Jimmy Buffett

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1995 (The 1996 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? No  what's this?

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Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes (1977)

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Margaritaville (1977)
Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes (1977)
Cheeseburger in Paradise (1978)

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Will Jimmy Buffett be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


34 comments so far (post your own)

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.
there isnt any question here, JB WILL eventually be in, even if its posthumously.

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

There are arguements which one can fight and then there are those like these where all you can do is smile and nod your head.

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

There are arguements which one can fight and then there are those like these where all you can do is smile and nod your head.

Posted by Dameon on Thursday, 06.12.08 @ 13:41pm


Posted by mrxyz on Thursday, 10.16.08 @ 21:26pm

The argument against 1) Jb´s music is to lightweigt/soft. 2)it´s too much of show factor.
The arguents for JB´s into HF is;
1)about 40 cd´s that sold tremendously well,
2)concerts have very high attendance, What JB should do, is listen too the 97´version of John Lennons "I´m loosing you". If he can do a cd with hard rock versions ("I love the now"), with well known studio rock musicians, he would be in within 5 yrs. Add to that a couple of cooperative tv-performan with U2, Ringo Starr, Dire Straits vocalist?? Good luck jimmy, keep on grooving at the JB barrier reef of music!

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.

1) Originality-1: His use of the big Trinidad Drums. This creates a distinct sound, a pop-rock sound.
2)Originality-2: His mixing/melting of folk, pop, rock, country, reggae.
3)His pearl chain of pop-ballads; Remittance Man, Defying Gravity, The night I painted the sky,Frenchman for the night, Twelve Volt man, Survive, and 20+ others. These melodies are parallelled only by a dusin rock stars, E. John being the most obvious.
4) His descriptive, report style poetry and story-telling through song text. One example is "Everybody´s got a cousin in Florida", where we get a historical mini-lesson on the Seminole Indians, a noteworthy piece of history in the usa.
5)The total spectrum of genres covered in studio album (there is an distinction of studio work an life performance in regard to spectrum/width of genres). This spectrum goes from 1930/40s music, throug the beautifully studio version of "Elvis Iitators", lots og 60a sounds ("Livingston Saturday night"), 70´s-through 2009. One reggea song; "Reggeabilly Hill (2007).
6) Depth of texts: On the album "Beach House on theMoon" and "Barometer Soup", two to four texts deal with religion/history/cosmogony, that is the philosophical question of "Why are we humans here on this earth". Not many pop rock artists get this far in their verbal/song development. Paul Mc Cartney´s "Silly Love Songs" is descriptive.
7) Having listened to John Lennon, one could argue that Jimmy Buffet´s music has som parallells to lennon. A) the crazy young years, B)the melodies ( harmonic, appeal to 90 of "common people), C)The engagement in societal issues (The "Save the Manatee" project of JB). D) The I´m not so serious, and pop/rock is not so serious attitude".
8) The Longtitude of music production, and the sheer volume of produced and performed songs.

Well, this is what I figured was relevant so far.
, E) The working class attitude.

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):
"Never got any big awards, but I dont' care when I've got Parrotheads."

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.

I've heard the president of the Rnr' Hof interviewed. Once an artist has the 25 year career "influence" is probably the most important factor in deciding who gets in. Perhaps JBs influence or lack there of is worthy of discussion.

He should've been in long ago.

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:

if your a country fan the recent best new artist zac brown band as seen on cmt crossroads zac and jimmy both playing together buffett his biggest influence

another guy unless ur hard core buffett u would never hear of him

ilo ferreira // buffett pulled him out of a bar in cape verde brought him on tour last year he sang a couple of his songs on jimmys tour ilo played late night with fallon has his website up now

you tube "let me love you" and "home again"

jimmy should be in the hall.

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

Wow Yes

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 ?
let us hope so!

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!!
He should have been inducted years ago

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
out yet no tallent trash like Devo be in the hof?
how many songs did they wright?
How many stadiums are they selling out?
How many artist have a 50 year career and are h
hotter now than they were 20years ago?

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
out yet no tallent trash like Devo be in the hof?"

Devo are far more creative then Jimmy Buffett.

"how many songs did they wright?"

Quite a few, actually.

"How many stadiums are they selling out?"

Backstreet Boys have sold more records than Jimmy, should they go in?

"How many artist have a 50 year career "

They're only in their early 60's :l

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.

I know, what I'm saying does not make sense. The HOF has several acts and singers that generally wouldn't be considered 'rock and roll' and everyone's definition differs from one another. No, what Jimmy did was take a genre and built it from his own, capitalized on it, made himself a cult fanbase, and became a brand. And Jimmy Buffett and his 'Parrotheads' are loving it. As far as influence, I'm not sure. So far, the only person I can think of who is trying to carry his torch is Kenny Chesney. But Buffett's music has touched some generations, and may continue to do so. Even for someone who can pull off several genres (especially country!).

I do like some of his songs but I am not a 'Parrothead' nor have I ever seen him in concert (yet). Maybe my opinion will change, who knows.

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.

Jimmy Buffett claimed that David Allen Coe's Divers Do it Deeper plagerized Changes in Lattitudes Changes in Attitudes. Buffett said "I would have sued him, but I didn't want to give Coe the pleasure of having his name in the paper." David Allen Coe's response was a song titled Jimmy Buffett where he kept saying throughout the song that Jimmy Buffett doesn't live in Key West anymore and towards the end says that they should get drunk and scr**.

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

I don't know if its just me, but it seems Jimmy Buffett's name has been popping up more than ever, thanks to the Margaritaville brand. I know, its nothing new. But now its, like, everywhere. I can't dog the guy, since he's quite worked up this brand for himself and made a name. He's come quite a long way from the 70's, and he's still performing to sell-out crowds. I've never seen him perform live, as tickets would be as low as $50! But I have eaten at his restaurant twice. At least I can say I've had the Cheeseburger in Paradise and at least two of his specialty margaritas.

But anyway, like I said: he's built himself quite an empire. Now baseball stadiums are having Margaritaville-themed nights and resorts with that name are popping up. Its easy to call this guy a sell-out businessman than a musician. But again, he still sticks to the music. Still putting out albums, and touring like crazy to his parrotheads.

I may add him to my 2018 Predictions list next month, just because. Not sure if he would belong in the RRHOF or the Country Music Hall of Fame, or even both. He could probably pull off an Elvis/Cash feat. This one may be a surprise coming in the next few years. We shall see

Posted by Jason Voigt on Saturday, 07.15.17 @ 08:16am

Jimmy Buffett has a new musical, Escape to Margaritaville.

This summer at his concert in Chicago, Huey Lewis opened for him.

I have noticed that Judy Collins, Melanie and Steve Goodman have also been getting more attention. My local PBS station is going to have a program on about how the electric guitar is falling out of favor. Maybe it has something to do with the direction music is going.

Posted by Zuzu on Monday, 10.30.17 @ 00:30am

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