Jimmy Buffett, legendary ‘Margaritaville’ singer, dies at 76


Jimmy Buffett, the singer-songwriter who drew countless fans with his homey tales of living and caring on tropical sandy beaches, frozen mixture in hand, passed away Friday. He was 76.

” Jimmy died in harmony on the night of September 1st surrounded by his household, buddies, music and pets,” a declaration on his site stated. “He lived his life like a tune till the extremely dying breath and will be missed out on beyond procedure by numerous.”

The declaration didn’t state where Buffett passed away or supply a cause of death. 2 sources familiar informed NBC News that Buffett was fighting cancer when he passed away. Among those sources stated, “The household is broken, all of it occurred extremely unexpectedly.”

The vocalist had actually rescheduled shows in May, and Buffett stated on social networks that he had actually been hospitalized.

Buffett, who called his brand name of music “intoxicated Caribbean rock ‘n’ roll,” is probably best understood for “Margaritaville,” which was launched in 1977 and introduced him into nationwide popularity and into the history of American music.

The tune went on to influence a brand name, that included dining establishments and resorts, a radio station, clothes and clothing, along with food and beverage products like beer, tequila, salad dressings and salsa. It likewise assisted make him a billionaire, with Forbes this month positioning his real-time net worth at $1 billion

But in an obvious nod to his company pursuits in the tune “A Pirate Looks at Forty,” Buffett sang that he “made adequate cash to purchase Miami, however I pissed it away so quickly. Never ever indicated to last, never ever suggested to last.”

Buffett was chosen for 2 Grammy Awards, for “Hey Good Lookin'”– a cover of the Hank Williams timeless– and “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere,” a duet with nation super star Alan Jackson.

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Jimmy Buffett circa 1970. Michael Ochs Archives by means of Getty Images file

Elton John was amongst a number of stars to commemorate Buffett, calling him a “special and valued performer,” in a post on Instagram Stories. “His fans loved him and he never ever let them down. This is the saddest of news, a beautiful guy gone method prematurely,” John composed.

Actor Miles Teller likewise published a number of images of him with the vocalist on X, previously called Twitter. Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys likewise required to X, where he composed, “Love and Mercy, Jimmy Buffett.”

Fans, passionately called “ Parrotheads,” were likewise fast to commemorate the vocalist, who was born in Pascagoula, Mississippi, on Christmas Day1946 He was raised generally in Mobile, Alabama.

Many pointed out “One Particular Harbor” when keeping in mind the vocalist: “But there’s one specific harbor/ So far yet so near/ Where I see the days as they disappear/ And lastly vanish.”

After finding out guitar at college– he went to Alabama’s Auburn University prior to finishing from the University of Southern Mississippi– he started busking on the streets of New Orleans prior to going on to form his very first band.

He later on relocated to Nashville, Tennessee, to work for Billboard Magazine and attempt his luck as a vocalist, the bio states. It was in Key West, Florida, in the 1970 s, that Buffett “discovered his real voice,” according to his site.

Fellow nation vocalist Jerry Jeff Walker very first let him remain at his Coconut Grove house, and after that they drove in a 1947 Packard to Key West, he informed finishing trainees at the University of Miami, where he got an honorary doctorate in music in May2015

” Needless to state, my life took a huge and fantastic modification towards South Florida, which has a lot to do with why I’m standing here today,” he stated, while using flip-flops listed below the scholastic bathrobes.

Touring and tape-recording with the Coral Reefer Band, he would go on to make 27 studio albums– 4 went platinum and 8 gold– in a profession that covered more than 5 years.

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