Margaritaville – Jimmy Buffett

THIS DAY IN MUSIC………………………………..on May 22nd of 1977 “Margaritaville” by Jimmy Buffett reached #1 {for 1 week} on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary Tracks chart; also peaked at #1 on Canadian RPM Contemporary chart. Buffett wrote this song in Key West, Florida after he finished a tour with his group, the Coral Reefer Band. They had just toured Texas, and Buffet spent some time drinking Margaritas in a Mexican restaurant with a friend before going back to Key West. When he got there, he sat at the Old Anchor Inn watching gridlock on the roads – and used it as inspiration as he composed the song. Buffett recorded this song at Criteria Studios in Miami with producer Norbert Putnam. Buffett and Putnam met in Nashville, which is where each did most of their work. When Buffett asked Putnam to work on an album of songs about a carefree lifestyle by the water, Putnam told him that he needed to be near the water when recording it if he was going to pull it off, so Miami it was. Putnam said in Sound On Sound: “One day in the studio, he comes in and starts telling me about a day he had in Key West. He was coming home from a bar and he lost one of his flip-flops and he stepped on a beer can top and he couldn’t find the salt for his Margarita. He says he’s writing lyrics to it and I say ‘That’s a terrible idea for a song.’ He comes back in a few days later with ‘Wasted Away Again In Margaritaville’ and plays it and right then everyone knows it’s a hit song. Hell, it wasn’t a song – it was a movie.””Margaritaville” has come to symbolize a carefree Caribbean lifestyle. For many people, the only time they experience this way of living is on vacations or Jimmy Buffet concerts. Buffett has a lot of fans who work very hard, make a lot of money, and use his music as an escape. Buffet has always loved sailing, and when this song became a hit, he was thrilled because he could buy his own boat. He has said that even if he was a one hit wonder, he would have been happy with his boat sailing around the islands.Buffett owns Margaritaville stores in Key West, New Orleans, Jamaica, Charleston, and Orlando. They sell clothing and other items inspired by the song. The song also reached #8 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Pop Chart and #13 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles Chart.