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Music – Tropical Rock / Pop / Reggae – Jimmy Buffett – L E’s Stories – “The King Of Tropical Rock And Master Of Island Escapism and For All Parrot Heads “- The Life and Legend of Jimmy Buffett – Part 2

Beginning of Jimmy Buffett Part 2

 

 

Buffett’s music combined country, rock, folk, calypso, and pop music with coastal as well as tropical lyrical themes for a sound sometimes called “gulf and western” (or tropical rock).

 

 

 

Music – Live in Concert – 1983 – An Austin City Limits Production Special – “Jimmy Buffett: Live at Austin City Limits

 

 

Buffett called his music “drunken Caribbean rock ‘n’ roll”…..while saying “It’s pure escapism is all it is…..I’m not the 1st one to do it, nor shall I probably be the last.  But I think it’s really a part of the human condition that you’ve got to have some fun.  You’ve got to get away from whatever you do to make a living or other parts of life that stress you out.  I try to make it at least 50/50 fun to work and so far it’s worked out.”

 

Music – 2022 – Live in Convect in Texas – Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band – Entire Concert                                                      

 

In 1989, a music critic in The Washington Post described Buffett’s music as a combination of “tropical languor with country funkiness into what some [have] called the Key West sound, or Gulf-and-western.”  The name “Gulf-and-western” derives from elements in Buffett’s early music including musical influence from country, along with lyrical themes from the coast of the Gulf of Mexico…..as it is a play on the form of “Country & Western”….. and Gulf+Western is the former parent company of Paramount Pictures. 

Music – Live in Concert – 1985 – An MCA Home Video Production Special – “Jimmy Buffett:  Live at the Bay, Miami, Florida” – Entire Concert

 

In 2020, The Associated Press described Buffett’s sound as a “special Gulf Coast blend of country, pop, folk and rock, topped by Buffett’s swaying voice.  Few can mix steelpans, trombones and pedal steel guitar so effortlessly.”  The DC Metro Theatre Arts magazine, in a 2019 review for Buffett’s musical Escape to Margaritaville, described Buffett’s music as “blend[ing] Caribbean, country, rock, folk, and pop music into a good-natured concoction variously classified as “trop rock” or “gulf and western”.

 

 

 

Music – Live in Concert – 2018 – A Kevin Wilkinson Production Special – “Jimmy Buffett: Live in Tallahassee, FL – Featuring Matt Hoggatt Singing Dear Jimmy Buffett”                                                                          

 

 

Musicians that have cited Buffett as a musical influence include Greg “Fingers” Taylor, a former member of Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band, as well as musicians that have “latched on to his seaside-and-booze themes” such as Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson and Zac Brown. 

 

 

 

Music – Live in Concert at Boston’s Fenway Park – A wmrrock Production Special  “Jimmy Buffett – Performs Why Don’t We Get Drunk And Screw and Sweet Caroline”                                                                       

 

 

Parrot Head or parrothead is a commonly used nickname for Buffet fans with parakeets or keets used for younger fans and children of Parrotheads.  At a 1985 Jimmy Buffett concert at Timberwolf Amphitheater at  Kings Island in   Mason, Ohio…..that’s when Buffett commented about everyone wearing Hawaiian shirts and parrot hats…..and how they kept coming back to see his shows, kinda like the Grateful Dead’s Deadheads…..and then member of the Coral Reefer Band, Timothy B. Schmit, coined the term Parrot Head to describe them.   In 1989 the 1st Parrothead club was founded in Atlanta. 

Music – Live in Concert in Columbus, Ohio – 1998 – A Darth Brad Media Production Special – “Jimmy Buffett:  Don’t Stop the Carnival 1998 Tour” – Entire Concert 

In 1989, the Parrothead Club was founded in Atlanta.  The annual Meeting of the Minds in Key West, Florida is a 5-day festival held after Fantasy Fest attracts approximately 5,000 Parrotheads…..as most of Buffett’s fanbase is composed of baby boomers…..who love tailgate parties and alcohol consumption. 

