My Tribute To Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band

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Welcome all to my tribute to Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band. This site has been made to teach those who don't know about Jimmy Buffett, who he is and what his lifestyle is all about, and for those who are avid fans and want to learn more and keep up to date what is going on in the world of Jimmy Buffett. So please sit back, surf the site and its many pages and sign the guest book. Also come back and come back often because I will be adding and updating news and information about Jimmy Buffett and his band, the all-knowing Coral Reefer band, also known as Club Trini. Thanks and enjoy.

So, many people ask me, Where is Margaritaville? Jimmy answers the question very well........

Margaitaville is in the tropics somewhere between the port of Indecision and southwest of Disorder, but no parallels of latitude or longitude mark the spot exactly. You don't have to be a navigator to get there. Palm trees provide the camouflage. Ocean breezes bring the seaplanes and sailboats, tourists and travelers. Passports are not required. Island music rules. No waiting lines for anything. There is a beach and a thatched roof bar perched on the edge of the turquoise sea where you can always find a bar stool. There are lots of lies and loads of stories.

Where is Margaritaville? Its in your mind, in your heart, and in the music of the islands.

Here we are now, in the heart of winter time. The country has entered Cabin Fever, and I know all of us have shot six holes in our freezer and and all I can think about are my boat drinks. Jimmy is across the globe once again, keeping those fins up and looking for his lost shaker of salt. I know many of you will be making the trek to that one particular harbor looking for your own margaritaville. All of Jimmy's upcoming shows will be listed here. What I am looking for as well is a compilation of stories that I know you are collecting on your adventures. So email me and let me know how your voyage to the far side of the world is going for you. We all have our license to chill and I look forward to hearing all your wonderful gossip.


Important Dates


Buffett and Estefan perform at fundraiser for Miami Marine Stadium January 10

01/06/2014 Margaritaville Beach Hotel Wins The Wedding Wire Couples' Choice Awards We are proud to announce that WeddingWire.Com has named the Margaritaville Beach Hotel as the winner of their Couples' Choice Awards...

01/04/2014 Jimmy Buffett Concert Replay 7/2/97 Cincinnati, Ohio We’re going to Cincinnati for this week’s Jimmy Buffett Concert Replay. Join Jimmy and the Coral Reefer Band as we revisit this 1997 concert off the Havana Daydreamin' tour. Keep warm with this summertime show as your soundtrack, starting this Tuesday at 8pm EST/5pm PST on Radio Margaritaville.

01/03/2014 Romance Is Sweeter In Paradise! Celebrate your Love the entire month of February with our Love Potion Package, which includes one night stay, Chocolates upon arrival, a pair of Cupid's Cups, 2 Love Potion Margaritas and Breakfast for 2...

01/02/2014 It’s a New Year and a New Kind of Margaritaville Biloxi Margaritaville Casino & Restaurant Biloxi announced today it will break ground on a new hotel facility in the Spring, and estimates construction will be completed Spring 2015...

01/01/2014 Radio Margaritaville's New Year Celebration Ring in the New Year with a journey through Jimmy Buffett's 2013 Songs From St. Somewhere Tour...

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- For the latest news and top stories check out and

Good luck getting tickets and I hope to hear some phantastic stories from you all when all the lines go home

Personal Facts:

Name: James William Buffett

Born: December 25, 1946

Place of Birth: Jackson County Memorial Hospital near Pascagoula Mississippi

Parents: James Delaney Buffett Jr. and Mary Loriane (Peets)

Siblings: Two sisters, Loraine Marie (Laurie) and Lucy Ann (Lulu) Raised: Mobile, Alabama

Schools Attended: St Ignatius (elementary school) and McGill Institue (Catholic school for boys)

Colleges Attended: Auburn University, Pearl River Community College, and the University of Southern Mississippi

Spouse: Jane Slagsvol (married on August 27, 1977) Former Spouse: Margie Washichek (married in 1969 and seperated in 1971)

Children: Savannah Jane (June 1st, 1979), Sarah Delaney (April 1st, 1992) , and Cameron Marley (adopted in 1994)


Gold and Platinum Album Certifications: Title Award Certification Date

Banana Wind Platinum 08/10/1998

Barometer Soup Gold 10/05/1995

Beach House on the Moon Gold 06/25/1999

Boats, Beaches, Bars, and Ballads Multi-Platinum (4M) 07/03/2001

Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes Platinum 12/14/1977

Christmas Island Platinum 05/30/2000

Don’t Stop the Carnival Gold 09/02/1998

Feeding Frenzy Gold 09/16/1992

Fruitcakes Platinum 12/19/1994

License to Chill Platinum 08/18/2004

Meet Me in Margaritaville Multi-Platinum (2M) 01/05/2004

Son of a Son of a Sailor Platinum 05/10/1978

Songs You Know by Heart Multi-Platinum (7M) 11/21/2005

Take the Weather With You Gold 12/2006

Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays Gold 10/23/2000

Volcano Gold 12/27/1979

You Had To Be There Gold 11/10/1978

Total Gold Albums: 8

Total Platinum Albums: 6

Total Multi Platinum Albums: 3


Top Charting Albums (Billboard's Pop Albums Chart)

