In a world filled with various styles of music, few musicians have been as entertaining or fun to listen to as singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett. His style of music revolutionized not only the country music genre but American music as a whole.
From songs like "Margaritaville" to "A Pirate Looks at Forty" to "Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes," Buffett's music has been played by beach-goers and adventure-seekers all over the world. How well do you know his catchy lyrics and comforting tunes? Here's a quiz where you can find out!
Starting in 1969, Jimmy Buffett helped usher in a new era of country music that emphasized oceanic folklore and islander escapism. His music discussed drinking rum on the beach, sailing the open seas, and dancing the night away. Though Buffett could pull at your heartstrings occasionally with songs like "Coast of Marseilles," he became better known for emphasizing a good time and his concerts followed this tone.
Will you be able to recall lyrics from the most popular Jimmy Buffett songs, many of which date back decades? If you think you're capable, get started with this Jimmy Buffett quiz and prove you're an expert when it comes to this legendary country singer!
Jimmy Buffett opened a chain restaurant named after his popular song, "Margaritaville." He opened the first of these restaurants in 1985 in Key West, Florida.
A popular Jimmy Buffett song, the title of "Cheeseburger in Paradise" was used for the name of a restaurant that opened in 2002. The restaurant was founded by OSI Restaurant Partners who purchased the rights to the title from Jimmy Buffett.
"A Pirate Looks at Forty" has been one of Jimmy Buffett's most popularly covered songs. Artists from Ian McNabb to Bob Dylan and Joan Baez have covered the song since it was released in 1975.
Released in 1974, "Come Monday" was one of Jimmy Buffett's first big hit singles as a musician. In fact, the song became so popular, it reached No. 30 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Jimmy Buffett used the pseudonym, Marvin Gardens, when he wrote the song, "Why Don't We Get Drunk." He got the name from the original Atlantic City version of the "Monopoly" board game.
Jimmy Buffett was stuck in Boston during the winter of 1979 when he came up with the song, "Boat Drinks." The song describes how he was homesick and wanted to return to a warmer climate.
Andy Devine was an actor who became well-known for his roles in Western films. Some of his most popular work includes "Stagecoach," "How the West Was Won," and "A Star is Born."
"He Went to Paris" was the final single from the album, "A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean." The song was about a Spanish Civil War veteran named Eddie Balchowsky who later became a musician and poet.
"Son of a Son of a Sailor" was the name of the eighth studio album released by Jimmy Buffett, which came out in 1978. The album became so popular, it reached No. 10 on the Billboard 200 album chart.
"Grapefruit-Juicy Fruit" was written during the early years of Jimmy Buffett's career when he worked on a fishing boat. The song describes tourist girls he would pick up and take on dates where they would have drinks where you couldn't taste the alcohol.
Jimmy Buffett rewrote the song, "Fins," in 2009 for the Miami Dolphins of the NFL. The altered song plays during home games after the Dolphins score a touchdown.
"Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes," released in 1977, became the best-selling studio album of Jimmy Buffett's career. The album transformed Buffett from a regional star into a household name.
Jimmy Buffett wrote "Volcano" with Keith Sykes and Harry Dailey. The song quickly became a fan favorite and is played at nearly every Jimmy Buffett concert.
"Breathe In, Breathe Out, Move On" was written in 2006 as a tribute to the victims of Hurricane Katrina, a deadly hurricane that tore through New Orleans, destroying parts of the city and leaving thousands homeless throughout the Mississippi and Louisiana Gulf Coast.
Jimmy Buffett's song, "Jamaica Mistaica," was about an incident where Buffett's plane, Hemisphere Dancer, was shot by authorities in Jamaica who believed it as being used to smuggle drugs. At the time, the plane was carrying Buffett and U2's lead singer, Bono.
Released in 2004, "Trip Around the Sun" featured Jimmy Buffett and Martina McBride. McBride was an established country star by then with several major hit singles of her own, including "The Time Has Come" and "Safe in the Arms of Love."
While performing "Gypsies in Paradise" during concerts, Jimmy Buffett famously plays a prerecording about men who were left behind to watch castles while the knights were away. Buffett then starts to play the song, which describes two men who are left behind to watch a wealthy man's house.
"God's Own Drunk" was a song based on a monologue by Lord Buckley, a stand-up comedian during the first half of the 20th century. Buffett had to stop playing the song after he was sued by Buckley's son, Dick Buckley Jr., for copyright infringement.
"Growing Older But Not Up" was released on the 1981 album, "Coconut Telegraph." The album was another success for Buffett, reaching No. 30 on the Billboard 200 album chart.
Jimmy Buffett wrote "One Particular Harbour" with Bobby Holcomb, a Hawaiian musician known for Polynesian tunes. "One Particular Harbour" became Holcomb's most popular song in the United States, giving the country a glimpse of his talent.
"Cowboy in the Jungle" was a song on the album, "Son of a Son of a Sailor," which was initially released by ABC Records. In 1979, ABC Records was bought by MCA Records, which released several of Buffett's future albums.
Jimmy Buffett released three versions of "The Captain and the Kid" throughout his lengthy career. The first version was released in 1970 on the album, "Down to Earth."
"Nautical Wheelers" was released in 1974 on the album, "A1A." The song title refers to shipbuilders who work on the hulls of ships using a technique called wheeling.
Jimmy Buffett recorded songs like "Little Miss Magic" with the Coral Reefer Band. The band formed in 1974, though most of its members have changed throughout the years.
Jimmy Buffett wrote a children's picture book based off the "Jolly Mon Song." The book, "The Jolly Mon," included a prerecording of Buffett reading the book with his daughter, Savannah.
"Who's the Blonde Stranger" was the first song on the album, "Riddles in the Sand." Released in 1984, the album marked the first time that not a single song was written solely by Buffett.
In 2008, an American Thoroughbred racehorse won the "OTB Big Apple Triple" which included the Mike Lee Stakes, the New York Derby, and the Albany Stakes. The horse was named after Jimmy Buffett's song, "Tin Cup Chalice."
"Coast of Marseilles" is one of only two songs on the album, "Son of a Son of a Sailor," that was not written by Jimmy Buffett. Both it and "The Last Line" were written by Keith Sykes, who worked with several other country artists, including The Judds and Rosanne Cash.
The song, "Math Suks," was criticized by national organizations that represented math teachers. Critics believed the song projected a negative view of math that was harmful to children.
Jon Bon Jovi was the lead singer of the American rock band, Bon Jovi. The band found fame in the 1980s with songs like "Runaway" and "Livin' on a Prayer," and though the band has taken several hiatuses, they continue to tour.
Jimmy Buffett has said that he wrote the song, "Death of an Unpopular Poet," after hearing about the death of Kenneth Patchen. A member of the San Fransisco Renaissance, Patchen never found fame during his lifetime but garnered more attention after his death.
"Peanut Butter Conspiracy" was part of the first successful album, "A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean," of Jimmy Buffett's career. The album was produced by Don Grant, with whom Buffett would work on his next two albums.
Jimmy Buffett based his song, "The Don't Dance Like Carmen No More," on Carmen Miranda. Born in Portugal, Miranda was a Brazilian samba singer and dancer who also found success in film and on Broadway where she was known for her fruit hats.
"Door Number Three" was released on Side A of the album, "A1A." The album was named after Florida State Road A1A which runs through many of the towns along the Atlantic Ocean.
Jimmy Buffett took a break from creating new music after releasing "Off to See the Lizard" in 1989. He came back in 1994 with the album, "Fruitcakes," and released several more albums throughout the mid- to late-1990s.