I’ve been playing this song for 46 years now. I still love it as much as I did the first time I heard it.
I was way ahead of the curve on the Jimmy Buffett thing. Before, anyone had really heard about him. I got there by chance. When I was 16, I had driven my old 1947 Willy’s Jeep Station Wagon down to the backwoods of Chesapeake to help my girlfriend clean out a farm they had rented after the renters moved out.
I found these four albums of some guy I never heard of. But, he seemed pretty chill and fun on his album covers so I grabbed them to take home. It was A1A, A White Sports Coat And A Pink Crustacean, Havana Daydreaming and Living and Dying In 3/4 Time.
So, took them home and threw them on the old trusty turntable. They were an instant hit with me. “Pirate Looks At Forty” particularly stood out. I learned every song on every album. So, by the time “Margaritaville” came out? I already knew Buffett’s whole song catalogue.
Funny how things work. I had something unique to offer audiences in my Buffett song collection and built a huge following pretty fast. Once “Margaritaville” came out? All my “serious musician” friends gave me a hard time about playing Buffett.
Then a couple of them later figured out, “We’re giving Carter hell for playing Buffett and he’s booked eight nights a week, has all the local media doing articles on him and he’s laughing all the way to the bank. Maybe, we need to rethink this thing.”
The next thing I knew? They were all playing Buffett songs. But, I was always the Original! 👍🏼 ... See MoreSee Less
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