 

 

 

Music & News – Live in Concert on Long Island’s Jones Beach – 2018 – A CBS New York Production Special – “Jimmy Buffett: Parrotheads and Tailgate Parties”

 

 

Buffett wrote three books, all of which placed on the The New York Times Best Seller list…..when Tales from Margaritaville and Where Is Joe Merchant?  both spent over seven months on The New York Times Best Seller fiction list. His memoir A Pirate Looks at Fifty, published in 1998, went straight to #1 on the New York Times Best Seller nonfiction list…..thus making him one of the few authors to have reached # 1 on both the fiction and nonfiction lists.  Buffett also co-wrote two children’s books, The Jolly Mon and Trouble Dolls, with his eldest daughter, Savannah Buffett.  The original hardcover release of The Jolly Mon included a cassette tape recording of the two reading the story accompanied by an original score written by Michael Utley.  Buffett’s novel A Salty Piece of Land was released on November 30, 2004…..and the 1st edition of the book included a CD single of the song “A Salty Piece of Land.” The book was a New York Times best seller soon after its release.  Buffett’s last title, Swine Not?, was released on May 13, 2008.

 

 

 

Music – Mini Documentary – 2023 – A Grunge Production Special – “Jimmy Buffett: The Side Of Jimmy Buffett You Never Knew Existed”

 

 

Buffett wrote the soundtrack for, co-produced, and played a role in, the 2006 film Hoot, directed by Wil Shriner and based on the book by Carl Hiaasen, which focused on issues important to Buffett, such as conservation.  The film was not a critical or commercial success.

 

 

 

Movie & Music – Official Movie Trailer – 2006 – For the Movie “HOOT” – Starring Jimmy Buffett + Luke Wilson + Logan Lerman + Brie Larson + Tim Blake Nelson + Neil Flynn + Robert Wagner

 

 

Among his other film music credits are the theme song to the short-lived 1993 CBS television series Johnny Bago…..and “Turning Around” for the 1985 film Summer Rental starring John Candy…..along with “I Don’t Know (Spicoli’s Theme)” for the film Fast Times at Ridgemont High…..“Hello, Texas” for the 1980 John Travolta film Urban Cowboy…..and “If I Have To Eat Someone (It Might As Well Be You)” for the animated film FernGully: The Last Rainforest…..which was sung in the film by rap artist Tone Loc.  Buffett made cameo appearances in Repo Man, Hook, CobbHootCongo and From the Earth to the Moon.  He also made cameo appearances as himself in Rancho Deluxe…..for which he also wrote the music…..and in FM.  Buffett reportedly was offered a cameo role as a pirate in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, but declined the offer.                                               

 

 

 

Movie & Music – 2022 – From the John Candy Movie Summer Rental – Jimmy Buffett – “Turning Around”

 

 

 

Music – From the Movie Fast Times At Ridgemont High – Jimmy Buffett – “I Don’t Know”

 

 

 

Movie & Music – Official Movie Trailer – 1980 – For the Movie “Urban Cowboy” – Jimmy Buffett – “Hello Texas”

 

 

 

Music – For Animated Movie Ferngully The Last Rainforest – Tone Loc Sings Jimmy Buffett Song “If I’m Gonna Eat Somebody (It Might as Well Be You)”

 

 

 

In the South Park episode “Tonsil Trouble”, an animated version of Buffett (but not voiced by Buffett) sang “AIDSburger in Paradise” and “CureBurger in Paradise”.  Buffett appeared on the Sesame Street special, Elmopalooza, singing “Caribbean Amphibian” with the popular Muppet, Kermit the Frog.

