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James William Buffett
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Singer; songwriter; guitarist; author
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Jimmy Buffett Fast Facts:
Father worked as a naval architect in the Gulf of Mexico region and himself was the son of a sailor.
Was assistant Southern editor of Billboard magazine.
Founded Save the Manatee Club in 1981 and Singing for Change charitable foundation in 1995.
Has been a member of the Greenpeace Foundation (honorary director) and the Cousteau Society.
Billionaire investor Warren Buffett is a distant cousin.
Collaborated in 1995 with Pulitzer Prize winner Herman Wouk, known for epic novels like
The Caine Mutiny
The Winds of
, to create a musical adaptation of
Don't Stop the Carnival
In 1996, Jamaican police mistook Buffett's sea plane for that of a drug smuggler and shot at the craft, which also carried U2's Bono.
Served as a correspondent for Rolling Stone magazine in 1998, covering Pope John Paul II's visit to Cuba.
That same year, his autobiography,
A Pirate Looks at 50
, made him one of a handful of authors to reach the top of the New York Times' best-selling books list for both fiction and non-fiction; he joined the likes of Hemingway and Steinbeck.
Was involved in a temporary naming-rights deal for the former Dolphins Stadium in Miami in 2009.
In 2010, performed a free concert---which also featured such acts as Jesse Winchester and Kenny Chesney---in response to an oil disaster that devastated the Gulf Coast.
In 2011, was hospitalized with a head injury after falling from a stage while performing in Australia.
Jimmy Buffett Relationships:
Mary Loraine Buffett - Mother
Cameron Marley Buffett - Son
Margie Washichek - Ex-wife
James Delaney Buffett Jr. - Father
Loraine Marie - Sister
Lucy Ann - Sister
Jane Slagsvol - Wife
Savannah Jane Buffett - Daughter
Sarah Delaney Buffett - Daughter
Jimmy Buffett Awards:
2005 CMT Music Awards: Collaborative Video of the Year - Nominee
2007 CMT Music Awards: Wide Open Country Video of the Year - Nominee
2004 CMT Music Awards: Flameworthy Collaborative Video of the Year - Nominee
2011 CMT Music Awards: CMT Performance of the Year - Winner
2012 CMT Music Awards: Collaborative Video of the Year - Nominee
2004 CMT Music Awards: Flameworthy Video of the Year - Nominee
Attended Auburn University, Auburn, AL; attended Pearl River Community College, Hattiesburg, MS; University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS (BS in History, 1969)
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