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Jimmy Buffett

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Biography Dicography

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Jimmy Buffett translated his easygoing Gulf Coast persona into more than just a successful recording career -- he expanded into clothing, nightclubs, and literature -- but the basis of the business empire that kept him on the Fortune magazine list of highest-earning entertainers was his music. Born in southern Mississippi and raised in Alabama, Buffett moved to Nashville to try to make it in country music in the late '60s. After signing to the Barnaby label, he released one album, 1970's Down to Earth, from which the socially conscious single "The Christian?" suggested he might be more at home protesting in Greenwich Village. (Barnaby "lost" his second album, High Cumberland Jubilee, though they would find it and release it after he became successful.) Instead, the songwriter moved to Key West, Florida, where he gradually evolved into the beach-bum character and developed the tropical folk-rock style that would endear him to millions.

A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean Signing to ABC-Dunhill Records (later absorbed by MCA), Buffett achieved notoriety but not much else with his second (released) album, White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean (1973), which featured a song called "Why Don't We Get Drunk" ("...and screw?" goes the chorus). Buffett revealed a more thoughtful side on Living and Dying in 3/4 Time (1974), with its song of marital separation "Come Monday," his first singles chart entry. But it took the Top Ten song "Margaritaville" and the album in which it was featured, 1977's Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes, to capture Buffett's tropical world-view and, for a while, turn him into a pop star.

By the start of the '80s, Buffett's yearly albums had stopped going gold, and he briefly tried the country market again. But by the middle of the decade, it was his yearly summer tours that were filling his bank account, as a steadily growing core of Sun Belt fans he dubbed "Parrotheads" made his concerts into Mardi Gras-like affairs. Buffett launched his Margaritaville line of clothes and opened the first of his Margaritaville clubs in Key West. He also turned to fiction writing, landing on the book best-seller lists.

Feeding Frenzy His recording career, meanwhile, languished, though a hits compilation sold millions; a 1990 live album, Feeding Frenzy, went gold; and a 1992 box-set retrospective, Boats, Beaches, Bars, and Ballads, became one of the best-selling box sets ever. Buffett finally got around to making a new album in 1994, when Fruitcakes became one of his fastest-selling records. It was followed in 1995 by Barometer Soup and Banana Wind in 1996. The following year, Buffett began working on a musical adaptation of Herman Wouk's novel Don't Stop the Carnival with the author himself. After Broadway producers expressed little interest, the production ran for six weeks in Miami during 1997. In spring of 1998, Buffett released a collection of songs from the production as he began mulling over the idea of taking the play on the road. In 1999 he released Beach House on the Moon as well as Live: Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday.
Far Side of the World During the first few years of the millennium, Buffett's newly launched Mailboat label issued close to a dozen concert recordings, as well as the 2002 studio album Far Side of the World. Two years later, Buffett allowed RCA to distribute his second Mailboat studio album, License to Chill. Live albums recorded in Hawaii and Boston appeared in 2005, followed by an all-new collection of songs called Take the Weather with You in 2006 and two more live sets, Live in Anguilla in 2007 and Feeding Frenzy: Live in 2008. In 2009, Buffett released Buffet Hotel, his first new studio album in three years; it debuted at 17. Next up was Songs from St. Somewhere, which arrived in August of 2013 and debuted at four on the Billboard charts. Three years later, Buffett released 'Tis the SeaSon, his first Christmas album in 20 years.

-- William Ruhlmann, All Music Guide

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Come MondayCome Monday
Cheeseburger in ParadiseCheeseburger in Paradise
Changes In Latitudes, Changes In AttitudesChanges In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes


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1970Down To Earth
1973A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean
1974Living and Dying in 3/4 Time
1975Rancho Deluxe
1976Havana Daydreamin'
1976High Cumberland Jubilee
1977Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes
1978Son of a Son of a Sailor
1978You Had to Be There: Recorded Live
1981Coconut Telegraph
1982Somewhere Over China
1983One Particular Harbour
1984Riddles in the Sand
1985Last Mango in Paris
1988Hot Water
1989Off to See the Lizard
1990Feeding Frenzy
1995Barometer Soup
1995Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Cafe-New Orleans
1996Banana Wind
1996Christmas Island
1998Don't Stop the Carnival
1999Beach House on the Moon
1999Buffett Live: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays
2002Far Side of the World
2006Take the Weather With You
2009Buffet Hotel
2010Encores: Live
2013Songs from St. Somewhere
2016'Tis the SeaSon


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1970 Down To Earth

01. The Christian
02. Ellis Dee
03. The Missionary
04. A Mile High In Denver
05. The Captain And The Kid
06. Captain America
07. Ain't He A Genius
08. Turnabout
09. There's Nothing Soft About Hard Times
10. I Can't Be Your Hero Today
11. Truckstop Salvation

