JIMMY BUFFETT FACTS
Genre: Soft rock, Country
Hometown: Pascagoula, Mississippi.
Albums: Down to Earth (1970), A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean (1973), A1A (1974), Havana Daydreamin' (1976), Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes (1977) Son of a Son of a Sailor (1978), Volcano (1979), One Particular Harbor (1983), Riddles in the Sand (1984), Last Mango In Paris (1985), Fruitcakes (1994), Barometer Soup (1995), Banana Wild (1996), Don't Stop the Carnival (1998), Beach House on the Moon (1999), License to Chill (2004), Take the Weather with You (2006) and Buffett Hotel (2009).
Awards: 1 Academy of Country Music Award, 1 CMT Music Award, 1 Country Music Association Award.
Hits: "Margaritaville," "Cheeseburger in Paradise," "Come Monday," "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere," "Hey Good Lookin."
Other: Jimmy Buffett's dedicated group of fans call themselves "Parrotheads" in honor of the artist's island-inspired style.
With his cool and relaxed beach bum style and smooth melodies, Jimmy Buffett has made a career crafting laid back soft rock with a touch of island flair, which has garnered him millions of fans throughout the world. Raised in Pascagoula, Miss., Buffett went to college at the University of Southern Mississippi, but after college he moved to Nashville to pursue a career in country music. After playing in a series of small country bands throughout the early 1970s, Buffett never caught his big break but found his niche soon after moving to Key West in the early part of the decade and adopting the easygoing island persona that has informed his music.
Buffett's first major breakthrough came in 1973 with White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean, which featured instant party hits like "Why Don't We Get Drunk (And Screw)." The album climbed into the top 50 of the U.S. country charts, but had its own unique tropical flair that set Buffett apart from his contemporaries. Buffett put out a series of albums over the course of the 1970s, but none bigger than Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes. The record featured Buffett's most famous song, "Margaritaville," and was Buffett's first platinum record.
Buffett scored two more major successes in the 1970s with the albums Son of a Son of a Sailor and Volcano, which both jumped into the top 15 of the U.S. country charts. Buffett also enjoyed a major resurgence during the 1990s, when he released five albums, each of which went either platinum or gold. With his many successful restaurants and yearly tours, Buffett continues to be a fixture on the summer concert scene with legions of "Parrotheads" eagerly awaiting his next tour date.