly albums had stopped going gold, and he briefly tried the country market again. But by the middle of the decade, it was his yearly summer tours that were filling his bank account, as a steadily growing core of Sun Belt fans he dubbed "Parrotheads" made his concerts into Mardi Gras-like affairs. Buffett launched his Margaritaville line of clothes and opened the first of his Margaritaville clubs in Key West. He also turned to fiction writing, landing on the book bestseller lists. His recording career, meanwhile, languished, though a hits compilation sold millions; a 1990 live album, Feeding Frenzy, went gold; and a 1992 box-set retrospective, Boats, Beaches, Bars, and Ballads, became one of the best-selling box sets ever. Buffett finally got around to making a new album in 1994, when Fruitcakes became one of his fastest-selling records. It was followed in 1995 by Barometer Soup and Banana Wind in 1996. The following year, Buffett began working on a musical adaptation of Herman Wouk's novel Don't Stop the Carnival with the author himself. After Broadway producers expressed little interest, the production ran for six weeks in Miami during 1997. In spring of 1998, Buffett released a collection of songs from the production as he began mulling over the idea of taking the play on the road. In 1999 he released Beach House on the Moon as well as Live: Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday. During the first few years of the millennium, Buffett's newly launched Mailboat label issued close to a dozen concert recordings, as well as the 2002 studio album Far Side of the World. Two years later, Buffett allowed RCA to distribute his second Mailboat studio album, License to Chill. Live albums recorded in Hawaii and Boston appeared in 2005, followed by an all-new collection of songs called Take the Weather with You in 2006 and two more live sets, Live in Anguilla in 2007 and Feeding Frenzy: Live in 2008. In 2009, Buffett released Buffet Hotel, his first new studio album in years. ~ William Ruhlmann
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Albums by
Jimmy Buffett

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    16 songs

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    Songs from St. Somewhere

    11 songs

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    High Cumberland Jubilee

    12 songs

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    Down to Earth

    20 songs

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    Don't Stop the Carnival

    10 songs

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    Christmas Island

    12 songs

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    Banana Wind

    12 songs

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    Barometer Soup

    13 songs

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    Fruitcakes

    11 songs

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    A-1-A

    10 songs

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    Floridays

    11 songs

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    Hot Water

    10 songs

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    Last Mango in Paris

    18 songs

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    Son of a Son of a Sailor

    13 songs

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    Songs You Know by Heart: Jimmy Buffett's Greatest Hit(s)

    10 songs

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    Volcano

    11 songs

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    A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean

    10 songs

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    Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes

    10 songs

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    Havana Daydreamin'

    11 songs

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    Living and Dying in 3/4 Time

    11 songs

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    One Particular Harbour

    10 songs

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    Riddles in the Sand

    12 songs

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    Off to See the Lizard

    9 songs

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    Somewhere Over China

    9 songs

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    Coconut Telegraph

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Top Songs by
Jimmy Buffett

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Margaritaville
  3.   Come Monday
  4.   Cheeseburger in Paradise
  5.   Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes
  6.   A Pirate Looks at Forty
  7.   Son of a Son of a Sailor
  8.   Mele Kalikimaka
  9.   Fins
  10.   Why Don't We Get Drunk
  11.   Brown Eyed Girl
  12.   Hey Good Lookin'
  13.   Trip Around the Sun by Martina McBride
  14.   Volcano
  15.   Trying to Reason With Hurricane Season
  16.   Too Drunk to Karaoke
  17.   Railroad Lady
  18.   Jingle Bells
  19.   Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
  20.   Run Rudolph Run
  21.   I'll Be Home for Christmas
  22.   Up on the House Top
  23.   One Particular Harbour
  24.   Boat Drinks
  25.   Livingston Saturday Night
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Jimmy Buffett

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    Kenny Chesney: DNA

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    4th of July Celebration

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    Yacht Rock

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    All-Time Top 55 Songs of Summer

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    Alan Jackson: DNA

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    Justin Moore: I Am The DJ

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    Country Christmas

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    77 Greatest Country Duets

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    Sing-A-Long Songs

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    Billy Currington: I Am The DJ

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    Singing In The Shower

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    Luke Bryan: I Am The DJ

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    Stormy Weather

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    Oldies

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    Country Summer

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    Cincinnati Country Christmas

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    She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy

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