Eligible since: 1995 (The 1996 Induction Ceremony)
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Hello??? If they kept track of concert attendance, JB would be in right away. The only reason he's not in is because his style isn't narrow, but that doesn't stop groups like Blondie!
Posted by Bill Walsh on Tuesday, 10.31.06 @ 11:24am
Oh my God if this ever happens I might actualy have to stop listening to music all together. This would be the equivalent of putting Kenny G in a jazz hall of fame.
Posted by AZ Dave on Sunday, 03.4.07 @ 10:28am
innovation is a key factor eh? how many other artists are out there doing what JB does? who else is doing a caribean, jazz, country, rock mix? keep in mind that being in the hall doesnt mean YOU have to like them (seriously, is patti smith ANYONE'S favorite artist???). being in the hall means one took rock in a new and viable direction and sustained a fanbase and respect from coleagues while doing so. JB could not release a new album ever and he would continue to sell out arenas in 45 minutes flat like he has been for years. grateful dead and allman brothers aside, EVERY other artist in history would give their collective left nut for a fan base as dedicated as his. that kind of following doesnt happen by chance. there is magic in his songs and shows. like carlos santana, countless artists would wait in line for a chance to record with him.
Posted by brice payne on Tuesday, 03.13.07 @ 12:53pm
While I Don't think he will, Jimmy Buffet should be inducted into the HOF. His music is influental and it sells. His concerts always have high attendenace, and he puts on a great show
Posted by Matthew on Friday, 06.1.07 @ 11:39am
If he hasn't gotten in by now after being eligible since 1995, I'm not so optimistic about Jimmy Buffett's chances at induction. It's a real shame, though, because if you want to talk about broad appeal, commercial success, lasting power, and innovative ideas, Jimmy Buffett is certainly a prime example in each category. He's been around for a very long time and has always sold out concerts. His songs are still loved to this day by the modern generation as well as the one before. He blends soft rock with tropical breeze music that really sets him apart from the crowd. It's really sad, because he is very deserving, but if he hasn't made it in after 12 years of eligibility, I don't know about his chances now.
Posted by Drew on Monday, 08.27.07 @ 18:27pm
This is a tough one. While much of his material is admittedly lightweight, he is one of those rare artists who has created an entire subculture around his music and persona (much like the Grateful Dead did).
Posted by Dezmond on Tuesday, 08.28.07 @ 09:40am
He absolutely belongs, if for no other reason than his longevity and continued huge fan base. Few other artists can say that they're now entertaining a second, or third, generation of fans. His name is synonymous with a particular genre of music, and his biggest songs (Margaritaville, Cheeseburger in Paradise, Volcano, etc.) continue to be played at bars and beaches 25 years after their release. If an artist in his 60's can still inspire drunk college girls to sing, "Why Don't We Get Drunk and Screw?", they should get an automatic free pass into the Hall.
Posted by Otto Palindrome on Thursday, 06.12.08 @ 06:09am
can still inspire drunk college girls to sing "Why Don't We Get Drunk and Screw?", they should get an automatic free pass into the Hall. - Otto
Posted by Dameon on Thursday, 06.12.08 @ 13:41pm
an still inspire drunk college girls to sing "Why Don't We Get Drunk and Screw?", they should get an automatic free pass into the Hall. - Otto
Posted by mrxyz on Thursday, 10.16.08 @ 21:26pm
Posted by Brian on Monday, 08.10.09 @ 07:07am
I will try a few more arguments for/pro Jimmy Buffets inclusion in the Rock n Roll Hall of fame.
Posted by Brian on Thursday, 08.13.09 @ 18:00pm
there is absolutely no reason why Jimmy Buffett shouldn't be in the Hall of Fame
Posted by tom on Tuesday, 12.1.09 @ 16:58pm
Like Jimmy said (paraphrase):
Posted by kc on Friday, 12.18.09 @ 05:21am
Perhaps much of his material is "lightweight" but JB is capable of writing some pretty solid songs. Come Monday and A Pirate Looks at Forty are both very strong. Son of a Son of a Sailor, One Particular Harbor, and Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes aren't too shabby either. He also has written literally hundreds of songs that contain clever lyrics and/or lines which might make one think for a second or two. It isn't longevity, creativity, or concert attendance that is keeping JB out of the HoF.
Posted by Geoff K on Monday, 01.11.10 @ 09:22am
and ABBA gets elected in 2010?