 

 

 

Music – Animated Song for South Park Episode “Tonsil Trouble” – Jimmy Buffett Song – “AIDSBurger in Paradise”

 

 

 

Music – Animated Song for South Park Episode “Tonsil Trouble” – Jimmy Buffett Song – “CureBurger in Paradise”

 

 

Music – Animated Song From Sesame Street – 2021 – Kermit the Frog & Jimmy Buffett Duet – “Caribbean Amphibian”

 

 

Buffett portrayed helicopter pilot Frank Bama in seven episodes of the 2010 reboot of Hawaii Five-0, in 2011, April 2013, March 2015, January 2017, March 2018, May 2019, and March 2020.

 

 

 

Music – Story Tellers – 2022 – An All The Stories I Can Tell Production Special – “Jimmy Buffett: Captain Tony Spins A Tale About Jimmy Buffett At Captain Tony’s Saloon in Key West, Florida”

 

 

Buffett made a cameo in the 2015 film Jurassic World, where he is seen holding two margaritas while the dinosaurs are set loose in the park.

 

 

 

Music – Movie Clip – 2015 – A Nick Hansen Production Special – “Scene of the Terradactyl Dinasours in Movie Jurassic World” – With Jimmy Buffett as the 2-Fisted Margarita Escapee

 

 

In 2017, Buffett was the musical guest on the NCIS: New Orleans episode “Rogue Nation”, playing the song “I Will Play for Gumbo” in Dwayne Pride’s (Scott Bakula) newly rebuilt bar.

 

 

 

Music – Live in Concert – 2011 – Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band et al – “I Play For Gumbo” – Live at the Gulf Coast Oil Spill Benefit

 

 

In 2019, Buffett had an extended cameo playing himself in the Harmony Korine film The Beach Bum.

 

 

 

Music – Mini Documentary – 2022 – A Scott Atwell’s Buffett Backstories Production Special – “Jimmy Buffet’s Key West”                                                                                                                                                            

 

 

Buffett took advantage of the tropical “island escapism” lifestyle that fans of his music sought by launching several business ventures to sell this lifestyle to his fans.  Through his Margaritaville brand, Buffett licensed hotels, casinos, cruise experiences, restaurants and bars, packaged foods, beverages, spirits, outdoor furniture, home goods, appliances, and apparel and accessories.  In 1984, he and a friend opened a T-shirt shop in Gulf Shores, Alabama…..when after it failed, in 1985, they tried again in Key West….while expanding to what became Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville in 1987.  The chain opened restaurants under the Margaritaville and LandShark Bar & Grill names in locations including Atlantic City, New Orleans, Nashville, Turks and Caicos, Las Vegas, Jamaica, Orlando, Baltimore, and the Cayman Islands et al. Buffett previously owned the Cheeseburger in Paradise Restaurant chain, founded in 2002 in partnership with Bloomin’ Brands…..which was sold to Luby’s for $11 million in 2012 and shut down in 2020.

 

 

 

Music – Mini Documentary – 2022 – A Mashed Production Special – “Jimmy Buffett: The Untold Truth About Margaritaville”

 

In 1992, he launched Margaritaville Records, with distribution through MCA Records.  His MCA record deal ended in 1996.  In 1999, he started Mailboat Records to release live albums.

 

 

 

Music & News – Mini Documentary – 2018 – A CBS Sunday Morning Production Special – “Jimmy Buffett:  And His Parrothead Fans”            

 

 

Buffett sought and received a concert sponsorship from Corona…..whereas  this partnership was credited for increasing sales of the brand.  After that, he decided that he wanted his own beer brand…..so in 2006, he partnered with Anheuser-Busch to brew Land Shark Lager…..which is now one of the Anheuser-Busch brands.

 

 

 

Music – Mini Documentary – 2022 – A Bloomberg Quicktake Production Special – “Jimmy Buffett: How Jimmy Buffett Went From Musician To Business Mogul”

 

 

In 2013, Buffett partnered with the Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey, to open the $35 million Jimmy Buffett Margaritaville-themed entertainment complex at the hotel, which included a Margaritaville Restaurant with a giant blender and tiki bar, a Landshark Bar and Grill, the 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar, a coffee shop, a retail store, and a gaming area with 12 Margaritaville-themed table games and 160 slot machines.

