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Jimmy Buffett Biography

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Birth Name: James William Buffett
Born: 1946/12/25
Birth Place: Crossville, Alabama, U.S.
Years Active: 1968–present
Genres: Pop, All, Soft Rock, Gulf And Western, Beach Music, Trop Rock, Country, Easy Listening, Children's Music

James William “Jimmy” Buffett (born December 25, 1946) is a singer, songwriter, author, businessman and movie producer. He is best known for his music, which often portrays an island escapism lifestyle. He has a devoted base of fans known as “Parrotheads.”

Buffett began his musical career in Nashville, Tennessee during the late 1960s as a country artist and recorded his first album, the folk rock “Down to Earth,” in 1970. Buffett then moved to Key West and began establishing the easy-going beach bum persona for which he is known. Following this move, Buffett combined country, folk, and pop music with coastal as well as tropical lyrical themes for a sound sometimes called “gulf and western.”

Buffett's third album was 1973’s “A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean.” “A1A” followed in 1974, “Havana Daydreamin'” appeared in 1976, followed by 1977's “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes,” which featured the breakthrough hit song “Margaritaville.”

During the 1980s, Buffett made far more money off his tours than albums and became known as a popular concert draw. Buffett’s shows commonly feature his most popular songs, including “Margaritaville,” “Come Monday,” “Fins,” “Volcano,” “A Pirate Looks At Forty,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” “Why Don't We Get Drunk” and “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes.”

He released a series of albums during the following twenty years and also branched into writing and merchandising.

In 2003, he partnered in a partial duet with Alan Jackson for the song “It's Five O'Clock Somewhere,” a #1 hit on the Billboard Country Songs chart. This song won the 2003 Country Music Association Award for Vocal Event of the Year. This was Buffett’s first award of any kind for his music in his 30 year career.

Buffett's album, “License to Chill,” was released in 2004. With this, Buffett topped the Billboard 200 Albums chart for the first time in his three-decade career.

In 2006, he released the album, “Take The Weather With You.” The song “Breathe In, Breathe Out, Move On” on this album refers to 2005's Hurricane Katrina.

Of the over 30 albums Buffett has released, to date, he has eight gold certified albums and nine platinum or multi-platinum albums. In 2009, Buffett released his 28th studio album entitled “Buffet Hotel.”