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    Jimmy Buffet Timeline

Dec 25 1946: James William Buffett was born in Pascagoula, Mississippi (Jackson County Memorial Hospital) son of James Delaney Buffett Jr and Mary Loriane.

1950's-1960's: Jimmy Buffett was raised in Mobile Alabama, his father worked in a shipyard. Jimmy attended catholic school (St Ignatius grade school and then McGill Institute an all-boys school).

Sept 1964 to May 1965: Jimmy attends Auburn University. He pledged with the Sigma Pi faternity, Alpha-Delta chapter. It was there that Jimmy learned how to play guitar from another Sigma Pi pledge. He hoped playing guitar would help him overcome his shyness and help to meet girls. Unfortunately, the guitar playing overtook studying and he only lasted a year at Auburn.

1965: Attends Pearl River Community College in Poplarville, Mississippi.

1966: Transfers to the University of Southern Mississippi.

1967: Jimmy gets initiated into the Kappa Sigma fraternity, Epsilon-Nu Chapter. He formed a small band and played social occasions with members of the fraternity, including Rick Bennett and Doug Duncan.

1969: Earns a Bachelor of Science degree in history and journalism from the University of Southern Mississippi.

1969: Jimmy moves to the New Orleans French Quarter and plays clubs on Bourbon Street with the cover band Upstairs Alliance.

1969: Jimmy marries his first wife Margie Washichek.

1970: JB sings with the Now Generation and appears on two albums, Come Together and Hits are our Business.

1970: Jimmy moves to Nashville, Tennessee hoping to find success as a country singer.

1970: JB works as a journalist for Billboard magazine in Nashville.

1970: Signs with Barnaby Records and releases his first album, Down to Earth.

1971: JB went broke and seperated from his first wife Margie. The divorce was final within a year.

1971: Jimmy finishs recording his second album High Cumberland Jubilee. The album is not released because Barnaby Records misplaces the master tape.

Nov 1971: JB meets up with his friend Jerry Jeff Walker in Miami FL. They got in Walker's old Packard and drove to Key West.

1972?: Jimmy first meets Jane Slagsvol (future wife) at a phonebooth outside of the Chart Room bar in Key West.

1973: JB signs with ABC - Dunhill Records which is later absorbed by MCA..

1973: A White Sport Coat & A Pink Crustaceanis releasesed. It contains the song Why Don't We Get Drunk and Screw which was written by Jimmy using the alias Marvin Gardens. It's the first album that Greg "Fingers" Taylor and Micheal Utley appeared on..

1974: Living & Dying In 3/4 Time is released and the song Come Monday breaks the Top 30 pop charts.

1974: JB does the soundtrack for movie Rancho Deluxeand has a role in the film.

1975: A1A is released containing many refernces to Key West. It includes the song A Pirate Looks at Forty that Jimmy wrote about his buddy Phillip Clark a bartender at the Chart Room.

1975: The Coral Reefer Band hits the road with Jimmy for their first tour during the summer.

1976: JB and the CRB record their first album together, Havana Daydreamin'.

1976: Jimmy buys a boat, The Euphoria, and sails away to the Carribean Islands with Jane.

1976: High Cumberland Jubilee is finally released after the master tapes are found.

1976: Jimmy campaigns for Jimmy Carter.

1977: Jimmy's interview with High Times magazine.

1977: Changes In Latitudes, Changes in Attitudesbecomes Buffett's first platinum album. He also scored his only top ten single with Margaritaville.

1977?: Jimmy buys a house in Aspen.

1977: Jimmy buys a bigger boat, Euphoria II, and sails around the Carribean.

Aug 27 1977: Jimmy marries Jane Slagsvol.

1977: JB and the CRB perform Livingston Saturday Light in the film FM.

1978: Son Of A Son Of A Sailor is released. The single Cheeseburger in Paradise breaks into the top 40.

May 13, 1978: Jimmy performs Son of a Son of a Sailor on Saturday Night Live. (Host: Richard Dreyfuss.

