Jimmy Buffett

Dec 25, 1946
Sep 01, 2023

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James William Buffett (December 25, 1946 – September 1, 2023) was an American singer-songwriter, musician, author, and businessman. He was best known for his tropical rock music, which often portrays a lifestyle described as “island escapism”. Together with his Coral Reefer Band, Buffett recorded hit songs known as “The Big 8”, which he played at every show: “Margaritaville” (1977), which is ranked 234th on the Recording Industry Association of America’s list of “Songs of the Century”, “Come Monday” (1974), “Fins” (1979), “Volcano” (1979), “A Pirate Looks at Forty” (1974), “Cheeseburger in Paradise” (1978), “Why Don’t We Get Drunk” (1973), and “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes” (1977). Other popular songs include “Son of a Son of a Sailor” (1978), “One Particular Harbour” (1983), and “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” (2003).

Of the over 30 albums Jimmy Buffett released, eight are certified gold and nine are certified platinum or multiplatinum.

Aside from his career in music, Buffett was also a bestselling author and was involved in two restaurant chains named after two of his best-known songs; he owned Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurant chain and co-developed the now defunct Cheeseburger in Paradise restaurant chain. Buffett was one of the world’s richest musicians, with a net worth of $1 billion in 2023. His devoted base of fans are known as “Parrotheads”.

After entering hospice care just five days prior, Buffett died on September 1, 2023, at his home in Sag Harbor, New York, at the age of 76 from skin cancer (diagnosed in 2019) that had turned into lymphoma.

It seems that so many wonderful people are leaving this world, and now Jimmy Buffett is one of them. I’ve known Jimmy for some time and found him to be one of the kindest and most generous people.

I remember once on holiday when I had forgotten to bring my guitar and was itching to play. He said he would get me one of his, but I said, ‘I’m left-handed’. So, Jimmy had his roadie restring one of his guitars which he loaned me for the duration of the holiday. He then followed this act of generosity by giving me my own beautiful left-handed guitar that had been made by one of his guitar-making pals. It’s a beautiful instrument, and every time I play it now it’ll remind me of what a great man Jimmy was.

He had a most amazing lust for life and a beautiful sense of humour. When we swapped tales about the past his were so exotic and lush and involved sailing trips and surfing and so many exciting stories that it was hard for me to keep up with him.

Right up to the last minute his eyes still twinkled with a humour that said, ‘I love this world and I’m going to enjoy every minute of it’.

So many of us will miss Jimmy and his tremendous personality. His love for us all, and for mankind as a whole.

Last, but not least, is his songwriting and vocal ability. If someone made an interesting remark he repeated it in his gorgeous Louisiana drawl and said, ‘That’s a good idea for a song’. Most times it didn’t take too long for that song to appear. I was very happy to have played on one of his latest songs called ‘My Gummy Just Kicked In’. We had a real fun session and he played me some of his new songs. One, in particular, I loved was the song, ‘Bubbles Up’. And I told him that not only was the song great but the vocal was probably the best I’ve heard him sing ever. He turned a diving phrase that is used to train people underwater into a metaphor for life when you’re confused and don’t know where you are just follow the bubbles – they’ll take you up to the surface and straighten you out right away.

So long, Jim. You are a very special man and friend and it was a great privilege to get to know you and love you. Bubbles up, my friend.

Love, Paul

Paul McCartney – From Twitter / X, September 2, 2023

Paul McCartney – From Twitter / X, September 2, 2023
From Paul McCartney on Facebook, February 11, 2023 – Pictured left to right: Burt Bacharach, Paul and Jimmy Buffet
Jimmy Buffett and Paul McCartney – From Current Paul McCartney news thread (interviews, articles, miscellaneous) | Page 586 | Steve Hoffman Music Forums
From Facebook – Session from Jimmy Buffet’s last album

Last updated on December 3, 2023

Songs written or co-written by Jimmy Buffett

Recording sessions Jimmy Buffett participated in

Recording "My Gummie Just Kicked In"

2022 or 2023 ? • Songs recorded during this session appear on My Gummie Just Kicked In

Albums, EPs & singles by Jimmy Buffett

Albums, EPs & singles which Jimmy Buffett contributed to

Equal Strain on All Parts

By Jimmy Buffett • Official album

Contribution: Guitar, Vocals • 1 songs

My Gummie Just Kicked In

By Jimmy Buffett • Streaming

Contribution: Guitar, Vocals • 1 songs


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