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Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville. A state of mind is now a state of being. But how did Margaritaville come into a "state of being?" better yet, how did Margaritaville become a "state of mind?" How could some guy armed only with writers instruments; a pen and a legal pad, create all that is "Margaritaville?" Imagination.


It's My Job

Jimmy Buffett arrived in Nashville in 1969 prepared to embark on a recording career. Gerry Wood, an old JB associate and currently a writer for Billboard Magazine recalls that, "Barnaby Records signed the artist to a two-album contract--and Jimmy went into the studio to record Down to Earth."

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Top 10 Burgers

The myth of the cheeseburger in paradise goes back to a long trip on my first boat, the Euphoria. We had run into some very rough weather crossing the Mona Passage between Hispaniola and Puerto Rico and broke our bow sprit. The ice in our box had melted, and we were doing the canned-food-and-peanut-butter diet.

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Box Set

I saw a picture of my grandfather after he had come back from a trip to Nova Scotia. He was born there but left when he was a young man and didn't return until he was 84. He was standing on dock staring at an old sailing schooner, and the look on his face told the story of where he had come from and where he had been.

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Reporter's Notes

I never wanted to interview Jimmy Buffett. The reason is that I need to hold on to a few personal reporter rules so I won't lose my mind in the newspaper game. The rules are simple and have served me well for many years. 1) Write the truth-it makes sleeping easier. 2) Never sleep with a source or the religion editor. 3) Never interview a celebrity you admire-which is why I never wanted to meet Jimmy Buffett while serving as a newspaper reporter.

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Key West

His music has been described at different times as "shrimp boat rock", "calypso country" and "gulf and western". I grew up in the coastal south. I love rhythm and blues music, and the cross between R&B and Harry Belafonte. Calypso too, like banjo or steel drum sounds. they affect the human spirit or psyche in a way that's very pleasant and relaxing.

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A Place in the Shade

My fantasy has been to find that perfect laid-back town by the ocean, the kind of place where the locals are all legendary characters who spend their days mixing up margaritas, where the air is always warm, and where the sea is crystal clear - a real Margaritaville of the mind.

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Air Margaritaville

The view from Bora Bora today is not the one on the postcards. There are no bare-breasted Polynesian beauties drinking from coconut shell around my bungalow, and I can't see Bali Hai because the visibility is only about a quarter of a mile across the lagoon.

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Bubbles Up, Rock Star

It all started last winter , when I gave the Margaritaville Store a concert photo of Jimmy. I soon received a short note from him saying he'd sure like to get a flight in a Navy jet. Jimmy ended by saying "I have a helmet"--- a la Jack Nicholson in Easy Rider.

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Barometer Soup

Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville. A state of mind is now a state of being. But how did Margaritaville come into a "state of being?" better yet, how did Margaritaville become a "state of mind?" How could some guy armed only with writers instruments; a pen and a legal pad, create all that is "Margaritaville?" Imagination.

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Death of a Troubador

Jimmy called the other day to let us know Bobby Ingram was on his way down, and that it was OK to give him the keys to the house. "Fred Neil died in Summerland," he explained, "and a friend's coming down to take care of things."

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A&E Interview

Prior to my first visit to New Orleans I had never heard of the "Parrot Heads." If you've never encountered them either, let me explain. Those who devotedly follow the rock group The Grateful Dead are called "Dead Heads," and those who devoted follow Jimmy Buffett are called "Parrot Heads."

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