Jimmy Buffet is a singer-songwriter with a long career in tropical-tinged country music, with more than 20 studio albums under his belt. He describes his own sound as “drunken Caribbean rock 'n' roll,” in reference to the island themes that are part of his signature in lyrics and sound.
He grew up in Mobile, Alabama and later moved to Mississippi to attend college, where he graduated with a history degree. He worked as a writer for Billboard magazine for about two years after he graduated, and in 1970 he began his career with a folk-rock album, Down to Earth. When a fellow musician took him busking on a trip to Florida, Buffet got his first taste of beachside living. Soon, he moved to Key West, Florida. This move inspired much of his musical aesthetic and brought a tropical flair to his work, which would become his signature.
His fourth album, “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes,” included “Margaritaville,” his most well-known song. In 1985, he opened a store that shared a name with his hit song. Two years later, he started the Margaritaville Cafe, and the brand has also expanded to include hotels and casinos.
In 2003, Buffet collaborated with country singer Alan Jackson for the song “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere,” which hit number one on country music charts and won an award from the Country Music Association. His 2004 album License to Chill reached number one on the Billboard charts and included several collaborations with other country music performers on songs like Hey, Good Lookin’. He released his second Christmas album, “‘Tis the SeaSon,” in 2016, and it includes covers of several classics and a few original songs.
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