Legendary Singer Jimmy Buffett died Friday of Merkel cell cancer, a rare form of skin cancer, at the age of 76


Legendary Singer Jimmy Buffett, died Friday of Merkel cell cancer, a rare form of skin cancer, at the age of 76. He died at his home in Sag Harbor, New York, and Key West, Florida, honored their longtime island resident with a parade Sunday evening.

Merkel cell cancer is very rare, according to the National Cancer Institute. Risk factors include sun exposure, having a weak immune system and being older than 50. It tends to grow quickly and spread at an early stage to nearby lymph nodes and then to lymph nodes or skin in other parts of the body, including the lungs, brain, bones and other organs.

Jimmy Buffett: the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter of “Margaritaville” built his brand that encompassed restaurants all over the world, clothing, gifts, casinos (with one in Las Vegas at The Flamingo) and so much more, with sun-drenched songs that celebrated life by the shore! He achieved international fame in 1977 with “Margaritaville,” a vacation anthem from his platinum-selling album Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes, that he went on to transform into an entire business empire including the Margaritaville chain of restaurants. He was a singer-songwriter, musician, author, and businessman. He was best known for his tropical rock music, which often portrays a lifestyle described as “island escapism”. 

Jimmy Buffett recorded hit songs known as “The Big 8”: “Margaritaville” (1977), which is ranked 234th on the Recording Industry Association of America’s list of “Songs of the Century”; “Come Monday” (1974); “Fins” (1979); “Volcano” (1979); “A Pirate Looks at Forty” (1974); “Cheeseburger in Paradise” (1978); “Why Don’t We Get Drunk” (1973); and “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes” (1977). His other popular songs include “Son of a Son of a Sailor” (1978), “One Particular Harbour” (1983), and “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” (2003). He formed the Coral Reefer Band in 1975. Of the over 30 albums released by Buffett, eight are certified gold and nine are certified platinum or multiplatinum. In total, Buffett sold over 20 million albums.

He parlayed the “island escapism” lifestyle of his music into several business ventures including Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurant chain, the now defunct Cheeseburger in Paradise restaurant chain, and ventures in hotels, casinos, liquor, and retirement communities. He was one of the world’s richest musicians, with a net worth of $1 billion. He was also a bestselling author. His devoted fanbase, composed mostly of baby boomers, are known as “Parrotheads.” 

We had interviewed Jimmy a few times on our show, with our first interview in the late 1990’s at Paradise Island in the Bahamas. He was always very generous with his time, and was always very friendly to myself, and all of our news staff- we will really miss him, and his great singing- with tropical island escapism hit songs, and this will be a great loss to the world. Our last interview with Jimmy was just before Covid hit us all in 2020, so we will dedicate to Jimmy: this last show we did with him, and re-broadcast it below in it’s interiority:

Jimmy Buffett “Escape to Margaritaville ” Stage Musical Live Performance & Exclusive Interview, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood: In this news video segment you will see the exclusive interview with music legend Jimmy Buffet, done by our reporter: Josef Csongei, on the opening night premier of Jimmy Buffet’s stage musical: “Escape to Margaritaville” at The world famous Dolby Theatre- the home to the Oscars.

In the next video segment you will see the incredible hit song: “Volcano” number of the opening night premier of Jimmy Buffet’s stage musical.

In the final video segment you will see the incredible closing number of the opening night premier of Jimmy Buffet’s stage musical. Only for this special opening night premiere you can see the Grammy Hall of Fame member and music legend Jimmy Buffet: in the middle of the stage in a white Hawaiian shirt playing the guitar, along with the Oscar Winning Producer: Frank Marshall, who is next to him to the left in the photo, in the blue Hawaiian shirt : both playing Jimmy Buffet’s hit song Margaritaville.  Below photo of the red carpet arrivals for the stars and cast: 

We witnessed an amazing show, with all of Jimmy Buffet’s hit songs, and a great story of the life style of living on the Islands, the “Island Escapism” lifestyle, – and with lots of humor throughout this very entertaining musical. Below are some photos of a few of the celebrities that attended this award-winning musical, with TV Producer: Steve Taylor on the left of each photo, and on the right of each photo:                         #1) Actor: David Arquette                                                                                      #2) Actor: Timothy Stack, who you all would recognize as the father on that hit TV comedy show: “Parker Lewis Can’t Lose”                                                         #3) Legendary Producer: Marty Krofft of “Sid & Marty Krofft” fame: 

Some of the many of Jimmy’s hit songs that are played during the show: Margaritaville, Come Monday, Fins, and my personal favorite: Volcano.  

We then went to the invite Only VIP after-party at the Hard Rock Cafe, which is also is located in The Hollywood Highland Center- adjacent to the Dolby Theatre. It was an amazing party with all of all of the cast and stars there in person. Below Photos with the cast at the VIP Invite Only After-Party at The Hard Rock Cafe:

They served amazing authentic food and drinks from Jimmy’s home town of Key West, Florida: including his signature drink: Margaritas- The Jimmy Buffet Margaritaville, and for desert delicious Key Lime Pie! We stayed to the “bitter end” – accept this time it wasn’t bitter at all – in fact it was very sweet as we shared with all of the show’s performers- a specially designed cake in the shape of a guitar (see photo below) – that was dedicated to Jimmy Buffet’s Escape to Margaritaville ! It was a special night that we will never forget. 

To start of this show we have musical clips of a wide range of other music superstars, that sang direct to our video camera, and/or sang for our TV Show Hosts Margie Rey & Renee Esebag, or were interviewed by our reporters. We are sure you will love this copulation of music clips: MTV Boy Band, 7 time Grammy Winner: the Legendary Gladys Knight; Eric Benet, International Artist: David Bisbal; Rapper and Grammy Award and Soul Train Music Award Winner: Run DMC: Darryl McDaniels; Rock Legend, Grammy Winner, and Grammy Hall of fame: Don McLean; Multi Grammy, MTV, Golden Globe and Academy Award Winner: Lady Gaga; Lance Bass, Rock Legend and Multi Grammy, MTV, Golden Globe and Academy Award Winner: Sir Elton John; Multi MTV, Billboard, American Music, and Teen Choice Awards Winner: Jennifer Lopez; Country Music Stars and Multi Grammy, Billboard, American Music, People’s Choice, and Country Music Awards Winners: : Garth Brooks and Dolly Parton; Multi MTV, Billboard, and Teen Choice Award Winner: Miley Cyrus; and Rocker and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: Alice Cooper, 2 time Grammy Award Winner: Michael Bolton, and Grammy Hall of Fame member and music legend Jimmy Buffet!

We like to give a special thanks to our reporter: Josef Csongei (see above Quad Postcard photo from the photo booth, with Josef on the left of each photo) who helped to make this all possible, and for doing some great in-depth interviews. Photo below: Josef on the left with the hero of the night, and musical legend: Jimmy Buffet: 

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