SiriusXM announced today that it will pay tribute to the legendary artist Jimmy Buffett on his exclusive SiriusXM channel Radio Margaritaville.
SiriusXM’s Radio Margaritaville is currently celebrating Jimmy Buffett’s life and legacy by featuring all Jimmy Buffett music.
Radio Margaritaville hosts, Kirsten Winquist and JD Spardlin, are hosting a live call-in tribute show today from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm ET where fans and subscribers can call in and remember Buffett. In addition, Radio Margaritaville will encore some memorable Jimmy Buffett Key West Concerts on Radio Margaritaville throughout the weekend, including the ‘Second Wind Tour’ from Saturday February 4th at the Key West Theater in Florida Today at 5:00 pm ET.
Additionally, SiriusXM will be airing a previously unreleased Jimmy Buffett songs from his upcoming album including “Bubbles Up,” “My Gummie Just Kicked In” featuring Paul McCartney playing bass and “Like My Dog” which were a few of the last songs Jimmy worked on. Fans will hear this very special track throughout the weekend.
Radio Margaritaville was created by Jimmy himself and launched on SiriusXM in 2005. It is one of SiriusXM’s longest running artist channels, having brought Jimmy’s music to fans nationwide for 18 years running. The channel is available to listeners nationwide in their cars (channel 24) and on the SiriusXM App.
“Jimmy Buffett was one of the most influential and beloved artists in music and his passing is a profound loss for fans around the world. We will honor his amazing legacy and celebrate his extraordinary body of work on SiriusXM and Radio Margaritaville by continuing to share his music and giving his legions of fans a place to share their memories of Jimmy,” said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SiriusXM.
Born on December 25, 1946, in Pascagoula, Mississippi, Jimmy Buffett was a singer-songwriter, author, and businessman who captured the hearts of millions with his unique blend of music, storytelling, and laid-back Caribbean vibes.
Buffett’s musical journey began in the late 1960s when he first picked up a guitar and started playing in local bars. His early folk and country-rock style eventually evolved into something entirely his own – a genre known as “Gulf and Western” or “Trop Rock.” This distinctive sound, often accompanied by steel drums, conveys the essence of island life, escapism, and the pursuit of a carefree lifestyle.
Jimmy Buffett’s breakthrough came with his 1977 album Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes featuring the iconic hit “Margaritaville.” This song would become an anthem for his devoted fanbase known as “Parrotheads,” who shared his love for the beach, margaritas, and a relaxed way of life. Buffett’s live performances, filled with beach balls, Hawaiian shirts, and an infectious party spirit, became an unforgettable part of his musical experience.
Buffett was also an accomplished writer, penning several best-selling books, including his autobiography A Pirate Looks at Fifty. He’s also dabbled in acting, with roles in films like Jurassic World and Cobb. Buffett’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to create the Margaritaville brand, encompassing restaurants, hotels, and merchandise, all inspired by his laid-back beach philosophy.
With his timeless music and indomitable spirit, Buffett’s legacy will continue to inspire a devoted following of fans who eagerly escape to his tropical paradise with every song and story.