1978: The double live album You Had To Be There is released.

1979: Jimmy is detained by authorites in St Barts for allegedly smuggling marijuana.

1979: MCA purchases ABC Records.

Jun 1, 1979: Jimmy and Jane Buffett's first daughter Savannah Jane is born.

1979: Volcano is released under the MCA label. Fins is released as a single and makes the top 40 chart.

1979: Before the Salt is released containing both Down to Earth and High Cumberland Jubilee.

1979: JB sings backing vocals on the song The Greeks Don't Want no Freeks on the Eagle's Long Run.

1979: Jimmy sells his boat Euphoria II and buys another a smaller one Savannah Jane named after his daughter.

1980: The song Hello Texas recorded by Jimmy Buffett appears on the Urban Cowboy soundtrack.

1980: JB's song Survive is used in the movie Coast to Coast (staring Robert Blake and Dylan Cannon).

1980: Jimmy is appointed chairman of Florida's Save the Manatee Commission by Gov Robert Graham.

1986?: JB buys a hotel (Autour du Rocher ) on St Barts in the Caribbean that is later destroyed by a fire.

1981: Coconut Telegraph is released.

1981: JB co-writes the song Sugar Trade which appears on the James Taylor album Dad Loves His Work.

1982: Jimmy appeared on the soap All My Children.

1982: JB and the CRB record the song I Don't Know (Spicoli's Theme) for Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

1982: Somewhere Over China is released.

1983?: Jimmy and Jane are separted.

1983: One Particular Harbour is released.

1984: Riddles In The Sand is released.

1985: JB open's the first Margaritaville store in Key West selling a line of Caribbean soul t-shirts.

1985: The Coconut Telegraph fan newsletter debuts.

1985: Live by the Bay, with JB and the CRB is the first video released for sale.

1985: Timothy B. Schmit comes up with the term "Parrot Heads" to describe fans of Buffett's music.

1985: JB's song Ragtop Day is used in the movie The Slugger's Wife.

1985: Last Mango In Paris is released.

1985: JB's song Turning Around is used in the movie Summer Rental.

1985: His greatest hits compilation Songs You Know By Heart is released and became and remains his best selling album.

1985: Jimmy has a cameo role in the movie Repo Man.

1986: Jimmy sings La Vie Dansante for the special Doctor Ducks Super Secret All Purpose Sauce.

1986?: Jimmy buy's his first seaplane, Lady of the Waters, and flys all over the Caribbean.

1986: Floridays is released.

1987: The first Margaritaville Cafe opens on Duval St in Key West.

1987: The song Take it Back is released as a single - written by JB for the Americas Cup challenge in Australia.

1988: Releases the album Hot Water which includes guest appearances by favorites James Taylor, Steve Winwood, the Neville Brothers, and Rita Coolidge.

1988: The Jolly Monwritten by Jimmy Buffett and his daughter Savannah Jane is released.

1988: Jimmy does the song Christmas in the Caribbean for Tennessee Christmas.

1989: Jimmy's first novel: 'Tales from Margaritaville' : Fictional Facts and Factual Fictions is released.

1989: Jimmy and Bill Murray invest in the Ft. Myers Miracles minor league baseball team.

1989: JB appeared in Neville Brothers and Friends: Tell it Like it Is.

1989: Off To See The Lizard is released.

1990: A second live album Feeding Frenzy is released, recorded in Atlanta and Cincinatti.

1990: JB does the song 'Don't Bug Me' for the Arachnophobia soundtrack.

1990: Jimmy does backing vocals on Zachary Richard's Women in the Room.

1991?: Jimmy and Jane reconcile and move back to Nashville.

1991: A second childrens book by Jimmy Buffett and his daughter Savannah Jane called Trouble Dolls is published.

April 1, 1992: Jimmy and Jane Buffett's second daughter Sarah Delaney is born.

1992: Jimmy's second novel 'Where Is Joe Merchant?' is released and makes it to #1 on the NY Times fiction bestseller's list.

