Born In: Pascagoula, Mississippi
James William Buffett, popularly known as Jimmy Buffett, was an American musician and songwriter best known for his hit songs ‘Margaritaville’ and ‘Come Monday’. He started his musical career as a country artiste in the 1960s, and released his first album, ‘Down to Earth’ in 1970. His music combined elements of the country, rock, and pop genres of music with coastal and tropical lyrical themes. He formed the touring and recording band of singers and songwriters called Coral Reefer Band. He released over 30 albums, of which many had been certified gold or platinum. In 2003, he bagged his first Country Music Award for his song ‘It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere’. An accomplished writer as well, Buffett wrote three best-sellers—‘Tales from Margaritaville’, ‘Where Is Joe Merchant?’ and ‘A Pirate Looks at Fifty’. With his daughter Savannah Jane Buffett, he also co-wrote two children's books—‘The Jolly Mon’ and ‘Trouble Dolls’. The multi-talented Buffett was also an actor. He made several cameo appearances in films like ‘Repo Man’, ‘Hook’, ‘Cobb’, ‘Hoot’, ‘Congo’, and ‘From the Earth to the Moon’. He produced a number of musicals, including ‘Escape to Margaritaville.’ He collaborated with novelist Herman Wouk and produced a musical based on Wouk's novel ‘Don't Stop the Carnival’. He was also a successful businessman, with two restaurant chains named after his best-known songs. As of 2023, Jimmy Buffet wasone of the world's richest musicians (net worth believed to be $1 billion).
Also Known As: James William Buffett
Died At Age: 76
Spouse/Ex-: Jane Slagsvol (m. 1977), Margie Washichek (m. 1969–1972)
father: James Delaney Buffett Jr.
mother: Mary Lorraine Peets Buffett
siblings: Laurie Buffet
children: Cameron Marley Buffett, Sarah Delaney Buffett, Savannah Jane Buffett
Born Country: United States
U.S. State: Mississippi
Founder/Co-Founder: Mailboat Records
education: Auburn University
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Although he did not feature in any main roles in films, he made several cameo appearances in films like ‘Rancho Deluxe’, ‘Congo’, ‘From the Earth to the Moon’, and ‘Jurassic World.’
He and his second wife, Jane Slagsvol, have two daughters—Savannah Jane and Sarah Delaney. They also adopted a son, Cameron Marley. While Buffett and Jane separated in the late 1980s, they sorted out their differences and reconciled in 1991.
Buffett bought a house in St Barts on the Caribbean island. He loved to travel on the East Coast on his sailboat. He enjoyed flying as well and owned a Dassault Falcon 900, a French-built corporate jet aircraft. He also owned a Boeing Stearman, Lake Amphibian, and Grumman Albatross.
Buffett was well-known for his charity work as well. In 1981, he, along with former Florida governor Bob Graham founded the Save the Manatee Club, which is the world's leading manatee protection organization. He also supported the Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratory.
The singer was drawn into a controversy in 1983 when he recorded the song ‘God's Own Drunk’ for his album ‘Living and Dying in 3/4 Time’. Late entertainer Lord Buckley’s son sued him for $11 million for copyright infringement and claimed that Buffett had lifted portions of Buckley's song ‘A Tribute to Buckley’. The court, therefore, banned Buffett from performing the song at any show till the lawsuit was resolved.
Jimmy Buffet died in his sleep on September 1, 2023. The statement related to his death was shared on his account on X (formerly Twitter). The statement said: “Jimmy passed away peacefully on the night of 1 September surrounded by his family, friends, music and dogs. The cause of his death was not revealed.
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