Fins up to Jimmy Buffett, for all he has done for people wearing grass skirts, fins and everything else to his concerts. On Sept. 1, 2023, he passed away peacefully with his family – and his dogs – at his side.
The self-proclaimed troubadour from Mobile, Alabama, wound up entertaining hundreds of thousands of fans from the 1970s to the current era by singing about the beach and sailing lifestyle, as well as the crazy characters he met along the way. His fans, who dressed up in tropical attire for his legendary concerts in which the tailgate party surpassed the actual concert, became known as Parrotheads, a parody of the term Deadheads, the loyal followers of the Grateful Dead.
Buffett had twice been the hospital recently, once in October 2022 and again in May of 2023. His last concert was in San Diego in May and I was there for it. His company recently opened a Margaritaville in San Diego and he was rumored to be appearing there for a private show. The cause of death was lymphoma. Four years earlier he had been diagnosed with skin cancer.
He leaves behind a legacy of signature songs too many to list, but among the most popular are Margaritaville (which even non-Buffet fans know), Fins, Volcano, Boat Drinks, A Pirate Looks At 40, Cheeseburger in Paradise and Come Monday.
More than his music, tho, it was his carefree lifestyle that made him so popular among his loyal fans. Lines in his songs like “fast enough to get there but slow enough to see” and “just another shitty day in paradise” resonated with land-locked and even beachfront fans. He was 76 years old.
Jimmy may be gone but he and his spirit lives on forever. PubClub.com will have more on Jimmy Buffett and his legacy in other posts. You can see and read more on Jimmy Buffett, including concert reviews and tailgate parties, at the link below.