The death of singer-songwriter — and industry captain of “Margaritaville” — Jimmy Buffett, at 76, is the subject of many musicians, celebrities and others singing his praises.
Buffett, who released more than 30 albums and wrote 7 books, died Sept. 1, according to a statement posted on his official website and social media pages.
Kenny Chesney, who asked Buffett to join him on a remake of Buffett’s “Trying to Reason with Hurricane Season” on Chesney’s 2018 album “Songs for the Saints,” posted a video Saturday morning from the beach in Key West, Florida, singing Buffett’s song “A Pirate Looks Forty” on Instagram.
“So goodbye Jimmy. Thank you for your friendship and the songs I will forever carry in my heart. Sail On Sailor 🦜🌴🌊,” posted Chesney who appeared on the title track of Buffett’s 2004 release “License to chill”. Chesney, Clint Black, Alan Jackson and Toby Keith also joined Buffett on “Hey Good Lookin'”, which is the first track from this album.
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hillary clinton Reposted on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, Buffett’s family statement posted on social media adds, “Good winds and good seas, dear Jimmy. ” “
Elton John recalls: “Jimmy Buffett was a unique and valuable artist. His fans adored him and he never let them down,” he said in an Instagram Story. “This is the saddest news ever. A lovely man gone too soon. Condolences to (his wife) Jane and the family of (my husband) David (Furnish) and me.
Brian Wilsonco-founder of the Beach Boys in 1961, referred to one of Wilson’s songs in a memorial post: “Love and Mercy, Jimmy Buffett.”
Photographer Danny Clinch posted a photo of Buffett and talked about his origin. “Jimmy wandered backstage near my portrait spot at Bonnaroo and was kind enough to sit down for the portrait,” he posted on X. We invited him to join him. He loved it and so did we! Nothing like spontaneity and going with the flow! What a memory!.”
Political journalist and media personality Ed Krassenstein recalled how “It’s impossible to have lived in America for the past 50 years and not have heard the music of Jimmy Buffett, whether it’s ‘Margarittaville’, ‘Cheeseburger in Paradise’, ‘Come Monday’ or the one of his other 13 hits that made Jimmy Buffett’s Billboard Hot 100.”
After misspelling “Margaritaville”, he added that it was “the most lucrative song ever written”, possibly referring to the brand that spawned a chain of restaurants, tequila, clothing and to food.
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David Letterman’s official Facebook account posted a clip from Buffett’s “Late Night with David Letterman” appearance of him performing “Distantly In Love” and “Come Monday.” Buffett told Letterman that he was depressed and living in a Howard Johnson when he wrote the song, which became his first Top 40 single when it was released in 1974. “It hit, j paid the rent and got my dog out of the pound…and the rest is history,” Buffett said.
Melanie Young of Living Blues magazine, posted a video of Joan Baez and Bob Dylan singing “A Pirate Looks at Forty” and, in a separate article, an exchange in which Bob Dylan mentioned his respect for Buffett, naming him among his songwriters preferred. He referred to the songs “Death of an Unpopular Poet” and “He Went to Paris,” both of which appeared on Buffett’s 1973 album, “A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean.”
The quote is legit, according to American Songwriter magazine.
Author Don Winslow (“City of Dreams”)…. job a clip of Buffett singing “Margaritaville” and declaring “RIP LEGEND”.
Author Alan Paul (“One Way Out”) posted a photo of Jimmy Buffett with Warren Buffett, taken by George Lange, in which the two changed clothes. “Sail Jimmy and thank you for all you’ve done for the music and the musicians (and José Cuervo, who should have given you a piece of the token),” he said.
By the way, the two Buffetts were not related, but they were friends and the singer-songwriter also owned shares of Berkshire Hathaway, the Wall Street Journal reported. The “Margaritaville” songwriter was also a billionaire — albeit well below the status of Warren Buffett ($121.1 billion, according to Forbes).
Forbes also ranked Buffett “among the highest-earning musicians in the world this year, with an estimated net worth of $1 billion, including $570 million from touring and recordings, a music catalog valued at around $50 million. dollars and $140 million in planes, houses and (Berkshire Hathaway) stocks,” the Journal reported. “He once wrote a song about buying Berkshire Hathaway stocks, ‘when they were cheap’ .”
Rolling Stone Entertainment Editor Marlow Stern posted a clip from the movie “Jurassic World,” in which Buffett makes an appearance, grabbing cocktails while others flee from a flock of swooping pterodactyls.
Gwen Graham, a former U.S. Representative from Florida, recalled that Buffett helped found the “Save the Manatee” club with her father, former Florida senator and governor Bob Graham. “Jimmy cared. And he did such a great job,” she posted. “He lives not only thanks to his music but also thanks to the manatees.”
ABC News Senior National Affairs Correspondent Deborah Roberts shared that she was “So saddened by the loss of a sunny, happy voice in the music business. Jimmy Buffett has died at 76. You can’t drink a margarita without thinking of him and his song at hit “Margaritaville. It brought joy and a beach vibe to many of us. RIP.”
Historian Michael Beschloss job a portrait of Buffett.
vanity lounge The magazine ran a 1998 column featuring Buffett in which he said his life motto was “Never forget to duck”.
Entertainment giant Live Nation recalled that “No one made music or life quite like Jimmy Buffett. His laid-back, island vibe brought his fans endless joy through his music and live performances. Sending a farewell sincere to the music legend.”
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