Happy Christmas Birthday to Jimmy Buffett

Christmas music CDs overflowing with space on the shelves … right down to the floor. (Photo by Craig Allen)

I have piles and piles of “Ho-Ho-Hits”.

Feeling adventurous … feeling like I wanted to hear something different …

… I inserted the Buffett disc into my computer and sat down to read the sleeve notes. I tend to do this, too … after all, my favorite artists (and / or the record company’s publicity department) spend time writing cover notes for a reason: I can often find a “factoid” ” interesting.

For example, I hadn’t even finished reading the opening sentence, when the “Parrot Head” head reminded me that we have something in common:

A birthday on Christmas day.

Fortunately, I can say that Jimmy Buffett has a lot more candles to blow out today than I do.

1996 Liner Notes … its story in Jimmy Buffett’s own words. (Photo by Craig Allen)

He was born James William Buffett on Christmas Day 1946, in Pascagoula, Mississippi … spending part of his childhood in Mobile, Alabama.

Jimmy became interested in music from an early age … playing the trombone in his elementary school orchestra.

His grandfather was a sailor, which exposed Buffett to sailing as a child … and it would have influenced his life and his music.

Jimmy started playing guitar during his freshman year in college. He would get a history degree.

Jimmy Buffett spent time as a correspondent for Billboard magazine in Nashville … he also launched his musical career there, as a country music artist.

When that didn’t really work, Buffett went to work as a second on a yacht in Key West, while perfecting his “sound.”

A combination of country, folk, rock and pop … with tropical lyrical themes … now called “gulf and western”.

Gulf and Western + relaxed, “beach bum” character = Jimmy Buffett.

Jimmy Buffet has used the music and attitude in other projects, including books, movies, and TV appearances, as well as themed restaurants.


From one “Christmas baby” to another:

Happy birthday, Jimmy Buffett.

Make a wish when you blow out those candles.

And, may your dearest wish come true, sir.

PS Thanks for all the great music that has been doing good over the years.

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