Singer; songwriter; businessman; author.  Born– Pascagoula, MS, December 25, 1946.  Grew up in Mobile.  Parents– James Delaney and Lorraine Peets Buffett.  Married–Margie Washichek, 1969; Jane Slagsvol, August 27, 1977.  Children-two. Education–McGill Institute, Mobile; Auburn University; University of Southern Mississippi, B.S., 1969.  Writer for Billboard, Nashville, 1971-73.  Moved to Key West in 1973; worked as First Mate on a yacht while he began his career as a singer performing locally; became successful as a recording artist and touring performer. Has released over 30 albums,many platinum or gold. Author of several books; one of only a few authors to place both fiction and nonfiction books on the New York Times best seller list. Founded two restaurant chains, Margaritaville Café and Cheeseburger from Paradise.  Member Greenpeace Foundation, Cousteau Society, Save the Manatee Commission. Awarded the honorary Doctorate of Music  by the University of Miami in 2015.


Contemporary authors online; wikipedia


Daybreak on the Equator.  Random House, 1997.

Parrot Head Handbook.  Universal City CA:  MCI, 1992.

A Pirate Looks at Fifty.  New York:  Random House, 1988.

A Salty Piece of Land.  NY: Little, Brown, 2004.

Swine Not? NY:Little, Brown, 2008.

Tales from Magaritaville.  San Diego:  Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1989.

Where is Joe Merchant? New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1992.


Jolly Mon.  San Diego:  Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1988.

Trouble Dolls. San Diego:  Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1991.