1973 A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean

01. The Great Filling Station Holdup
02. Railroad Lady
03. He Went To Paris
04. Grapefruit - Juicy Fruit
05. Cuban Crime Of Passion
06. Why Don't We Get Drunk
07. Peanut Butter Conspiracy
08. They Don't Dance Like Carmen No More
09. I Have Found Me A Home
10. My Lovely Lady
11. Death Of An Unpopular Poet

1974 Living and Dying in 3/4 Time

01. Pencil Thin Mustache
02. Come Monday
03. Ringling, Ringling
04. Brahma Fear
05. Brand New Country Star
06. Livingston's Gone To Texas
07. The Wino And I Know
08. West Nashville Grand Ballroom Gown
09. Saxophones
10. Ballad Of Spider John
11. God's Own Drunk

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1974 A-1-A

01. Makin' Music For Money
02. Door Number Three
03. Dallas
04. Presents To Send You
05. Stories We Could Tell
06. Life Is Just A Tire Swing
07. A Pirate Looks At Forty
08. Migration
09. Trying To Reason With Hurricane Season
10. Nautical Wheelers
11. Tin Cup Chalice

1975 Rancho Deluxe

01. Rancho Deluxe - Main Title
02. X-Mas Bonus
03. Ridin' In Style
04. Left Me With A Nail To Drive
05. Rustler's That's Us
06. Cattle Truckin'
07. Countin' the Cows Ev'ry Day
08. The Wrangler
09. Rancho Deluxe - End Title
10. Livingston Saturday Night
11. Dork
12. Some Gothic Ranch Action
13. Wonder Why You Ever Go Home
14. Hood Ornament
15. Fifteen Gears
16. Can't Remember When I Slept Last
17. Rancho Deluxe

1976 Havana Daydreamin'

01. Woman Goin Crazy on Caroline Street
02. My Head Hurts' My Feet Stink and I Dont Love Jesus
03. The Captain and the Kid
04. Big Rig
05. Defying Gravity
06. Havana Daydreamin'
07. Cliches
08. Something so Feminine About a Mandolin
09. Kick It in Second Wind 10. This Hotel Room
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1976 High Cumberland Jubilee

01. Ace
02. Rockefeller Square
03. Bend A Little
04. In The Shelter
05. Death Valley Lives
06. Livingston's Gone To Texas
07. England
08. Travelin' Clean
09. The Hangout Gang
10. God Don't Own A Car
11. High Cumberland Jubilee/Comin' Down Slow

1977 Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes

01. Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes
02. Wonder Why We Ever Go Home
03. Banana Republics
04. Tampico Trauma
05. Lovely Cruise
06. Margaritaville
07. In The Shelter
08. Miss You So Badly
09. Biloxi
10. Landfall

1978 Son of a Son of a Sailor

01. Son Of A Son Of A Sailor
02. Fool Button
03. The Last Line
04. Livingston Saturday Night
05. Cheeseburger In Paradise
06. Coast Of Marseilles
07. Cowboy In The Jungle
08. Mañana
09. African Friend

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1978 You Had to Be There: Recorded Live

Disc: 1

01. Son Of A Son Of A Sailor
02. Pencil Thin Mustache
03. Wonder Why We Ever Go Home
04. Landfall
05. Miss You So Badly
06. Havana Daydreamin'
07. Margaritaville
08. Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes
09. Come Monday
10. Perrier Blues
Disc: 2

01. Grapefruit-Juicy Fruit
02. God's Own Drunk
03. He Went To Paris
04. The Captain & The Kid
05. Why Don't We Get Drunk & Screw
06. A Pirate Looks At Forty
07. Tampico Trauma
08. Morris' Nightmare
09. Dixie Diner

1979 Volcano

01. Fins
02. Volcano
03. Treat Her Like A Lady
04. Stranded On A Sandbar
05. Chanson Pour Les Petits Enfants
06. Survive
07. Lady I Can't Explain
08. Boat Drinks
09. Dreamsicle
10. Sending The Old Man Home

1981 Coconut Telegraph

01. Coconut Telegraph
02. Incommunicado
03. It's My Job
04. Growing Older But Not Up
05. The Good Fight
06. The Weather Is Here, Wish You Were Beautiful
07. Stars Fell On Alabama
08. Island
09. Little Miss Magic

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1982 Somewhere Over China

01. Where's The Party
02. It's Midnight And I'm Not Famous Yet
03. I Heard I Was In Town
04. Somewhere Over China
05. When Salome Plays The Drum
06. Lip Service
07. If I Could Just Get It On Paper
08. Steamer
09. On A Slow Boat To China

