Jimmy Buffett (born December 25, 1946) is an American singer and songwriter, best known for a few hits such as "Margaritaville," though he has a rabid cult following known as "Parrot Heads."
Buffett began his musical career in the late 1960s as a country artist, and recorded his first album, Down to Earth in 1970. He then moved to Key West and began establishing his easy-going beach bum persona that he has become known for. He played during his college years at the University of Southern Mississippi, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
Buffett's second album was White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean, now acclaimed as his best though it achieved only moderate sales.
"Margaritaville" was released in 1974 and made him into a pop star for a brief period, continued by 1976's Havana Daydreamin' and 1977's Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes.
During the 1980s, Buffett made far more money off his tours than albums, and he became known as a popular concert draw. He released a series of albums during the following twenty years, primarily to his devoted audience, as well as branching into writing and merchandising of various kinds.
In 2003 he parterned with Alan Jackson for the number one country hit "It's Five O'clock Somewhere," his first number one spot on the country charts.
Buffett released a new album called License to Chill on July 13, 2004. The album sold 238,600 copies in its first week of release according to Nielsen SoundScan. Buffett topped the U.S. pop albums chart for the first time in his three-decade career.
Year Album/CD Record Label Description
1970 Down To Earth Barnaby
1971 High Cumberland Jubilee Barnaby
1973 A White Sport Coat & A Pink Crustacean Dunhill
1974 Living & Dying in 3/4 Time Dunhill
1974 A1A Dunhill
1975 Rancho Deluxe United Artists Movie soundtrack
1976 Havana Daydreamin' ABC
1977 Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes ABC
1978 Son Of a Son Of a Sailor ABC
1978 You Had To Be There MCA Live recording
1979 Volcano MCA
1981 Coconut Telegraph MCA
1981 Somewhere Over China MCA
1983 One Particular Harbour MCA
1984 Riddles In The Sand MCA
1985 Last Mango in Paris MCA
1985 Songs You Know By Heart MCA Greatest Hit(s)
1986 Floridays MCA
1988 Hot Water MCA
1989 Off To See The Lizard MCA
1990 Feeding Frenzy MCA Live Recording
1992 Boats, Beaches, Bars & Ballads Margaritaville/MCA Box Set
1993 Before The Beach Margaritaville/MCA Compilation of Down to Earth & High Cumberland Jubilee
1993 Margaritaville Cafe Late Night Menu Compilation of various artists including Jimmy Buffett
1994 Fruitcakes Margaritaville/MCA
1995 Margaritaville Cafe Late Night Gumbo Compilation of various artists including Jimmy Buffett
1995 Barometer Soup Margaritaville/MCA
1996 Banana Wind Margaritaville/MCA
1996 Christmas Island Margaritaville/MCA Christmas Songs
1998 Biloxi Greatest Hit(s)
1998 Don't Stop The Carnival Margaritaville/Island
1998 American Storyteller Laserlight
1999 Beach House on the Moon Margaritaville/Island
1999 There's Nothing Soft About Hard Times Madacy
1999 Buffett Live - Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays Mailboat Live recording
2002 Far Side Of The World Mailboat
2003 Meet Me In Margaritaville: The Ultimate Collection UTV/MCA/Mailboat Greatest Hit(s)
2003 Live in Auburn, WA Mailboat Live recording
2003 Live In Las Vegas, NV Mailboat Live recording
2003 Live In Mansfield, MA Mailboat Live recording
2003 Live In Cincinnati, OH Mailboat Live recording
2004 License To Chill Mailboat
Buffett's writing has placed him in good company. Jimmy has written three No. 1 best sellers. Tales From Margaritaville and Where Is Joe Merchant? both spent over seven months on the New York Times Best Seller fiction list. His book, A Pirate Looks At Fifty went straight to #1 on the New York Times Bestseller non-fiction list, making him the sixth author in that list's history to have reached #1 on both the fiction and non-fiction lists. The other five authors who have accomplished this are Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, William Styron, Irving Wallace and Dr. Seuss.
He is a regular visitor to the Caribbean island of Saint Barts, where he is rumored to have written his hit song, "Cheeseburger in Paradise."
A pilot, Jimmy Buffett owns and flies a restorated Grumman HU-16 Albatross. It can sometimes be seen on the ramp at Princess Juliana International Airport (IATA indentifier SXM) in nearby Sint Maarten while Buffett is in the area.