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Tropical cult singer Jimmy Buffett was born on Christmas Day, 1946 in Pascagoula, Miss. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he attended a Catholic high school. A distant cousin of billionaire,Warren Buffett, Jimmy went on to major in history at the University of Southern Mississippi,where, not surprisingly, he was a popular fraternity member.
After college, Buffett moved to Nashville hoping to become a country singer; besides playing original solo material, he also worked with a cover band called the Now Generation and wrote for Billboard magazine. Buffett landed his first record contract in 1970 with the small Barnaby Records label, who released his folk-country debut, Down to Earth, later that year; unfortunately the album failed to produce a hit and went largely unnoticed. Barnaby "lost" his second album, High Cumberland Jubilee, though they would find it and release it after he became successful.
In the early '70s, Buffett moved to Key West where he adopted his easy-going, beachcomber persona. Under this new guise, Buffett signed a contract with ABC-Dunhill, releasing his major-label debut, White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean in 1973. With playful songs like "Why Don't We Get Drunk (And Screw)," Buffett quickly gained a loyal following of party-ready fans who enjoyed the laid-back, tropical atmosphere of his live shows. Soon people began wearing Hawaiian shirts and similar gear to his shows, even in the dead of winter, and his followers, known as "Parrot Heads," began traveling to Buffett concerts Grateful Dead-style and performing special "fin" maneuvers during his songs.
Jimmy Buffett broke into the mainstream with his sixth album, 1977's Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes, containing the enduring party standard "Margaritaville."His 1978 follow-up, Son of a Son of a Sailor, featured his second well-known track,"Cheeseburger in Paradise." Both albums went gold, and brought Buffett thousands of new fans.
Buffet's concerts continued to draw tens of thousands of fans, and in the late '80s the crafty singer capitalized on his beach-bum image with several books, a chain of clubs, a line of beach clothing, and his own Margaritaville custom record label.
He currently lives, appropriately enough, in Palm Beach, Fla., where he is an avid sailor and pilot, and an outspoken environmental activist. Backed by a changing cast ofback-up musicians known as the Coral Reefer Band, Buffett remains one of the biggest-grossing concert draws to this day.
New SUMMER tour dates for 2002 have just been released.
According to Margaritaville's First Look, Jimmy Buffett is scheduled to be on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Thursday May 23.
He will be on the cover of March 2 issue of Billboard Magazine & article, and on the cover of March 15 issue American Airlines Magazine: "American Way".
New Album Release Date
Singer/songwriter/author Jimmy Buffett's new CD, Far Side Of The World, will be released on Buffett's Mailboat Records March 2002. The CD produced by Russ Titelman (Eric Clapton, Randy Newman, James Taylor), will feature many new originals as well as some cover tunes, including "The U.S.S. Zydecoldsmobile", written by Sonny Landreth, who also plays guitar on the song. Other guest performers include horn player Jim Horn and Stewart Duncan on fiddle. As with Jimmy's last two CD's this one will also be enhanced with footage of the recording of this CD as well as home movies taken during Jimmy's Recent trip to Africa.
1. Blue Guitar
2. Mademoiselle Voulez-Vous Danser
3. Autour De Rocher
4. Savannah Fare You Well
5. All the Ways I Want You
6. Last Man Standing
7. What If The Hokey-Pokey Is All It Really is About
8. Altered Boy
9. USS Zydecoldsmobile
10. Someday I Will
11. Far Side of the World
12. Tonight I Just Need My Guitar