Chicago fans pay tribute to Jimmy Buffet who died at age 76

Chicago Jimmy Buffet fans paid tribute to the legendary singer who passed away at his home in Sag Harbor on Long Island, New York, on September 1 from Merkel cell skin cancer.

Many Chicago “Parrotheads” stopped by Buffett’s Maragitaville restaurant at Navy Pier to pay their respects, and the Chicago Cubs paid tribute to the singer with a message on the Wrigley Field marquee, “In Loving Memory of Jimmy Buffett. 1946-2023.” In 2005, Buffett became the first musician to perform at the historic ballpark. 

A statement was posted on Buffett’s social media and on his website that read, “Jimmy passed away peacefully on the night of September 1st surrounded by his family, friends, music and dogs. He lived his life like a song till the very last breath and will be missed beyond measure by so many.”

Buffett, who is survived by his wife Jane and children Savannah, Sarah and Cameron, was born on December 25, 1946 in Pascagoula, Mississippi, and raised in nearby Mobile, Alabama. He developed an interest in music at a young age, learning to play the guitar, he immersed himself in various musical styles, including country, folk, and rock.

He began his music career in the late 1960s and gained recognition in the 1970s for his unique style, which combined elements of country, rock, and folk with a tropical, island vibe. He released his debut album, “Down to Earth,” in 1970, but it was his 1977 album “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes” that included the hit song “Margaritaville,” which became his signature song and an enduring classic.

Buffett continued to release albums and tour extensively throughout his career, amassing a dedicated fan base known as “Parrotheads.” His concerts often feature a lively and festive atmosphere, with fans dressing in tropical attire and enjoying the laid-back vibe of his music.

Notable Songs:

  • “Margaritaville”
  • “Cheeseburger in Paradise”
  • “Come Monday”
  • “Fins”
  • “A Pirate Looks at Forty”
  • It’s Five O’ Clock Somewhere (with Alan Jackson)

In addition to his music career, Jimmy Buffett is a prolific author. He has written several books, including novels, short stories, and memoirs. His literary works often draw inspiration from the themes and lifestyle depicted in his music.

Buffett ventured into the restaurant business with the creation of the Margaritaville restaurant chain. These establishments are known for their tropical-themed decor, serving food and drinks in a relaxed and beachy atmosphere.

Considered to be a cultural icon, Buffet made a significant impact on the entertainment industry, particularly through his music and the lifestyle he promotes. His laid-back, carefree attitude and celebration of beach culture resonated with fans around the world, making him one of the most recognizable figures in popular music.

His last performance was a surprise 45-minute set during a Mac McAnally concert in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, on July 2.

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