 

 

 

Music – Cell Phone Video Special – 2012 – A titaniumlabel Production Special – “Jimmy Buffett: Landshark Grill in Atlantic City, NJ”

 

 

 

From May 8, 2009, through January 5, 2010, the home stadium of the Miami Dolphins, now called Hard Rock Stadium, was named LandShark Stadium pursuant to an eight-month naming rights deal.  Buffett also wrote new lyrics for the team to his 1979 song “Fins”, which is played during Dolphins home games.

 

 

 

Music & News – Special NFL Stadium Naming Ceremony – 2015 – An AP Archives Production Special – “Jimmy Buffett:  Opening of Landshark Stadium for the NFL Miami Dolphins”

 

 

In 2017, Latitude Margaritaville, a 3,900-home $1 billion retirement village near Interstate 95 in Daytona Beach, Florida, was announced by Buffett in partnership with Minto Group.  The partnership announced similar retirement communities on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, also in 2017 and in Panama City Beach, Florida, in 2021.

 

 

 

 Music – Video Tours – May 2023 – A Latitude Margaritaville Production Special – “Jimmy Buffett:  Living Easy at Latitude Margaritaville Retirement Community In Hilton Head, NC” –  

 

 

In September 2018, Buffett teamed with Wrigley Company heir William Wrigley Jr. II’s Surterra Holdings to license “Coral Reefer” brand marijuana it launched in April 2019.

 

 

Music & News – 2019 – A  Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer By Christine Sclafani | TNMNews.com | Marijuana News, Cannabis Culture

 

 

 

In the 1980’s, Buffett became friends with Warren Buffett and a shareholder in Berkshire Hathaway, increasing his stake over the years…..while they called each other “Cousin Jimmy” and “Uncle Warren”…..albeit they were not related. 

 

 

 

Music – Official Video – 2012 – A Crypto Floridian Production Special – Jimmy Buffett – “Mother Ocean” – From the Album A Pirate Looks At Forty                                                                                                                            

 

 

In 1994, Buffett began developing a musical based on Herman Wouk’s 1965 novel, Don’t Stop the Carnival. Buffett wrote the music and lyrics and Wouk wrote the book for the show. Don’t Stop the Carnival debuted in Miami, Florida, in 1997 to negative reviews from critics.  The show ran only for six weeks in Miami.

 

 

 

Music – 1987 – From the Album One Particular Harbor – Jimmy Buffett – “Brown Eyed Girl”                                         

 

 

Escape to Margaritaville, a musical, ran at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego from May 2017 to July 2017. The show then performed limited runs in New Orleans, Houston, and Chicago, and was well received by critics. The show features a book by Greg Garcia and Mike O’Malley and uses Buffett’s classic songs, some of which he rewrote the lyrics to in order to better fit in the context of the story. The show began previews at the Marquis Theatre on Broadway on February 16, 2018, and officially opened on March 15 under the direction of Tony winner Christopher Ashley. The Broadway production received mixed reviews from New York critics and closed on July 1 after 29 previews and 124 regular performances. A national tour launched in Providence, Rhode Island, in the fall of 2019.

 

 

 

Music – Broadway Musical – 2018 – A Broadwaycom Production Special – “Show Clips: Escape To Magaritaville – Starring Paul Alexander Nolan”                                                                                                          

 

 

Music – Broadway Musical – 2018 – A CBS Sunday Morning Production Special – “Jimmy Buffett: Comes To Broadway”

In 1981, the Save the Manatee Club, a 501(c)(3) organization, was founded by Buffett and former Florida governor Bob Graham.  In 1986, Buffett began work to introduce the “Save the Manatee” license plate…..which featured an image of a West Indian manatee…..with proceeds going to the Save the Manatee Club.  Buffett was also a major donor to the Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratory.  In 1987, Buffett lobbied for the reauthorization of the Endangered Species Act of 1973.

