From AL.com: “Why was Jimmy Buffett in Mobile today?” Jimmy Buffett and reporter Jared Boyd talk about an upcoming documentary project chronicling the singer’s start on the Gulf Coast during a chance encounter at Dew Drop Inn on Thursday, January 12, 2017.
On the 1982 song, “I Heard I Was in Town,” Jimmy Buffett sings about walking the streets of his former stomping grounds. On a recent trip to Mobile, the renowned singer-songwriter was caught bringing the words of his song to life, stopping into the Dew Drop Inn in Mobile on Thursday afternoon for an impromptu chat with fans.
The late lunch encounter began with a table of women pointing out of the window.
“Jimmy,” I heard one of the women saying. “That is him,” she continued. “Jimmy Buffett.”
Sure enough, I caught a glimpse of the tropical-shirted figure stepping into a white late-model Nissan van in an adjacent lot on Old Shell Road.
Quickly, the woman sprang up from the table and sprinted out of the restaurant’s back door. Through the window, I could see her waving to flag Buffett down.
So, why was Jimmy Buffett walking “old streets again,” as he sings in his aforementioned song?
According to the man, himself, he’s saluting his Mobile roots in a documentary film about his early career. While in town, Buffett says he is gathering shots and meeting with local musicians who were integral to the making of his first records.
“I’m hoping to get out to McGill-Toolen in a minute,” the “Margaritaville” singer said of his alma-mater. “I’ve got some fond memories and some not-so-fond memories there.”
Of those not-so-fond memories, he joked that he was no stranger to trouble with the nuns and fathers on campus. “They would chase you around with rulers and pop you. That’s why our track team was always so good!”
Sarah Delaney Buffett, a filmmaker and Jimmy Buffett’s daughter, is among the list of names Buffett says is involved with the project.
“So, now you’ve got the scoop,” he said, after a short spiel.