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Described as "Gulf and Western" singer Jimmy Buffett has become one of the most beloved country music stars of all time. His music combines coastal themes with upbeat, light, chorus-heavy songs. His lyrics criticize the materialism of society, religious hypocrisy, and the jingoistic politics of America.
Buffett began his musical career in Nashville, Tennessee in the late 1960s. After he released his first album in 1970, he moved to Key West, Florida. He spent time on the island and busked for tourists. He later moved to Fairhope, Alabama. He later worked as a correspondent for Billboard magazine in Nashville. He also studied history at Auburn University and received a bachelor's degree in history.
Buffett has written three number one best sellers. He has also reached the stage with musicals. He has appeared in Harmony Korine's movie The Beach Bum, which was released in 2019. Buffett has also appeared in the film Jurassic World. In 2000, Buffett played the White House lawn for President Bill Clinton. Buffett also co-wrote two children's books with his daughter, Savannah Jane Buffett.
Buffett has released over thirty albums. His first album, Down to Earth, was released in 1970. The songs on the album included songs about Vietnam and drug addiction. His music was heavily influenced by rock music and country music. His second album, High Cumberland Jubilee, was released five years after the first one.
Buffett is a pioneer of social media. He was the first musician to use a steel drum and his music is known for repetitive, chorus-heavy tracks. Buffett also pioneered lifestyle branding. He has made eight albums that have been certified Platinum or Multiplatinum. He has also written a biography. His latest book, A Pirate Looks at Fifty, tells the story of Jimmy Buffett's life. Buffett has also penned two children's books, The Jolly Mon and Trouble Dolls.
Buffett's second album, High Cumberland Jubilee, has a 1970s folk-rock feel. It features songs that are a combination of hippie sagas and sex-centric anthems. The album was lost for several years before it was re-released.
Buffett was the musical guest for an episode of NCIS: New Orleans called "Rogue Nation". His songs are also often cited as the inspiration for the films Tropic Thunder and The Beach Bum. Buffett has also worked with Frank Sinatra on "Mack the Knife." Buffett's latest album, The Jolly Mon, is co-written with his daughter.
Buffett has also been credited with being one of the first artists to use social media. He was a founding member of the Coral Reefer Band and his band has appeared on the White House lawn. His first album was also nominated for the CMA Event of the Year Award for the song "Hey Good Looking."
Buffett is a unique artist, and his music is a reflection of his island-like lifestyle. He has received numerous awards and has sold millions of albums. Buffett has been a popular guest on several radio programs, including Elvis Presley's Show.