 

 

 

Music & News – Official Manatee Conservation Video – 2023 – A WINK News Production Special – “Jimmy Buffett: Helped Lead Manatee Protection in Florida

 

 

On July 11, 2010, along with Jesse Winchester and Allen Toussaint, Buffett, a Gulf Coast native, performed a free concert for 35,000 people on the beach in Gulf Shores, Alabama to draw tourism to the area in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  Buffett changed some of the lyrics of his songs to reference the environmental disaster.

 

 

 

Music – Live in Concert – 2010 – A CMT Gulf Shores Benefit Production Special – “Jimmy Buffett:  Along with Jesse Winchester + Allen Toussaint Perform a Free Concert for 35,000 Parrotheads”   

 

 

Music – Live in Concert – 2010 – A CMT Gulf Shores Benefit Production Special“Jimmy Buffett:  Along with Jesse Winchester + Allen Toussaint Perform a Free Concert for 35,000 Parrotheads” – As Jesse Winchester Sings “Mississippi You’re On My Mind”                               

 

 

Buffett performed at several hurricane relief concerts including the Surviving the Storm hurricane relief concert in November 2004, which raised funds to support relief efforts for the four major hurricanes that year: Hurricane Charley, Hurricane Frances, Hurricane Ivan, and Hurricane Jeanne and a hurricane relief concert in November 2017 with Kenny Chesney and Toby Keith.

 

 

 

Music – Live Surviving the Storm Concert – 2017 – Live From Tallahassee, Florida – Jimmy Buffett + Kenny Chesney + Toby Keith Et Al – Perform a Live Hurricane Benefit Concert Show (Entire Concert)

 

 

After the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Buffett brought tents via his seaplane to donate to those that lost their homes.  In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, Buffett sent private planes to help ferry supplies and gave a benefit concert in Gustavia, Saint Barthélemy.  In January 2008, Buffett performed a concert in Hong Kong that raised funds for the Foreign Correspondents’ Club Charity Fund to support needy children.

 

 

 

Music – Live in Concert – 2019 – A Simon C Production Special – “Jimmy Buffett: Las Vegas Son of a Sailor High Tide Tour Show” – Entire Concert

 

 

Buffett married Margie Washichek in 1969; they divorced in 1972.  Buffett met his second wife, Jane (née Slagsvol), then a student from the University of South Carolina, at the Chart Room bar while she was visiting Key West on spring break; she never went back to school. They were married in 1977 in Aspen, where the Eagles, for whom Buffett was the opening act in 1975, played at the wedding.  They had two daughters: radio personality Savannah Buffett (born 1979) and filmmaker Sarah Delaney (born 1992), and an adopted son, Cameron Marley (born 1994).  They split in the early 1980s due to their partying lifestyle but reconciled in 1991 after she got sober.

 

 

 

 

Music – Family Profile – 2023 – A The List Production Special – “Jimmy Buffett: Here’s What We Know About Jimmy Buffett’s Wife, Jane Slagsvol”

 

 

Music – A Wife’s Eulogy – September 1, 2023 – A Country Cast Production Special – “Jimmy Buffett’s Wife Jane: Has Released An Emotional and Heartbreaking Message to Jimmy Buffet’s Fans”

 

 

Buffett resided in a waterfront estate in Sag Harbor, New York.  In 2010, he sold his house in Palm Beach, Florida, for $18.5 million…..which he had bought in 1994 for $4.4 million.  At that time, he also owned a 2-unit property in the area…..which he purchased in 2002 for $802,000.  In 2013, he purchased another house in Palm Beach, with 3,100 square feet, for $1.3 million.  In 2020, he sold a 4,783-square-foot house in Palm Beach for $6.9 million…..which he had paid $4.95 million for in 2011.  Buffett also owned a home in Saint Barthélemy…..where he lived on and off in the early 1980’s. There, he was part owner of the Autour de Rocher hotel and restaurant….. which eventually burned down.  He also owned an apartment in the Deutsche Bank Center in New York City.

