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Jimmy Buffett (born December 25, 1946) is an American singer, best known for a few hits such as "Margaritaville", though he has a rabid cult following known as Parrotheads. He began his musical career in the late 1960s as a country artist, and recorded his first album, Down to Earth in 1970. He then moved to Key West and began establishing his easy-going beach bum persona that he has become known for. He played during his college years at the University of Southern Mississippi, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
Buffett's second album was White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean, now acclaimed as his best though it achieved only moderate sales. "Margaritaville" was released in 1974 and made him into a pop star for a brief period, continued by 1976's Havana Daydreamin'\ and 1977's Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes. During the 1980s, Buffett made far more money off his tours than albums, and he became known as a popular concert draw. He released a series of albums during the following twenty years, primarily to his devoted audience, as well as branching into writing and merchandising of various kinds.
Buffett's writing has placed him in good company. Jimmy has written three No. 1 best sellers. Tales From Margaritaville and Where Is Joe Merchant? both spent over seven months on the New York Times Best Seller fiction list. His book, A Pirate Looks At Fifty went straight to #1 on the New York Times Bestseller non-fiction list, making him the sixth author in that list's history to have reached #1 on both the fiction and non-fiction lists. The other five authors who have accomplished this are Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, William Styron, Irving Wallace and Dr. Seuss.
A pilot, Jimmy Buffett owns and flies a restorated Grumman HU-16 Albatross. It can sometimes be seen on the ramp at Princess Juliana International Airport (IATA indentifier SXM) in nearby Sint Maarten while Buffett is in the area.