Highest Position Title Date Debuted Weeks on Chart

Album Chart History – peak position on the Billboard Charts

Year Album Title Top 200

Chart Country

Chart Internet

Chart Independ


1973 A White Sport Coat & A Pink Crustacean 205 43

1974 Living & Dying In 3/4 Time 176

1974 A1A 25

1976 Havana Daydreamin’ 65 21

1977 Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes 12 2

1978 Son Of A Son Of A Sailor 10 6

1978 You Had To Be There 72 29

1979 Volcano 14 13

1981 Coconut Telegraph 30

1982 Somewhere Over China 31

1983 One Particular Harbour 59 35

1984 Riddles In The Sand 87 18

1985 Last Mango In Paris 53 7

1985 Songs You Know By Heart 100 27

1986 Floridays 66 29

1988 Hot Water 46

1989 Off To See The Lizard 57

1990 Feeding Frenzy 68

1992 Boats, Beaches, Bars & Ballads 68

1993 Before The Beach 169

1994 Fruitcakes 5

1995 Barometer Soup 6

1996 Banana Wind 4

1996 Christmas Island 27

1998 Don’t Stop The Carnival 15

1999 Beach House on the Moon 8 3

1999 Buffett Live – Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays 37 8 33

2002 Far Side Of The World 5 1 1

2003 Meet Me In Margaritaville 9 9

2003 Live in Auburn, WA 27

2003 Live in Las Vegas, NV 13

2004 License to Chill 1 1 1

2005 Live In Hawaii 66 123 3

2005 Live at Fenway Park 41 41 2

2006 Take the Weather With You 4 1 4

2007 Live at Texas Stadium 11 4

2007 Live in Anguilla 54

2009 Buffet Hotel 17

“License to Chill” was Jimmy Buffett’s first and only number 1 album on the pop charts.

Singles Chart History – peak position on the Billboard Charts

Debut Song Title Hot 100 Chart Rock Chart Country Chart Adult Chart

05-12-1973 The Great Filling Station Holdup 58

09-01-1973 Grapefruit-Juicy Fruit 23

03-16-1974 Saxophones 105

05-18-1974 Come Monday 30 58 3

10-05-1974 Pencil Thin Mustache 101 44

04-05-1975 A Pirate Looks At Forty 101

08-02-1975 Door Number Three 102 88

04-02-1977 Margaritaville 8 13 1

09-17-1977 Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes 37 24 11

04-22-1978 Cheeseburger In Paradise 32

08-12-1978 Livingston Saturday Night 52 91

12-02-1978 Manana 84

09-08-1979 Fins 35 42

12-22-1979 Volcano 66 43

03-08-1980 Survive 77

02-21-1981 It's My Job 57 51 32

01-30-1982 It's Midnight And I'm Not Famous Yet 32

11-12-1983 One Particular Harbour 22

02-11-1984 Brown Eyed Girl 13

09-08-1984 When The Wild Life Betrays Me 42

12-08-1984 Bigger Than The Both Of Us 58

03-23-1985 Who's The Blonde Stranger? 37

06-29-1985 Gypsies In The Palace 56

09-07-1985 If The Phone Doesn't Ring, It's Me 16 37

02-08-1986 Please Bypass This Heart 50

09-24-1988 Bring Back The Magic 24

08-19-1989 Take Another Road 18

07-10-1993 Souvenirs 29

08-28-1993 Another Saturday Night 74 29

07-16-1994 Fruitcakes 29

09-09-1995 Mexico 25

06-28-2003 It's Five O'Clock Somewhere 17 1

06-19-2004 Hey Good Lookin’ 63 8

08-21-2004 Trip Around The Sun 20

09-30-2006 Bama Breeze 58

05-07-2011 Knee Deep 19 1

Singles Chart Facts: - “Come Monday” was Jimmy Buffett’s first Top 40 pop single back in 1974

- “Margaritaville” reach number 1 on the Adult Contemporary Chart back in 1977

- “It’s Five O’clock Somewhere” spent 8 weeks at number 1 on the Country Singles Chart back in 2003.


Books - Best Sellers List:

1989 - Tales From Margaritaville #1 New York Times Best Sellers List - Fiction

1992 - Where Is Joe Merchant #1 New York Times Best Sellers List- Fiction

1998 - A Pirate Looks at Fifty #1 New York Times Best Seller Lists - Nonfiction

2004 - A Salty Piece of Land #3 - New York Times Best Sellers List - Fiction

Fact: Jimmy Buffett is one of only a handful of authors to have a number one book on both the NY Times Fiction and Non-Fiction Best Sellers list. The other authors who have accomplished this include John Steinbeck, Ernest Hemingway, Mitch Albom, and Dr. Suess.