 

 

 

Music – Mini Documentary – 2023 – A Lifestyle & Net Worth Production Special – “Jimmy Buffett:  His Lifestyle and Net Worth”                                        

 

 

Buffett was a devoted New Orleans Saints fan…..while having attended the team’s 1st game at Tulane Stadium in 1967.  On April 1, 2012, he had Saints head coach Sean Payton serve as an honorary member of the Coral Reefer Band at a concert in New Orleans in protest of Payton’s suspension by the National Football League as a result of the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal.

 

 

 

Music – Live in Concert – 2012 – A drneworleans Production Special – “Jimmy Buffet & The Coral Reefer Band: Live with Sean Payton & Sonny Landreth in New Orleans at NCAAM Final Four”

 

 

Buffett was an avid pilot and owned a Dassault Falcon 900 jet that he often used while on concert tours and during his travels. At various points, he also owned a Boeing Stearman, Cessna Citation, Lake Amphibian, Pilatus PC-12, and Grumman Albatross.  On August 25, 1994, around 3:00 pm Eastern time, Buffett crashed his Grumman G-44 Widgeon, N1471N, while attempting to take off in the waters off Nantucket, Massachusetts. The airplane nosed over, and Buffett was able to swim to safety, sustaining only minor injuries. 

               

 

 

Music – Special – 2023 – A Nautical Dis Production Special – “Jimmy Buffett: The Story of Jimmy Buffett the Flying Pirate”

 

 

 

Music – Special – 2023 – A Grunge Production Special – “Jimmy Buffett: How Jimmy Buffett Survived His 1994 Plane Crash”

 

On February 4, 2001, Buffett was ejected from the American Airlines Arena (now the Kaseya Center) in Miami during a basketball game between the Miami Heat and the New York Knicks for cursing…..when the referee who ejected Buffett apparently did not know who he was…..and got upset at Heat coach Pat Riley because he thought Riley…..who was trying to explain to him who Buffett was…..but thought that the Coach was insulting him by asking if he had ever been a “Parrothead”, the nickname for Buffett fans.

 

 

 

 Music & News – Tribute – 2023 – A CNN News Production Special – “Jimmy Buffett: A Look Back at His Most Memorable Moments”

 

 

On October 6, 2006, Buffett was detained by French customs officials in Saint Tropez for allegedly carrying over 100 pills of ecstasy…..as Buffett’s luggage was searched after his Dassault Falcon 900 private jet landed at Toulon-Hyères International Airport…..for which he paid a fine of $300 and was released.  A spokesperson for Buffett stated the pills in question were prescription drugs…..but declined to name the drug or the health problem for which he was being treated.  Buffett released a statement that the “ecstasy” was in fact a B-vitamin supplement known as Foltx.

 

 

 

 Music & News – Tribute – 2023 – A CBS Sunday Morning Production Special – “Jimmy Buffett: As Remembered by CBS Contributor Bill Flanagan”

 

 

On January 26, 2011 (Australia Day), Buffett was performing a concert in Australia at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion, when he fell off the stage after an encore.  Coincidentally, one of Australia’s leading trauma surgeons, Gordian Fulde, was at the concert and close to the stage; Fulde treated Buffett at the scene.  Buffett regained consciousness within a few minutes, and was then transported to St. Vincent’s Hospital Emergency Centre for treatment and was discharged the next day.  Buffett returned to Australia in 2012 for two shows in Brisbane and Melbourne, and made fun of the incident during those shows.