1992: Boats Beaches Bars & Balladsis released and becomes one of the best selling box sets ever for MCA.

1992: Jimmy starts his own record label in Nashville with the help of his ex-wife's husband Bob Mercer.

1992: JB does some vocals and produces Evangeline's self titled album under the Margaritaville Records label.

1992: Jimmy Buffett, Gloria Estefan, "Wierd Al" Yankovic, Paul Simon, Crosby Stills and Nash, the Bee Gees and Ziggy Marley took part in a benefit concert in Miami to raise money for the victims of Hurricanes Andrew and Iniki.

1992: A Margaritaville Cafe and store opens in New Orleans on Decatur St.

Jan 20, 1993: Jimmy entertains at President Clinton's inauguration ball. Bill joins in and plays saxaphone.

1993: Jimmy and Jane move to Palm Beach, Florida.

1993: Before The Beach is released containing songs from Down to Earth and High Cumberland Jubilee.

1993: Jimmy is the executive producer and does three songs for Margaritaville Cafe Late Night Menu including a cover of Another Saturday Night.

1993: Jimmy does the song 'Stars Fell on Alabama' for More Songs For Sleepless Nights.

1993: JB's song Stars on the Water appears on the soundtrack for the movie The Firm.

1993: Jimmy is the executive producer on The Iguana's self titled album.

1993: Jimmy begins working with Herman Wouk on a musical adaption of the novel 'Don't Stop the Carnival'.

1994: Jimmy does the song Mr Spaceman for the Muppett's collection of songs Kermit Unpigged.

1994: Jimmy does "Mac the Knife" with Frank Sinatra (mixed in) which appears on the album Duets II.

1994: Jimmy has a cameo appearence in the movie Cobb.

1994: Jimmy and Jane Buffett adopt Cameron Marley.

1994: Jimmy's father James Delaney Buffett is diagonised with Alzheimer's disease.

1994: Fruitcakes is released.

Aug 25,1994: Jimmy capsizes in his seaplane Our Lady of the Waters, a restored Grumman Widgeon in 4 ft of water after take off from Madaket Harbor at Nantucket.

1995: Barometer Soup is released.

1995: Jimmy has a cameo appearence as a pilot in the movie Congo.

1995: Margaritaville Cafe New Orleans is release with two songs by Jimmy, Goodnight Irene and the cover songSea Cruise.

1995: The Parakeet Album is released containing JB songs sung by kids form the W.O. Smith Music School.

Nov 16, 1995: Jimmy buys a new plane: 1954 Grumman Albatross Seaplane HU-16 N928J, The Hemispher Dancer, 60ft long with an 80ft wingspan.

January 16, 1996: Jimmy's sea plane "the Flying Boat" is shot at by the Jamaica police who mistaked him for a drug smuggler. U2's Bono was in the plane with him at the time. Jimmy wrote a song about the incident, Jamaica Mistaica that appears on the album Banana Wind.

1996: Jimmy is the executive producer for the soundtrack to the movie Phenomenon.

1996: Jimmy has a part as a cop in the audio play Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas.

1996: A Christmas Album titled 'Christmas Island' is released by JB and the CRB.

April 1997: The musical Don't Stop the Carnival opens and has a sucessful six week run at the Coconut Grove playhouse in Miami.

1997: Jimmy's mother suddenly has a stroke.

Aug 19, 1997: JB sings at President Clinton's 51st birthday party.

1997: Jimmy does the Purple People Eater song with Iko-Iko for the movie Contact.

1997: Jimmy does the song 'Trouble on the Horizon' for MOM II.

Sept 1997: JB performs at the Montserrat benefit concert at Royal Albert Hall in England. He did a special version of Volcano and joined in with artists including Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Phil Collins, and Sting on the encore Hey Jude.

Oct 1997: Universal Pictures purchases the film rights for 'Where is Joe Merchant?'.

