That brings us up-to-date with today's spotlight shining on a well known folk country singer and songwriter of the 70s. But, don't think for a moment that his music stopped there! A bit of music trivia takes us back to 1996 but also a look at his two most popular songs.
Today in Music History: January 16
James William "Jimmy" Buffett: an American singer–songwriter, author, actor, and businessman best known for his music, which often portrays an "island escapism" lifestyle, and the often humorous things he has experienced throughout his life
Jimmy Buffet's first album, 1970's Down to Earth, sold a whopping 324 copies. Barnaby Records then temporarily misplaced the master tape of his second album before its release. By 1972, Nashville was left behind in the dust, as well as a failed marriage, as he headed south to Key West. With such misadventures as supporting himself by smuggling a little marijuana from the Caribbean and developing his drunken-sailor persona, Jimmy Buffett found his niche. The rest is history with Buffett's commercial breakthrough coming in 1977. Ever heard of "Margaritaville" (1977) or "Cheeseburger in Paradise" (1978)? No one could come through the 70s without attachment to either of these songs! They are classics of the era.
The 1985 compilation Songs You Know by Heart (subtitled Jimmy Buffet's Greatest Hit[s] in self-mocking reference to the fact that "Margaritaville" was his only major pop hit) sold 2 million copies; 1992's Boats Beaches Bars & Ballads also went platinum. By that time Buffett had established a Margaritaville empire, including a record label and Margaritaville Store and Café outlets in Key West, New Orleans, Orlando, and Charleston. He wrote three best-selling books: Tales From Margaritaville, a collection of short stories; the novel Where Is Joe Merchant?; and the memoir A Pirate Looks at Fifty, which made Buffett only the sixth author ever to top both the fiction and nonfiction lists. Read MORE from Rolling Stone...
1996 Jamaican authorities opened fire on Jimmy Buffett's seaplane "Hemisphere Dancer", mistaking it for a drug trafficker's plane. U2 singer Bono was also on the plane; neither singer was injured in the incident. The incident inspired Buffett to write a song called 'Jamaica Mistaica'.No.1 hits on this day...
[Click on the year for the songs that hit number one on the charts in the US during that year.]
1988 George Michael went to No.1 on the US album charts with his debut solo album 'Faith'. It went on to sell over 8 million copies.
1988 Tina Turner gave herself a place in the record books when she performed in front of 182,000 people in Rio De Janeiro. The largest audience ever for a single artist.
And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...