 

 

 

Music – Entire Live in Concert from Australia – 2011 – A Virtual License To Chill Tour Production Special – “Jimmy Buffett:  Cabin Fever Virtual Tour”

 

 

In 2015, Buffett spoke at the University of Miami’s graduation ceremony and received an honorary doctorate in music. Wearing flip flops and aviator sunglasses, he told graduates, from a line in his song “The Pascagoula Run”, that “it’s time to see the world, time to kiss a girl and time to cross the wild meridian.”  In 2015, Buffett’s hometown of Pascagoula, Mississippi, named a bridge after him in his honor, Buffett Bridge.  A species of crustacean discovered in 2023, Gnathia jimmybuffetti, was named after Buffett.  By 2017, Buffett’s diet did not include sugar or carbohydrates, except on Sundays, and he no longer smoked marijuana.

 

 

 

Music – 2015 – A FunkHouse9Videos Production Special – “Jimmy Buffett: 2015 University of Miami Commencement Speech”

 

 

 

Music – Tribute – 2023 – A Todd Snider Production Special – “Tire Swing: A Tribute To The Life of Jimmy Buffett”

 

 

In May 2023, Buffett was hospitalized to “address some issues that needed immediate attention”…..and rescheduled tour dates…..but in late August, he entered hospice care…..and died on September 1, 2023 at age 76 in his home in Sag Harbor, New York…..which was due to complications from Merkel-cell carcinoma, a rare and aggressive skin cancer, with which he had been diagnosed four years earlier.  He was surrounded by family, friends, music, and his dogs…..which was according to a statement released through his website.  During those final days, Paul McCartney visited Buffett’s house and performed for Buffett’s family.

 

 

 

Music – Mini Documentary – 2023 – A River Docs Production Special – “RIP Jimmy Buffett: From Altar Boy To Billionaire In One Short Lifetime”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
Music & News – Public Funeral – 2023 – A US Tonight Production Special – “Jimmy Buffett:  Mega Public Funeral Of Legendry Singer Jimmy Buffett in His Homeland”

It is with a subtle feeling of sadness that we have come to the end of this post….cuz less than 2 weeks ago on September 1, 2023….that is when the rarest version of all singer / songwriters passed away…..for here was a man who majored in “HAPPY MUSIC” his entire 60 years of writing and performing music for the ages.  The simple fact remains that Jimmy Buffett may be the most interesting musical artist ever.  Country music didn’t want him…..and rock music didn’t either…..and he really wasn’t folk…..cuz he was his very own thing. Amazing. To me he was a tropical country rock folk kinda artist. My point is that he was his own…..and there will never be another anything like him.   From all of us treasure seekers finding nuggets as we trace your past…..we just wanna say thanks Jimmy…..and know that our lives change like the weather but a legend never dies!  So, the big question becomes “What do you do when the person who gave you sounds of your youth with some of your best memories…becomes a memory?”…..well, while you have sailed on into that Key West sunset…..after leaving the world with your treasure trove of music to listen to for the rest of our days…..and we thank you.  Your music will resonate in our hearts and souls with its unswerving honesty, humor and thought-provoking lyrics and music.  You have been the story teller…..the rhymer…..and the adventurer…..who inspired and nudged us all into the magic of the gulf coast and the Caribbean.  As your sun was setting, you came up with th song, “Bubbles Up”…..which is a loving farewell and truly words of wisdom…..like so many other works of your magical art….and the world will live on in so many of us.  Jimmy, who else’s music could make everyone from introverts to frat boys dance together like friends?  You’ve left such a space here. Thank you for all the joy.  In these times when we seem to keep losing things and our way of life, Jimmy Buffett and his way of life we’re always something folks could count on…..for his passing brought a sense of sorrow that is almost impossible to shake…..kinda like losing part of your soul.  We lost a true American treasure.

 

 

Music – Mini Documentary – 2023 – A Taste of Country Production Special – “Jimmy Buffett: Last Days & Tributes”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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