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Jimmy Buffett, Singer

Singer Jimmy Buffett,

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Are you a Parrothead? You know you’ve found your planet in the popular music galaxy when your fans have their own name. To me, Jimmy Buffett is an interesting contradiction. On the one hand, his music is about being laid back, sailing, soaking up the sun, living a hedonistic life. Yet the man himself is quite the entrepreneur, evidenced by his two restaurant chains (Margaritaville and Cheeseburger in Paradise), three bestselling books, and attaching “Margaritaville” to a variety of products, from tequila to footwear to computer games.

Singer Jimmy Buffett,

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For years, every Buffett concert featured the “Big 8” songs, loved and demanded by fans. They were:

  • “Margaritaville”
  • “Come Monday”
  • “Fins”
  • “Volcano”
  • “A Pirate Looks at Forty”
  • “Cheeseburger in Paradise”
  • “Why Don’t We Get Drunk”
  • “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes”

In recent years, “Why Don’t We Get Drunk” has been removed, while “It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere” and “One Particular Harbor” have been added to make a “Big 9.”

Buffett is one of the country’s leading touring artists, and is almost always on the road. Considering that “Margaritaville” is his only top 10 hit, his success is due to the connection he makes with his audience. The few. The proud. The Parrotheads.

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