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)


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)

9/7/2005 - CMA nomination for Vocal Event of the Year "Trip Around the Sun" (Jimmy Buffett and Martina McBride)


TV Appearances:

The list below is not complete, please send addtions to:

1976: Austin City Limits

5/13/1978: Saturday Night Live - performs "Son of a Son of a Sailor"

5/8/1981: Fridays - performs "Margaritaville" and "Its My Job"

1981: Fridays performed "Stars Fell on Alabama" and "Volcano"

1982: ABC's All My Children - has a role on the soap as the character Chainsaw McGregor 10/15/1982: SCTV Network - performs "Slow Boat to China"

1983: Austin City Limits

1983: Late Night with David Letterman - sang "Come Monday" and "Distantly in Love"

1985: The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson

11/16/1990: The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson - sang "In the City" and "Jamaica Farewell"

1992: The Whoopi Goldberg show - performs "That's What Living Is to Me"

5/5/1992: The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson - performed "Money Back Guarantee"

4/30/1994 Entertainment This Week did a French Quarter expose and interview with Jimmy at Margaritaville New Orleans during Jazz Fest.

5/23/1994: Late Night with David Letterman - performs "Apacalypso"

5/24/1994: The Today Show - performs "Frenchmen for the Night"

1994: In Concert Series- performs "Fruitcakes", "Margaritaville", "Changes in Latitudes", "Vampires, Mummies, and the Holy Ghost"

1995: Late Night with David Letterman - performs "Don't Chu Know"

6/25/1996: Late Night with David Letterman - performs "Schoolboy Heart"

1996: Late Night with David Letterman - performs "Ho Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum"

10/29/1998: CNN - discussed John Glenn's space flight along with Walter Cronkite

5/28/1999: The Today Show's Summer Concert Series

12/30/1999: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno - performs "Fruitcakes"

7/20/2001: The Today Show's Summer Concert Series

5/23/2002: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno - performs "Far Side of the World"

4/28/2003: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno - performs "Knees of My Heart"

7/11/2003: The Today Show's Summer Concert Series

2/13/2004: The Today Show - "Where in the World is Matt Segment"

6/25/2004: The Today Show's Summer Concert Series

10/6/2004: Jimmy appears on a segment on "60 Minutes" Wednesday

11/30/2004: The Today Show - promotes his book and sing a couple of songs

12/2/2004: Regis & Kelly - promote his new book

1/10/2005: The Ellen DeGeneres Show - performs "Margaritaville"

5/2/2006: The Today Show - talked about the movie "Hoot"

5/5/2006: Live with Regis & Kelly - talked about the movie "Hoot"

5/26/2006: The Today Show's Summer Concert Series


Movie Appearances:

1974 - "Rancho Deluxe" - performs "Livingston Saturday Night" on stage in a bar scene with Tom McGuane playing mandolin and Warren Oates playing harmonica (miming Fingers's part)

1978 - "FM" - performs the song "Livingston Saturday Night"

1984 - "Repo Man" - a blond agent

1991 - "Hook" - shoe-stealing pirate

1994 - "Cobb" - the armless guy

1995 - "Congo" - a 727 Pilot

1988 - "From the Earth to the Moon" HBO Mini Series - role as a journalist

2006 - "Hoot" plays Mr. Ryan a Marine Science Teacher


Business Stats - Margaritaville Holdings, LLC

Margaritaville Cafes & Stores - a chain of restuarants and stores (Key West, New Orleans, Charleston, Orlando, Cancun Mexico, Las Vegas, Myrtle Beach, and Jamaica with 4 locations)

Radio Margaritaville - a worldwide internet radio station that now broadcasts on Sirius Satellite Radio

Licensed Products:

Margaritaville Tequila - a line of imported tequila

Margaritaville Footwear - a line of casual shoes and flip flops

Margaritaville Seafood - a line of frozen shrimp, and other seafood products

Margaritaville Chicken - a line of frozen chicken products

Margaritaville Margarita Mix - premade mix for making margaritas

Margaritaville Frozen Concoction Machine - blender for making the perfect margarita

Mailboat Records - his own record label which has released albums by Boz Scaggs, Chris Isaak, Dan Fogelberg, and others

Shrimpboat Sound Studios - a recording studion in Key West, FL

Cheeseburger in Paradise restaurant chain - a joint venture with Outback Steakhouses Inc

Singing for Change - a charitable foundation

Previously owned Margaritaville Records, a division of MCA Records


Other Accomplishments:

1969 - Received a BS Degree from University of Southern Mississippi.

1969 - Writer for Billboard Magazine

1969 - Signed with Barnaby Records

1970 - First album "Down To Earth" was released and only 200 copies printed.

1981 - Co-founded the Save the Manatee Club

1989 - Was a part owner of the Ft Myers Miracles minor league baseball team with Bill Murray

2001 - Part owner of several Krispy Kreme restaurants (Southern Florida Parnership)

2001: Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville in Orlando sets the Guinness World Record for the largest cocktail, the margarita that measured 7,039 gallons.

See the Buffett Timeline for more accomplishments.

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