Jimmy Buffett, the singer-songwriter and barefoot beach bum who brought a laid-back ethos and catchy tunes to millions of fans around the world, died on Monday at his home in Key West, Florida. He was 76.
Buffett’s death was confirmed by his management company, Coral Reefer Music. The cause of death was not immediately released.
Buffett was born in Pascagoula, Mississippi, in 1946. He began his career as a folk singer in the late 1960s, and his early albums, such as “Down to Earth” and “A1A,” were inspired by his love of the Florida Keys.
In 1977, Buffett released “Margaritaville,” a song that became an instant classic and helped to define his laid-back persona. The song was about a fictional bar in Key West, and it quickly became a popular anthem for beach-loving tourists and escapists alike.
Buffett went on to release dozens of albums over the course of his career, and he became one of the most successful singer-songwriters of all time. His songs have been covered by a wide range of artists, including The Grateful Dead, The Beach Boys, and Willie Nelson.
Buffett was also a successful businessman. He owned a chain of restaurants called Margaritaville, and he also had a line of clothing and other merchandise.
Buffett was a beloved figure in the music industry, and his death was met with sadness by fans and colleagues alike. He was a talented musician and songwriter who created some of the most enduring songs of the past few decades. He will be remembered for his laid-back style and his love of the beach.
Here are some additional details about Buffett’s life and career:
- He was born in Pascagoula, Mississippi, on December 25, 1946.
- He began his career as a folk singer in the late 1960s.
- His breakthrough album was “Margaritaville” in 1977.
- He has released over 40 albums over the course of his career.
- He has sold over 30 million albums worldwide.
- He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2013.
- He was awarded the Kennedy Center Honor in 2018.
- He was a successful businessman, owning a chain of restaurants called Margaritaville and a line of clothing and other merchandise.
- He was a beloved figure in the music industry and will be remembered for his laid-back style and his love of the beach.