Jimmy Buffett Facts – A Parrot Head Resource

jimmy buffett factsJimmy Buffett Facts - A Parrot Head Resource

Lets face it, when we think of Jimmy Buffett, well we are usually partying. There may be a Margarita or two mixed in, so the stories will start to tell may get a tad tall. Therefore, I want this to be the biggest and best list of Jimmy Buffett Facts on the internet. If you think you can contribute to the list, please Contact Island Jay! You will be given full credit in the resource section. Here is a list of Jimmy Buffett Facts I have so far. I know there is a LOT more facts out there.

Here are personal Jimmy Buffett Facts.

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  • J.B. was born on Christmas Day, 1946 in Pascagoula, MS.
  • J.B.’s full name is James William Buffett.
  • J.B.’s parents were James Delaney Buffett, Jr. and Mary Loraine.
  • J.B.’s father was nick named JD.
  • J.B. attended St. Ignatius Elementary School & McGill Institute (High School) and graduated in 1964.
  • J.B. earned a bachelors degree in 1969 from USM. His major? History.
  • J.B. has been married twice. More recently to Jane in 1977 to present. His first marriage was to Margie Wachichek from 1969-1971.
  • J.B. has three children, Savannah (1979), Sarah (1992), and Cameron (1994).
  • J.B. is NOT related to Warren Buffett, no matter how many times he called him “Uncle Warren”. This was proven through DNA testing.
  • J.B. took up the guitar in college just to meet women.
  • J.B. trademarked the term “Parrot Head” back in 1996 and was coined by Coral Reefer Timothy B. Schmit in 1985.
  • J.B. was asked to be in the Pirate of the Caribbean movies, but had to turn it down because of a lack of time.


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Here are Key West Jimmy Buffett Facts

  • J.B. was introduced to Key West in 1971 by Jerry Jeff Walker, singer of the famous song Mr. Bojangles.
  • When J.B. lived in Key West at one of his many residecnes, he truly was 50 feet from Louie’ Backyard Bar.
  • J.B. played the Chart Room Bar as his first gig. This where he introduced the song “Nautical Wheelers”.
  • J.B. and the Coral Reefers played Mallory Square frequently in the 1970′s….for free.
  • J.B. could not survive financially on his singing career in the beginning, so he also worked as a first mate on many private fishing charters.
  • The first Margaritaville Store opened in 1985.



Here are Music Related Jimmy Buffett Facts

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  • Parrot Heads will often tail gate many hours before a concert starts. Some arriving as early as dawns break.
  • The Cheeseburger in Paradise was inspired while on a boat. Starving, J.B. stopped at a marina in Tortola. The overcook burgers served to him and his starving crew were thoroughly enjoyed. 
  • Boat Drinks was written while J.B. was in Boston during a very cold February. The situation inspired him to look for a place to go where it is warm.
  • Come Monday was written for J.B.’s wife and family, as it is often the day he would return home from working on the weekends.
  • One Particular Harbor was written about a J.B. concert in Tahiti. While there, Jimmy was staying at a location that gave him a view of Cook’s Bay, which inspired him to write One Particular Harbor.
  • Manana was inspired by J.B. living on his boat for a year in the British Virgin Islands. While at Foxy’s Bar, the power went out on the island allowing the stars to shine through for the rest of the night.
  • Nautical Wheelers were a square dancing group from Key West that J.B. used to watch just off of Duval Street.
  • For many decades, J.B. concerts use to always feature The Big 8. These were 8 well know songs that were the staple of his concerts. This has changes a bit since 2003, but The Big 8 are:[/custom_list][custom_list style="list-10"]
    • “Margaritaville”
    • “Come Monday”
    • “Fins”
    • “Volcano”
    • A Pirate Looks at Forty
    • “Cheeseburger in Paradise”
    • “Why Don’t We Get Drunk” — only played occasionally, as of 2007
    • “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes”


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From a Cheeseburger in Paradise to his start in Key West, Jimmy Buffett has many stories behind his name. Some are tall and some are small. In the end, they do not matter if they are 100% true. As long as they continue to make us wonder and appreciate what he had given to every last Parrot Head.

Jimmy Buffett Facts Resources:

  • Wikipedia
  • Book “Jimmy Buffett the Key West Years” by Tom Corcoran
  • Island Jay Facebook Followers : Jill Craddock Rea, Julie Fox-Jensen, Scott Chabot, Rita Corvelli Meyers





Jason "Island Jay" Guarino is a Beach & Island lover. Living in the Gulf Coast of Tampa, Florida, Jason and his family frequently visit the local beaches and beautiful sites that Florida offers.