In the past, Jimmy Buffett, the singer, songwriter, author, sailor, and successful brand behind ‘Margaritaville’ and ‘Parrots’ like successful movies, escaped from the island as a carefree brand, only to become a legendary hero of a final chapter, especially among devoted fans of the Parroted community. Sadly, he passed away on Saturday. He was 76 years old.”

The announcement of their death was made on their website. However, the statement did not reveal where their death occurred, nor did it provide any reasons. Mr. Buffett had organized a series of concerts again in the spring season and mentioned that he had been admitted to the hospital, though he did not provide any further details.Mr. Buffett’s brilliance awoke a world of sun, salty waters, and nonstop parties for the nautical Kazakhs, smugglers, beachgoers, and snowbirds. This world was brought to life by his Limber Coral Reef Band’s calypso country-rock fusion. His live shows were filled with long songs and iconic infographics of holiday celebrations, where he used to conduct a communal lottery on the summer concert circuit, similar to the fervent fans of the Grateful Dead.”

Mr. Jimmy Buffett primarily collaborated with other musicians to find success. He enjoyed a brief stint on the pop singles chart with ‘Margaritaville,’ which was part of his successful 1977 film. It was his only single to reach the pop top 10.

 

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I changed my flop into a hit, stepped into the pop scene, and left my worries behind,” he sang while partying on the Caribbean shores. “But there’s booze in the blender, and soon it will render, frozen concoctions that help me hang on.”

The music of Mr. Buffett was often described as a blend of “Gulf and Western” – a fusion of Gulf Coast culture and island vibes. This term was coined by a group named Gulf and Western, a drama, associated with Paramount Pictures’ former parent company, and it was an approval of the mix of laid-back twang and island-based sounds.. His songs fell into two important categories: “Kam Manday” and “Aye Pirate Looks at Forty,” such as carefree songs, and clever tempo numbers like “Cheeseburger in Paradise.” Some of them, like “Son of a Son of a Sailor,” paid homage to Mr. Buffett’s seafaring grandfather, written in 1978 in dedication to Mr. Buffett’s maritime roots, co-written with producer Norbert Putnam.”

He sang, .My tradition survives, because the sea is in my blood. I’m happy that I don’t reside in a trailer.

Early and Personal Life

Buffett married Margie Washichek in 1969. They divorced in 1971. Buffett, while completing the genre of “Caribbean rock ‘n’ roll,” spent several years in Key West, Florida, working with industrialist Foster Talgat on Petticoat III. Buffett and his second wife, Jane (née Slagsvol), had two daughters, radio personality Savannah Jane and film producer Sarah Delaney (Sarah’s name was almost Sarah Loren, after her grandmother, but instead was named Sarah Delaney after her grandfather ). They also had a son, Cameron Marley, and lived in Sag Harbor, New York, and Palm Beach, Florida. Early in the 1980s, they split up, but they got back together in 1991.

Jimmy Buffett also had a house in the Caribbean island of Saint Barths, where he used to visit in the early 1980s when he was part of the ownership of the Autour de Rocher hotel and restaurant. During the summer months, he would travel along the eastern coast on his sailing boat. An avid pilot, Buffett owned a Dassault Falcon 900 that he frequently used on concert tours and during his travels worldwide. Throughout his life, he also owned Boeing Stearman, Cessna Citation, Lake Amphibian, and Grumman Albatross aircraft.

“On August 25, 1994, at 3:00 AM Eastern Time, Buffett attempted to land his Grumman  G-44 Widgeon  N1471N, Nantucket, Massachusetts, in the waters but crashed. The aircraft nose-dived, and Buffett survived with minor injuries, maintaining his composure while swimming to safety.

His father passed away on May 1, 2003, at the age of 83 and then his mother passed away four months later on September 25 at the age of 82.

In 2015, Buffett delivered a commencement address at the graduation ceremony of the University of Miami and received an honorary doctorate in music. Wearing flip-flops and aviator sunglasses, he told graduates in one line from his song “Pascagoula Run,” “It’s time to see the world, time to kiss a girl, and time to cross the wild meridian.

Buffett was a supporter of the Democratic Party and hosted fundraisers for Democratic politicians, including Hillary Clinton in 2016.

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Jimmy Buffett & Jane Slagsvol

In 2023, a newly discovered species of crustacean, Gnathia Jimmy Buffet was named after Buffett.

Buffett’s journey ends  on September 1, 2023, at the age of 76. The singer’s death was announced on his social media pages and his website. In a statement released by the family, they said, “Jimmy peacefully passed away at his home on the night of September 1st, surrounded by his family, friends, music, and dogs. He lived his life like a song and his absence will be deeply felt by many.

Business Ventures

Buffett leveraged his name and his music to initiate several business ventures, often with a nautical theme. In 1987, he opened Margaritaville Café in Key West, Florida. He owned Landshark Bar & Grill in Baltimore, Maryland and prior to that, he was the owner of Cheeseburger in Paradise restaurant, which he sold for $11 million in 2012.In the 1980s, his friendship with investor Warren Buffett led to him becoming a shareholder in Warren’s holding company over the years. They jokingly referred to each other as “Cousin Jimmy” and “Uncle Warren,” though they were not related. As a baseball enthusiast, he was the owner of two minor league teams: the Miami/Fort Myers Miracle (1989–2014) and the Madison Black Wolves (1996–2000).

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Jimmy Buffett

 

Charity Work

“Buffett was involved in many charitable efforts. In 1981, he co-founded the Save the Manatee Club with former Florida Governor Bob Graham. The West Indian Manatee license plate, introduced in Florida in 1989, featured the “Save the Manatee” slogan and raised funds dedicated to the Save the Manatee Club. Buffett lent his name to one of the trained manatees, allowing fans to interact with researchers at Mote Marine Laboratory.

On November 23, 2004, Buffett and his fans gathered in Orlando, Florida, for his “Surviving the Storm” hurricane relief concert, raising funds to provide assistance to those affected by the four major hurricanes that year in Florida, Alabama, and the Caribbean.

“On January 18, 2008, Buffett performed a concert in Hong Kong, raising $63,000 for the charity fund of non-resident correspondents’ clubs. It was his first concert in Hong Kong and sold out within weeks. Buffett not only performed for free but also covered the drinks and beer expenses of the concert-goers.

On July 11, 2010, Jimmy Buffett, a Gulf Coast resident, held a free concert on the beach in Gulf Shores, Alabama. This concert was a response to the BP oil spill disaster in the Gulf. The concert was broadcast on CMT television. 35,000 free tickets were distributed in minutes to help bring people back to the shores of Alabama. Buffett sang several famous songs, including modified versions of “Fins,” “Son of a Son of a Sailor,” “A Pirate Looks at Forty,” and “Margaritaville” . They also referenced the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the chorus: “It’s always somethin’ / When you live on the coast.”

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