Jan 13, 1998: Re-release of Rancho Deluxe CD by MGM/Rycodisc.

Feb 1998: Caribbean Amphibian is released on the Elmopalooza CD/video that JB did with Kermit.

1998: C. F. Martin & Co. honors Jimmy Buffett with a signature edition guitar. Only 424 were made originally going for $3650.00.

1998: Jimmy goes to Cuba to cover the Papal visit for Rolling Stone Magazine.

1998: JB has the role of a journalist in the HBO Mini-series 'From the Earth to the Moon'.

April 28, 1998: The soundtrack for Don't Stop the Carnival performed by JB and the CRB is released. It was certified gold by on Sept 2 1998.

1998: Jimmy co-writes the song South American on Brian Wilson's Imagination solo release.

June 9, 1998: Jimmy's book A Pirate Looks at Fifty is released. He becomes the sixth writer to reach the number one spot on both the NY Times fiction and non-fiction best seller's list.

June 21, 1998: Jimmy sings "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" during the seventh inning stretch at Wrigley Field to honor the late Harry Carrey.

June 30, 1998: Re-release of Down to Earth and High Cumberland Jubilee.

July 1998: A Margaritaville retail store opens in Charleston, SC.

Sept 1998: Jimmy sells his home in Key West Florida.

Oct 1998: JB covers John Glenn's return to space.

Feb 2, 1999: American Storyteller is released.

Feb 4, 1999: A new Margaritaville restaurant opens in Orlando.

March 4, 1999: Radio Margaritaville debuts with a live show from the new Margaritaville in Orlando.

March 18, 1999: Jimmy buys a new plane a 1998 Cessna 208 - N208JB.

March 29, 1999: Jimmy performs at Music Bridges with various artists in Cuba.

May 18, 1999: Beach House on the Moon is released.

May 28, 1999: Jimmy appears on the Today Show.

Aug 10, 1999: Calaloo CD is released exclusively at Best Buy stores.

Aug 17, 1999: Jimmy performs at the House of Blues in Chicago.

Nov 6, 1999: Jimmy performs at the Le Select 50th Anniversary in St Barts.

Nov 9, 1999: Buffett Live: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays is released.

Nov 20, 1999: Jimmy performs an acoustic show in Sag Harbor to benefit the Montessori school.

Dec 31st, 1999: Jimmy Buffett's Millennium show is held at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles.

January 2000: Margaritaville Tequila is released in California.

April 13, 2000: Jimmy buys another plane, a 1982 Dassault-Breguet Falcon 50 N502JB.

May 1, 2000: Jimmy signs an agreement to purchase two Krispy-Kreme doughnut shops that will be built in Palm Beach County Florida.

May 5, 2000: Jimmy does a duet with Lyle Lovett on the song "If I Had a Boat" at the New Orleans Jazz Fest.

May 5, 2000: Club Trini Late Night CD release party at the Margaritaville New Orleans.

May 13, 2000: One of the original Coral Reefers Greg "Fingers" Taylor announces he quits the band.

June 8, 2000: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays Tour kicks off with a show in Camden NJ.

June 13, 2000: "Tales from Margaritavision" Video collection is released.

July 4, 2000: Jimmy spends the Fourth onboard the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (along with Bill Clinton and others) at the OpSail 2000 festivities in New York Harbor.

July 31, 2000: Southampton College "All for the Sea" benefit show.

August 25, 2000: Jimmy performs at Clinton's 54th Birthday party.

Sept 14, 2000: Jimmy performs at Democratic Fundraiser for Presidential candidate Al Gore.

Sept 25, 2000: Jimmy performs at a Fundrasiser for Presidential candidate Al Gore in Coral Gables,Miami Florida.

October 6, 2000: Jimmy announces his plans not to tour during the Summer of 2001.

October 2000: Outback Steakhouse purchases the naming rights for a chain of Cheeseburger in Paradise restaurants from Jimmy for $1,000,000.

