Buffett performing, January 2008
|Birth name||James William Buffett III|
James William Buffett (born December 25, 1946), is an American musician, songwriter, author, actor, and businessman. He is best known for his music, which often portrays an "island escapism" lifestyle. Together with his
Aside from his career in music, Buffett is also a best-selling writer and is involved in two restaurant chains named after two of his best-known songs; he owns the
Buffett was born on December 25, 1946, in Pascagoula, Mississippi, and spent part of his childhood in
Buffett married Margie Washichek in 1969 and divorced in 1971. Buffett spent years working as the first mate on the yacht of industrialist Foster Talge on the Petticoat III in Key West while perfecting the "Caribbean Rock n' Roll" genre. Buffett and his second wife, Jane (née Slagsvol) have two daughters, Savannah Jane and Sarah Delaney, (Sarah was almost named Sara Loraine, after his mother, but was named Sarah Delaney after his father), and an adopted son, Cameron Marley, and reside in
His father died May 1, 2003, at the age of 83. His mother died a few months after her husband, on September 25, 2003.
In 2015, Jimmy Buffett spoke at the University of Miami's graduation ceremony and received an honorary doctorate in music. Wearing flip flops and aviator sunglasses, he told graduates, in a paraphrase of his song "The Pascagoula Run", that "it's time to see the world, time to kiss a girl, and time to cross the wild meridian."