1983 One Particular Harbour

01. Stars On The Water
02. I Used To Have Money One Time
03. Livin' It Up
04. California Promises
05. One Particular Harbour
06. Why You Wanna Hurt My Heart
07. Honey Do
08. We Are The People Our Parents Warned Us About
09. Twelve Volt Man
10. Brown Eyed Girl
11. Distantly In Love

1984 Riddles in the Sand

01. Who's The Blonde Stranger?
02. When The Wild Life Betrays Me
03. Ragtop Day
04. She's Going Out Of My Mind
05. Bigger Than The Both Of Us
06. Knees Of My Heart
07. Come To The Moon
08. Love In Decline
09. Burn That Bridge
10. La Vie Dansante
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1985 Last Mango in Paris

01. Everybody's On The Run
02. Frank And Lola
03. The Perfect Partner
04. Please Bypass This Heart
05. Gypsies In The Palace
06. Desperation Samba (Halloween In Tijuana)
07. If The Phone Doesn't Ring, It's Me
08. Last Mango In Paris
09. Jolly Mon Sing
10. Beyond The End

1986 Floridays

01. I Love the Now
02. Creola
03. First Look
04. Meet Me in Memphis
05. Nobody Speaks to the Captain No More
06. Floridays
07. If It All Falls Down
08. No Plane on Sunday
09. When the Coast Is Clear
10. You'll Never Work in Dis Bidness Again

1988 Hot Water

01. Homemade Music
02. Baby's Gone Shoppin'
03. Bring Back the Magic
04. My Barracuda
05. L' Air de la Louisiane
06. Prince of Tides
07. Pre-You
08. King of Somewhere Hot
09. Great Heart
10. Smart Woman (In a Real Short Skirt)
11. That's What Living Is to Me

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1989 Off to See the Lizard

01. Carnival World
02. Take Another Road
03. That's My Story And I'm Stickin' To It
04. Why The Things We Do
05. Gravity Storm
06. Off To See The Lizard
07. Boomerang Love
08. Strange Bird
09. I Wish Lunch Could Last Forever
10. The Pascagoula Run
11. Mermaid In The Night
12. Changing Channels

1990 Feeding Frenzy

01. You'll Never Work In Dis Bidness Again
02. The City
03. Last Mango in Paris
04. Come Monday
05. Today's Message
06. A Love Song (From a Different Point of View)
07. One Particular Harbour
08. Honey Do
09. Cheeseburger in Paradise
10. A Pirate Looks at Forty
11. Jolly Mon Sing
12. Gypsies in the Palace
13. Fins
14. Margaritaville
15. Jamaica Farewell
16. Volcano

1994 Fruitcakes

01. Everybody's Got a Cousin in Miami
02. Fruitcakes
03. Lone Palm
04. Six String Music
05. Uncle John's Band
06. Love in the Library
07. Quietly Making Noise
08. Frenchman for the Night
09. Sunny Afternoon
10. Vampires, Mummies and the Holy Ghost
11. She's Got You
12. Delaney Talks to Statues
13. Apocalypso

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1995 Barometer Soup

01. Barometer Soup
02. Barefoot Children
03. Bank of Bad Habits
04. Remittance Man
05. Diamond as Big as the Ritz
06. Blue Heaven Rendezvous
07. Jimmy Dreams
08. Lage Nom Ai
09. Don't Chu-Know
10. Ballad of Skip Wiley
11. The Night I Painted the Sky
12. Mexico

1995 Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Cafe-New Orleans

01. Don't Stop - Rebirth Brass Band
02. Please Don't Leave Me - Rockin' Dopsie Jr.
03. I'm Going Down To Bourbon Street - Waylon Thibodeaux
04. Eatin' With Fingers - The Iguanas
05. Sea Cruise - JIMMY BUFFET
06. Stringbean - Bluerunners
07. I'm Coming Home - Rockin' Dopsie Jr.
08. Come Back Baby - Waylon Thibodeaux
09. Why Ya Whit Me - Rebirth Brass Band
10. Canecutter - Bluerunners
11. Here's To Love - Waylon Thibodeaux
12. Popeye's A Hubigs - Jumpin' Johnny Sansone
13. Got You On My Mind - The Iguanas
14. Blue Co. - Bluerunners
15. Goodnight Irene - JIMMY BUFFET

1996 Banana Wind

01. Only Time Will Tell
02. Jamaica Mistaica
03. School Boy Heart
04. Banana Wind (Instrumental)
05. Holiday
06. Bob Robert's Society Band
07. Overkill
08. Desdemona's Building A Rocket Ship
09. Mental Floss
10. Cultural Infidel
11. Happily Ever After (Now And Then)
12. False Echoes (Havana 1921)
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1996 Christmas Island

01. Christmas Island
02. Jingle Bells
03. A Sailor's Christmas
04. Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
05. Up on the House Top
06. Mele Kalikimaka
07. Run Rudolph Run
08. Ho Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rhum
09. I'll Be Home for Christmas
10. Merry Christmas, Alabama (Never Far from Home)

