Jimmy Buffett: Nine Things You Probably Didn’t Know About The Mayor Of Margaritaville

Jimmy Buffett: Nine Things You Probably Didn’t Know About The Mayor Of Margaritaville

Despite what you may glean from our banner, Land of Punt is not an ardent follower of Jimmy Buffett or his music. In fact, LOP finds his beach bum persona quite anathema. We don’t see mirth and frivolity in his laidback tropical lifestyle; we see indolence, lack of productivity, and negligence.

Still, we cannot refute his amazing success. He’s sold million of albums (despite receiving limit radio play), his “Margaritaville” is one of the greatest sing-along songs ever written, and a Jimmy Buffett concert is still one of the best shows of the summer.

So to celebrate his career and his recent 63rd birthday (he was born on Christmas Day in 1946) we’ve compiled a list of nine things you probably didn’t know about Jimmy Buffett.

  • Parrot Head – The term parrot head, which is a commonly used term for a Jimmy Buffett fanatic (younger fans are called parakeets), was coined by musician Timothy B. Schmit back when he was a member of Buffett’s back-up band the “Coral Reefers.” Schmit is now a member of a little band called Eagles.
  • Struggles – Buffett’s first album, Down to Earth (released in 1970), sold just a few hundred copies. It was so bad that the label, Barnaby Records, “lost” the master tapes to his second offering High Cumberland Jubilee. Even more ignominious, nary a soul showed up for Buffett’s New Year’s Eve concert in 1971.
  • Cameos – Buffett has made cameo appearances in the films Hook, Cobb, Congo Man, From the Earth to the Moon, Repo Man, Rancho Deluxe, and FM. He was offered a cameo shot in the blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl but he turned it down.
  • Jamaica Mistacia – In 1996, Buffett’s Grumman HU-16 airplane was shot at by Jamaican police. The island fuzz believed Buffett was smuggling marijuana. The plane sustained some slight damage but Buffett escaped the ordeal unscathed. However, one of Buffett’s passengers that day was Bono. How different would music be today if those Jamaican cops had better aim?
  • Ejection – Buffett was ejected from a Miami Heat game in February of 2004 for shouting profanities. The zebra had no idea it was “The Jimmy Buffett” screaming at him and actually thought Miami head coach Pat Riley was insulting him when he brought up the term “parrot head.”
  • Author – What does Jimmy Buffett have in common with Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, William Styron, Irving Wallace, Dr. Seuss, and Mitch Albom? They’ve all reached number one on the New York Times Best Sellers lists for both fiction and non-fiction. Buffett’s fiction best sellers are Tales from Margaritaville and Where is Joe Merchant? His non-fiction best seller is A Pirate Looks At Fifty.
  • Business Man – Buffett is quite a successful business man. His ventures include the Margaritaville Cafe and Cheeseburger in Paradise restaurant chains, producing his own beer called Land Shark Lager, and partnering with Harrah’s Entertainment to launch Margaritaville Casino & Resort in Biloxi, Mississippi in the spring of 2010.
  • Miami Dolphins – In 2009, Buffett and Anheuser-Busch bought the naming rights to Dolphin Stadium for eight months. The name was changed to Land Shark Stadium (after Land Shark Lager). In addition, Buffet worked with T-Pain to create a new fight song for the team. However, the fans hated the track so much that the franchise had to ditch it. Instead Buffet’s “Fins” was played after every Dolphins’ score.
  • The Big Eight – “Margaritaville,” “Come Monday,” “Fins,” “Volcano,” “A Pirate Looks At Forty,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” “Why Don’t We Get Drunk (And Screw),” and “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes” are known as the Big Eight and are generally played at every show.

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