Posted by Tony on Friday, 03.19.10 @ 15:00pm
its not about cheeseburger in paradise... The non-buffett fans know songs like this and margaritaville... His voice is not great he's an average at best guitar player... He's a troubador so was bob dylan... I have every album buffett ever made and a ton of bootlegs... The guys a genius ... If you dig deep he has a lot of great songs out there... If you didn't know jimmy except the typical songs u may like it and not even know it was him... Theres a lot of great artists out there that can't sing already mentioned dylan springsteen? and hes awesome his voice sucks... not everybody sings like james taylor and the eagles... buffett got huge his business skills insane not even going there ... he makes millions off of drunk party goers and yea i'm there... but the true fans see beyond that... long live jimmy!
Posted by bill fisher on Friday, 04.23.10 @ 00:24am
one more comment:
Posted by bill fisher on Friday, 04.23.10 @ 00:35am
I don't think I've ever heard any person in the past 3 generations or over the past 30 years say anything bad about Jimmy's music or the man behind it. Jimmy has influenced many new young artists and unknowns that continue to play similar to his style. People like Kieth Sykes, Steve Goodman (deceased now), Scott Kirby, Peter Mayer, Jeff Pike, James White, Sauce Boss, and even Little Feat and Jack Johnson. He's involved people like Timothy B. Schmidt, James Taylor, Sheryl Crowe, Kenny Chesney, Clint Black, Grover Washington Jr., Bonnie Raitt, Nicolette Larson, Dave Mathews, Jack Johnson, Alan Jackson, and the list goes on. Ask Bono about Jimmy. Bono was on Jimmy's plane when the Jamaican police thought his plane was a ganja plane and shot him down. He even wrote a song "Jamaica Mistaka" about it. This guy Jimmy Buffett can have a personal experience, write a simple song about it and it automatically becomes a platinum album. Now what mor could you want HOF. I think the HOF is a joke if Jimmy isn't allowed down the red carpet!!!!
Posted by Bobby Smith on Sunday, 05.9.10 @ 18:16pm
Another band to consider. I haven't heard anyone mention the Doobie Brothers. The Doobies music evolved from a hard driving 3 guitar attack into a smooth jazz fusion when Michael MacDonald entered the group and then evolved back into a hard driving rock band in the early 90's. I think their sound with the "Tom Johnston Shuffle" may have influenced other groups of this era. If you listen to U2's guitar shuffle you can definitely hear similarities. The Doobs have been around a long time and their sound is very unique and creative and I believe they deserve a nod.
Posted by Bobby Smith on Sunday, 05.9.10 @ 18:33pm
Posted by mrxyz on Friday, 09.24.10 @ 18:08pm
sorry, but I'm one of those who just never "got" Jimmy Buffet, his music, or those idiotic parrot hats . . . if they ever start a Cruise Ship Hall of Fame, he'd be at the top of my list . . . but the Rock and Roll Hall? . . . I don't think so . . .
Posted by Michael on Tuesday, 02.15.11 @ 03:07am
never got buffett? I never got abba or neil diamond,but they are in. If everybody had the same mind set then no one would be in the hall of fame.
Posted by rusty on Thursday, 03.10.11 @ 00:42am
is there. place in the hall for just fun good music ?
Posted by Happy on Friday, 05.25.12 @ 20:29pm
Jimmy Buffett is nominated for the 2013 Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Posted by Roy on Saturday, 10.13.12 @ 20:38pm
Donna summers please!!
Posted by sam on Sunday, 02.17.13 @ 10:29am
Posted by Roy on Friday, 05.3.13 @ 10:39am
How can such a creative and unique tallent be left
Posted by stan burnett on Monday, 09.23.13 @ 20:00pm
Gee Stan, I wish Devo was in the HOF...
Posted by Paul in KY on Tuesday, 09.24.13 @ 07:43am
"How can such a creative and unique tallent be left
Posted by GFW on Tuesday, 09.24.13 @ 16:24pm
GFW does make some great points on why Jimmy is not in the HOF. I do think there are other reasons why he isn't, mainly because he's not really the kind of 'rock and roll' that the Hall is looking for.
Posted by Jason Voigt on Tuesday, 09.24.13 @ 17:19pm
According to Buffett Chicago was the first place outside the South were he became popular and spent a lot of time there and hung out with Old Town Folk artist (John Prine and Steve Goodman). Steve Goodman and Jimmy Buffett were actually close friends. They co-wrote a few songs together. Both were huge Cubs fans. Goodman was supposed to sing the National Anthem at one of the Playoff games but lost his 16 year battle with leukemia only a couple of weeks before the Playoffs. Buffett filled in for Goodman and dedicated the song to Goodman's memory.
Posted by Zuzu on Monday, 01.26.15 @ 16:55pm
JB has entertained millions for decades. His music is more than just rock and roll but he rocks with the best! He's completely deserving and millions of Parrotheads can't be ignored.
Posted by Marti Long on Tuesday, 02.16.16 @ 23:44pm
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