Jimmy Buffett was honored as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor during the 2009-2010 season at the University of Miami Frost School of Music for his musical accomplishments in the popular culture genre. Singer/songwriter/author Jimmy Buffett has become a legend of popular culture as the composer of such classic songs as Margaritaville, Come Monday and Cheeseburger in Paradise. He has recorded more than 40 albums, most of which have gone gold, platinum or multi-platinum. His sold–out concert tours are an annual rite of summer for his legions and fans, affectionately known as Parrotheads, many of whom are professionals by day and who dress in spectacular and outrageous tropical outfits and headwear when Jimmy comes to town.
Born in the Gulf Coast town of Pascagoula, Mississippi, Buffett was raised in Mobile, Alabama, He is a fourth-generation sailor and fisherman, a pilot, a surfer, and a frequent traveler to remote and exotic places of the world, having become addicted to National Geographic magazine as a child. The lyrics to many of his songs are influenced by his travels around the globe.
As a best-selling author, he is one of only nine authors in the history of the New York Times Bestseller List to have reached #1 on both their fiction and non-fiction lists. Buffett has received two Grammy nominations numerous Country Music Association awards and was the recipient of one of the nation’s highest songwriting honors when he was inducted in the Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame.