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

Jimmy Buffett, the singer-songwriter who drew thousands and thousands of followers together with his folksy tales of residing and loving on sandy seashores, frozen drink in hand, died Friday evening. He was 76.

“Jimmy handed away peacefully on the evening of September 1st surrounded by his household, buddies, music and canine,” the assertion mentioned. “He lived his life like a music until the final breath and will probably be missed past measure by so many.”

“Margaritaville,” Buffetts’ most acknowledged music, impressed eating places and resorts, and helped make him a multimillionaire. In 2016, he positioned at No. 13 in Forbes’ America’s Richest Celebrities with a web value of $550 million.

He was additionally nominated for 2 Grammy Awards, for “Hey Good Lookin’” — a canopy of the Hank Williams traditional — and “It’s 5 O’Clock Someplace,” a duet with nation famous person Alan Jackson.

Followers, affectionately dubbed “Parrotheads,” had been fast to pay tribute to the singer, who was born in Pascagoula, Mississippi, a city on the Gulf Coast, on Christmas Day 1946.

Some followers quoted “Margaritaville,” which was launched in 1977 and launched him into nationwide fame and into the historical past of American music.

Many additionally cited “One Explicit Harbor” when remembering the singer: “However there’s one explicit harbor/ To date but so close to/ The place I see the times as they fade away/ And at last disappear.”

After studying guitar in school he started enjoying on the streets of New Orleans earlier than happening to type his first band, the biography on his web site says.

He later moved to Nashville, Tennessee, to work for Billboard Journal and check out his luck as a singer, the biography says. However it was in Key West within the Seventies that Buffett “discovered his true voice,” the biography provides.

Fellow nation singer Jerry Jeff Walker first let him keep at his Coconut Grove house, after which they drove in a 1947 Packard to Key West, he advised graduating college students on the College of Miami, the place he obtained an honorary doctorate in music in Might 2015.

“Evidently, my life took a giant and great change in direction of South Florida, which has loads to do with why I’m standing right here immediately,” he mentioned, whereas carrying underneath the tutorial robes.

As time went on, Buffett appeared on TV, motion pictures and his work turned a musical.

Buffett additionally appeared within the movie “Jurassic World” as “working park customer with margarita drinks,” as IMDB put it. He carried two, one in every hand.

And he guest-starred within the Tom Selleck present “Blue Bloods,” enjoying each himself and a digital double who posed because the singer and scammed folks.

There was additionally a Broadway present primarily based on Buffett’s music, “ Jimmy Buffett’s Escape to Margaritaville,” which debuted in 2017.

He additionally devoted a few of his time to charity, beginning the “Save he Manatee Membership,” a non-profit that seeks to guard the big, docile marine mammals from boating accidents and hurt by the actions of individuals.

In a 2017 interview with Males’s Journal, Buffett was requested what remained on his bucket checklist earlier than he died. “I’ve 4 issues: Be taught to hold ten. Go to area. Go to Pitcairn Island, the place my Buffett ancestors are from. And go to Antartica,” he mentioned.

The singer is survived by his spouse, Jane Slagsvol, two daughters, Savannah and Sarah, and son, Cameron.

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