Nov 1-2, 2000: Jimmy campaigns and performs at various rallies for Senate candidate Bill Nelson and Presidental Candidate Al Gore in Florida.

Nov 4, 2000: East Hampton Benefit show for the Montessori School.

Nov 15, 2000: Jimmy was a guest lecturer at Livingston Taylor's class at Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Nov 18, 2000: Jimmy attends the wedding of Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Feb 4, 2001: Jimmy was asked by a referee to move from his seat during a game between the Miami Heat and the NY Knicks because of shouting profanity.

Feb 20, 2001: Jimmy pays tribute to Dale Earnhardt during a show in Charlotte NC. He dedicates the song "Take Another Road" to #3.

April 2001 to August 2001: Jimmy's musical "Don't Stop the Carnival" has a run at the Atlantis Hotel on Paradise Island in the Bahamas.

May 22nd to June 6th 2001: First leg of the "2001: A Beach Odyssey" tour. Jimmy takes the summer off and continues the second leg of the tour on August 27th.

July 20, 2001: Jimmy performs on The Today Show.

Oct 13, 2001: East Hampton Benefit show for the Montessori School (3rd Annual Harvest Moon benefit show).

Nov 16, 2001: Benefit show at Madison Square Garden for the victims of Sept 11th.

February 2002: Ocho Rios Margaritaville opens in Jamaica.

March 19, 2002: Jimmy's new studio album "Far Side of the World" is released. It was originally scheduled to come out on Oct 23, 2001, but was delay because of the art work selected for the cover.

May 23, 2002: Jimmy Buffett appears on the Tonight Show and sings "Far Side of the World".

August 7, 2002: Jimmy peforms with Jerry Jeff Walker at at the Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett, NY.

August 9, 2002: Cancun Margaritaville opens in Mexico.

August 12, 2002: Jimmy and his son Cameron sail aboard the Coast Guard schooner Barque Eagle.

August 22, 2002: The first Cheeseburger in Paradise restaurant opens in Indianapolis. Jimmy performed a private show at the restaurant on August 19th.

October 8, 2002: Jimmy performs at the "Music to My Ears" benefit show for Timothy White at Madison Square Garden NYC. Other artist who played at the benefit include James Taylor, John Mellencamp, Don Henley, Sheryl Crow, and Sting.

October 31, 2002: Jimmy makes a surpise appearance on Halloween night at Margaritaville in Key West during MOTM.

November 1, 2002: Jimmy makes a surprise appearance at the Margaritaville Street Festival & Block Party during Meetings of the Minds.

November 2, 2002: Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed at a benefit show for Miami Heat star Alonzo Mourning's underprivileged Children's program at Nikki's Beach Club in Miami.

November 4, 2002: Jimmy performs at several campaign rallies for democrate Senator nominee Bill McBride in Florida.

December 6, 2002: Jimmy Buffett entertains the troops at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba.

January 16, 2003: Martin Guitar announces the release of two new Jimmy Buffett signature guitars.

January 8-10, 2003: Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band record some tracks for a new album at Shrimpboat Sounds in Key West. The 2 CD collection will feature previously released material, new recordings of old favorites, and two cover songs.

March 2, 2003: Margaritaville Shrimp is now available at participating retailers.

April 15, 2003: A new 2 CD greatest hits collection, "Meet Me in Margaritaville: the Ultimate Collection", is released. It reaches number 9 on the Billboard's Album chart in it's first week.

April 15, 2003: The Tiki Time Tour kicks off in Houston Texas.

April 28, 2003: Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed "Knees of My Heart" on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

May 1, 2003: Jimmy's father James Delaney Buffett Jr passed away at age 83, several years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

May 20, 2003: "Meet Me in Margaritaville" was certified Platinum by the RIAA. Sales exceed 1,000,000 units.

June 3, 2003: Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett's duet "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" gets its first airplay on country radio stations. It was recorded at Shrimpboat Sounds Studios in Key West in May 2003.

July 11, 2003: Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band perform on the Today Show's Summer Concert Series.

