Friday, July 13, 2012
Jimmy Buffett was born 65 years ago, in Mississippi. He spent his childhood years in the south, and is first musical instrument was the trombone. He didn't pick up a guitar until he was in college. He had music in his blood, and his first serious job was working at Billboard Magazine. His musical endeavors started as a country and folk guitar player. If you were lucky enough to be in Nashville back in the late 1960's you might have seen Mr. Buffett playing for coins on the streets. It took a couple more years for his tropical side to emerge. When it flowered, he found living in Key West was the perfect venue for his new style of playing.
In 1977, he released the now famous song Margaritaville. He rode that hit song across America, and profited handsomely from those live shows. His later work would never truly match that one song, but it didn't matter to his fans. They loved the beach-bum theme that accompanied his shows, and joined in as best they could. Parrottheads are what we now see at all the Buffett shows. Jimmy Buffett is also an accomplished writer, with three best sellers to his name. As long as fans keep reading his books and attending his shows, Jimmy Buffett will surely keep playing and writing.