‘Margaritaville’ singer Jimmy Buffett, who turned beach-bum life into an empire, dies at 76

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JD Jones

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He had been not doing well for the last month or so. Sad to see him go. RIP
 

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I have enjoyed his music over the years. Obviously not a parrothead, since I never attended any of his concerts, but a fan nonetheless. Will miss him.

My Dominican better half even added some new words and terms to her vocabulary: nibbling, strumming, six-string, pop-top...
 

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A sad day for Parrotheads everywhere. Last time I saw him was in Boston down by the harbour decades ago. An excellent song writer and a great entrepreneur. RIP Jimmy. Hope your sailing on 50 feet of waterline reaching for the trades.
 

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Sad News ... He was loved by a Lot of people.. Really enjoyed his Music a lot esp om Sat Radio, but never had the Pleasure of attending one of his Concerts .
Met him by accident in a Beach Parking lot hanging out with some hard core Surfer Dudes in Montauk NY, years ago.. He was a very nice guy , and down to earth. He really seemed to enjoy mingling with his Fans.
 

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His song Banana Republics is spot on about this place......or how this place once was.....sad day......
 

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I remember him well...wondering how connected he is 'financially" to the Margaritaville resorts.
 

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I remember him well...wondering how connected he is 'financially" to the Margaritaville resorts.
I read an article about his holdings yesterday. No mention of any of them. Maybe he was getting paid to use his name?
 

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Back in April, Forbes added Jimmy Buffett to the list of new billionaires, and Warren Buffett (no relation) suggesting that Jimmy add him to his will...

JB owned 28% of Margaritaville Holdings.
 
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Yes, the article said he was a billionaire
Mostly from businesses

He didn’t sell all that many records

Not enough to make a billion
 

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Frank12 shared this photo on FB Dominican North Coast Coconut Telegraph... Jimmy Buffet at Encuentro..
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Back in April, Forbes added Jimmy Buffett to the list of new billionaires, and Warren Buffett (no relation) suggesting that Jimmy add him to his will...

JB owned 28% of Margaritaville Holdings.
True.......and that is the entity that operates/franchises the Margaritaville themed hotels/restaurants etc.

But he also owns the entity that is the parent company of Maragritaville Holdings LLC. That corporation is aptly named Cheeseburger Holding Company LLC.

He was a one man business empire who never seemed to take too much seriously................but he had a great business mind.................and developed a cult following.

I remember when he flipped his seaplane on Nantucket and the local interview he gave regarding it. He said it was really nothing. And compared to another incident he would have a couple years later in Jamaica, where authorities shot at his plane mistaking it for someone carrying on illicit activity....it truly was nothing. He even recorded a song about the incident "Jamaica Mistaica".................he lived life on his terms..........and was also able to achieve billionaire status.

Saw one of his shows some years ago.................it was more of an event...........than a concert. He was the antithesis to the other truly cult band...........Grateful Dead.

May he RIP and truly enjoy a "cheeseburger in paradise."


Respectfully,
Playacaribe2
 

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From Paul McCarney's Facebook Page


" It seems that so many wonderful people are leaving this world, and now Jimmy Buffett is one of them. I’ve known Jimmy for some time and found him to be one of the kindest and most generous people.
I remember once on holiday when I had forgotten to bring my guitar and was itching to play. He said he would get me one of his, but I said, ‘I’m left-handed’. So, Jimmy had his roadie restring one of his guitars which he loaned me for the duration of the holiday. He then followed this act of generosity by giving me my own beautiful left-handed guitar that had been made by one of his guitar-making pals. It’s a beautiful instrument, and every time I play it now it’ll remind me of what a great man Jimmy was.
He had a most amazing lust for life and a beautiful sense of humour. When we swapped tales about the past his were so exotic and lush and involved sailing trips and surfing and so many exciting stories that it was hard for me to keep up with him.
Right up to the last minute his eyes still twinkled with a humour that said, ‘I love this world and I’m going to enjoy every minute of it’.
So many of us will miss Jimmy and his tremendous personality. His love for us all, and for mankind as a whole.
Last, but not least, is his songwriting and vocal ability. If someone made an interesting remark he repeated it in his gorgeous Louisiana drawl and said, ‘That’s a good idea for a song’. Most times it didn’t take too long for that song to appear. I was very happy to have played on one of his latest songs called ‘My Gummy Just Kicked In’. We had a real fun session and he played me some of his new songs. One, in particular, I loved was the song, ‘Bubbles Up’. And I told him that not only was the song great but the vocal was probably the best I’ve heard him sing ever. He turned a diving phrase that is used to train people underwater into a metaphor for life when you’re confused and don’t know where you are just follow the bubbles - they’ll take you up to the surface and straighten you out right away.
So long, Jim. You are a very special man and friend and it was a great privilege to get to know you and love you. Bubbles up, my friend.
Love, Paul "
 

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A singer.
A song writer.
A storyteller par excellence.
A sailor.
and of course...
The inevitable Canadian connection...The Son of the son of a Sailor.
From all appearances he was an all round good guy.
Just what the world needs more.

From the Rock, Newfoundland, Canada...
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