Jimmy Buffett, legendary 'Margaritaville' singer, dies at 76


James William Buffett was born on Christmas day 1946 in Pascagoula, Mississippi, and raised in the port town of Mobile, Alabama.

He graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where he studied journalism, and went from busking the streets of New Orleans to playing six nights a week at Bourbon Street clubs.

Intent on becoming a country music singer, he moved to Nashville, where he released his first record, 'Down To Earth,' in 1970 and sold just 324 copies.

In 1972, leaving behind a failed marriage and a disappointing music career in Nashville, he moved to Key West, where his official bio says he 'helped to support himself by smuggling a little marijuana from the Caribbean.'

He kept releasing albums on a regular yearly clip, with his 1974 song 'Come Monday' from his fourth studio album 'Living and Dying in ¾ Time,' peaking at No. 30.

Then came 'Margaritaville' in 1977.

Buffett has said he was actually in Austin, Texas, when the inspiration struck for 'Margaritaville.'

He and a friend had stopped for lunch at a Mexican restaurant before she dropped him at the airport for a flight home to Key West, so they got to drinking margaritas.

'And I kind of came up with that idea of this is just like Margarita-ville,' Buffett told the Republic. 'She kind of laughed at that and put me on the plane. And I started working on it.'

He wrote some on the plane and finished it while driving down the Keys. 'There was a wreck on the bridge,' he said. 'And we got stopped for about an hour so I finished the song on the Seven Mile Bridge, which I thought was apropos.'

#Rest Easy Jimmy... :(
Jimmy Buffett, the singer-songwriter who drew millions of fans with his folksy tales of living and loving on tropical sandy beaches, frozen concoction in hand, died Friday. He was 76.

“Jimmy passed away peacefully on the night of September 1st surrounded by his family, friends, music and dogs,” a statement on his website said. “He lived his life like a song till the very last breath and will be missed beyond measure by so many.”

The statement didn't say where Buffett died or provide a cause of death. The singer had rescheduled concerts in May, and Buffett said on social media that he had been hospitalized...

Keith Sykes shared his memory of his friend Jimmy Buffet last January. Reposting if you missed it.

More than 100 of Sykes' songs have been recorded by John Prine, Rosanne Cash, The Judds, Jerry Jeff Walker, and George Thorogood, though he may be best known for co-writing "Volcano", the title track of Jimmy Buffett's 1979 album.

Music legend Jimmy Buffett died after a secret years-long battle with skin cancer, sources have revealed.

The singer-songwriter's death aged 76 was announced on Friday night, and an insider told TMZ his demise came four years after he was diagnosed with skin cancer that turned into lymphoma.

'He lived his life in the sun, literally and figuratively,' they said, adding that Buffett had began hospice care on Monday. Insiders said his failing health led to an outpouring of support from friends and family, and his friend Paul McCartney reportedly visited the Grammy nominee at his home within the last week to sing to him.
Jimmy Buffet absolutely made my life happy. In my youth, I joined a ParrotHead Club. Our group took a dive trip in order to celebrate our mutual pleasures. Thank you for the memories, Jimmy Buffet.

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