1998 Don't Stop the Carnival

01. Intro: The Legend of Norman Paperman/Kinja
02. Public Relations
03. Calaloo
04. Island Fever
05. Sheila Says
06. Just an Old Truth Teller
07. Henny's Song: The Key to My Man
08. Kinja Rules
09. A Thousand Steps to Nowhere
10. It's All About the Water
11. Champagne Sí, Agua No
12. Public Relations (Reprise)
13. The Handiest Frenchman in the Caribbean
14. Hippolyte's Habitat (Qui Moun' Qui)
15. Who Are We Trying to Fool?
16. Fat Person Man
17. Up on the Hill
18. Domicile
19. Funeral Dance
20. Time to Go Home

1999 Beach House on the Moon

01. Beach House on the Moon
02. Permanent Reminder of a Temporary Feeling
03. Waiting for the Next Explosion
04. Pacing the Cage
05. You Call It Jogging
06. Flesh and Bone
07. I Will Play for Gumbo
08. Math Suks
09. Spending Money
10. Semi-True Story
11. Lucky Stars
12. I Don’t Know and I Don’t Care
13. Oysters and Pearls

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1999 Buffett Live: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays

01. Fruitcakes
02. Southern Cross
03. Pencil Thin Mustache
04. Trying To Reason With Hurricane Season
05. Coconut Telegraph
06. Cheesburger In Paradise
07. Come Monday
08. Son Of A Son Of A Sailor
09. Volcano
10. Brown Eyed Girl
11. Tin Cup Chalice
12. Fins
13. One Particular Harbor
14. Margaritaville
15. Love And Luck

2002 Far Side of the World

01. Blue Guitar
02. Mademoiselle (Voulez-Vous Danser)
03. Autour du Rocher
04. Savannah Fare You Well
05. All the Ways I Want You
06. Last Man Standing
07. What if the Hokey-Pokey Is All It Really Is About?
08. Altered Boy
09. USS Zydecoldsmobile
10. Someday I Will
11. Far Side of the World
12. Tonight I Just Need My Guitar

2006 Take the Weather With You

01. Bama Breeze
02. Party At The End Of The World
03. Weather With You
04. Everybody's On The Phone
05. Whoop De Doo
06. Nothin' But A Breeze
07. Cinco De Mayo In Memphis
08. Reggabilly Hill
09. Elvis Presley Blues
10. Hula Girl At Heart
11. Wheel Inside The Wheel
12. Silver Wings
13. Breathe In, Breathe Out, Move On
14. Duke's On Sunday
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2009 Buffet Hotel

01. Nobody From Nowhere
02. Wings
03. Big Top
04. Beautiful Swimmers
05. Turn Up The Heat And Chill The Rosé
06. Summerzcool
07. Rhumba Man
08. We Learned To Be Cool From You
09. Surfing In A Hurricane
10. Life Short Call Now
11. Buffet Hotel
12. A Lot To Drink About

2010 Encores: Live

Disc: 1

01. Come Monday
02. Tin Cup Chalica
03. Growing Older But Not Up
04. Coast Of Carolina
05. Paradise
06. Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans
07. Nautical Wheelers
08. Trying To Reason With Hurricane Season
09. Banana Republics
10. He Went To Paris
11. Last Mango In Paris
12. L'Air De La Louisiane
Disc: 2

01. Reggaebilly Hill
02. Coast Of Marseilles
03. Lovely Cruise
04. Oysters and Pearls
05. Wildflowers
06. Defying Gravity
07. It's A Big Old Goofy World
08. Death Of An Unpopular Poet
09. Blowin' In The Wind
10. A Pirate Looks At Forty

2013 Songs from St. Somewhere

01. Somethin' 'Bout a Boat
02. Einstein Was a Surfer
03. Earl's Dead -- Cadillac for Sale
04. Too Drunk to Karaoke
05. Serpentine
06. Useless But Important Information
07. I Want to Go Back to Cartagena
08. Soulfully
09. Rue de la Guitare
10. I'm No Russian
11. Tides
12. The Rocket That Grandpa Rode
13. I Wave Bye Bye
14. Colour of the Sun
15. Oldest Surfer on the Beach
16. I Want to Go Back to Cartagena [Spanish Version]

2016 'Tis the SeaSon

01. Wonderful Christmastime
02. Jingle Bell Rock
03. All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth
04. Drivin' the Pig (Manejando el Cerdo)
05. The Twelve Days of Christmas (Parrothead Version)
06. What I Didn't Get for Christmas
07. Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree
08. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
09. Santa Stole Thanksgiving
10. Mele Kalikimaka
11. Winter Wonderland
12. Baby, It's Cold Outside
13. White Christmas

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