July 13, 2003: Jimmy Buffett performs at the All for the Sea Benefit Show in Southhampton NY.

August 1, 2003: Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett's duet "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" reaches number 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles Chart (week ending 8/9/03) and number 1 on Radio and Records Country Chart (week ending 8/1/03). This marks Jimmy's first number one song that he appears on.

September 25, 2003: Jimmy Buffett's mother Mary Loraine (Peets) Buffett passed away.

September 30, 2003: Two live concert downloads , "Live in Seattle" and "Live in Las Vegas", are released on

October 7, 2003: Jimmy sings "Take me out to the Ballgame" during the 7th inning streach of the Cubs / Marlins NLCS game.

October 28, 2003: Two live concert CDs, , "Live in Seattle" and "Live in Las Vegas", are released to retail outlets.

November 11, 2003: Jimmy performs at the opening of the new Cheeseburger in Paradise Restaurant in Downers Grove IL.

November 5, 2003: Jimmy Buffett and Alan Jackson win the CMA Award for Vocal Event of the Year. The two perform their duet "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" to open the CMA Awards show.

November 11, 2003: Jimmy Buffett's MiniMatinee DVD is released.

December 4, 2003: Jimmy Buffett and Alan Jackson receive a Grammy nomination for Best Country song for "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere". This is Buffett's first Grammy nomination.

December 2003: Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer band record some tracks for the new album "Conchy Tonk" at the Shrimpboat Sounds studio in Key West with some of country music's biggest musicians. The album was later renamed and called "License to Chill". Jimmy performs at the Grand Opening party for the Las Vegas Margaritaville.

February 8, 2004: "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" wins a grammy for Best Country Collaboration With Vocals, and Best Country Song (song writer).

May 15, 2004: Jimmy performs at the Grand Opening for the Omaha "Cheesebuger in Paradise".

May 26, 2004: Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett win awards for "Single of the year" and "Vocal event of the year" for "Its Five O'Clock Somewhere" at the Academy of Country Music Awards.

May 29, 2004: Jimmy Buffett performs with Alan Jackson and George Strait (three bill show) at Texas Stadium in Dallas Texas.

June 25, 2004: Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band perform on the Today Show's Summer Concert Series.

July 2004: A new Margaritaville restaurant opens in Myrtle Beach, SC.

July 13 2004: Jimmy Buffett's new studio album "License to Chill" is released and debuts at number 1 on the best selling albums chart. This is Jimmy's first number 1 album. The songs "Hey Good Lookin" and "Trip Around the Sun" are released as a singles.

August 21, 2004: Jimmy peforms at a fund-raiser for Presidential nominee John Kerry in East Hampton NY.

September 10 and 12, 2004: Jimmy performs 2 shows at Fenway Park in Boston and the Red Sox go on to win the World Series, breaking the curse.

October 6, 2004: Jimmy appears on "60 Minutes" Wednesday.

October 14, 2004: The video for the song "Hey Good Looking" goes to number 1 on CMT. Buffett also releases a video for the song "A Trip Around the Sun" with Martin McBride.

November 1, 2004: Jimmy made an appearance and performed to support Betty Castor in the Florida election for Senator.

November 4, 2004: Jimmy performed at Meeting of the Minds convention in Key West.

November 8, 2004: The Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett duet, "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere", wins ASCAP song of the year.

November 23, 2004: Jimmy and the Coral Reefer put on a special Hurricane Relief Benefit show in Orlando.

November 30, 2004: Jimmy Buffett's new novel "A Salty Piece of Land" is released.

November 30, 2004: Jimmy appears on "The Today Show" to promote his new book. He performed the songs "A Salty Piece of Land" and "Christmas In The Caribbean".

December 2, 2004: Jimmy appears on Regis & Kelly to promote his new book.

December 8, 2004: Jimmy does a special show called "A Coastal Confession" in New Orleans in which he reads excerpts from his new book and performs a set with some band members.


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