Saturday, July 13, 2024

Tribute: Jimmy Buffett Scores 9 of the Top 10 Albums on iTunes, 17 of the Top 20 Singles — Read James Taylor’s Goodbye


Jimmy Buffett fans are certainly paying tribute to him after his untimely death.

Right now, Buffett has 9 of the top 10 albums on iTunes and 17 of the top 20.


All of his singles are on the top 100 starting with 4 of the top 5 including, of course, “Margaritaville” at number 1. In all, he’s commanding 27 positions of the top 100 on iTunes singles.

It’s the same on Amazon, where Buffett has the top 3 albums and then about 20 more scattered through the top 100.

So much for naysayers who claimed Buffett has just one hit. It isn’t true.

On Twitter so many singers and friends have posted fond eulogies. James Taylor wrote this one:

“Jimmy Buffett invented his own character, which, in a sense we all do: invent, assemble, inherit, or fall into our inner identity. But Jimmy was the founder of an actual tribe: tens of thousands of us made our way to where he was holding court, just to be near him.

“People say he was a lord of life and that’s true: somewhere between Falstaff and the pirate, Jean Laffite. But to me, my friend Jimmy Buffet was a real example of a man: no puffed up defensive macho bullshit, but a model of how to enjoy the great gift of being alive.

“And that’s what he shared so generously with us: a positive enthusiasm at being here. That so few of us knew how ill he was is essential Jimmy Buffett: he had no intention of burdening us with his illness.

“He told me a story about him & Savannah wake surfing in a harbor somewhere: there was a huge freighter leaving port & Jimmy got the captain on the radio. The guy was a ParrotHead & he adjusted his course & speed to give Jimmy the perfect ride. And what a ride it’s been.

“So long old pal.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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