Herman Wouk

Legendary author Herman Wouk dies at 103

From the Hollywood Reporter: “Herman Wouk, Author of ‘The Caine Mutiny’ and ‘The Winds of War,’ Dies at 103

Herman Wouk, the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Caine Mutiny that became a Broadway hit and then a Columbia Pictures classic that starred Humphrey Bogart in a career-defining performance, has died. He was 103.

Wouk died Friday in his sleep at his home in Palm Springs, his literary agent Amy Rennert told the Associated Press.

Wouk wrote the Caribbean-set 1965 comedy “Don’t Stop the Carnival”, which Jimmy Buffett used as the basis for a 1998 album and short-lived musical.

The musical “Don’t Stop the Carnival” had a six week run at the Coconut Grove playhouse in Miami in April 1997. The musical then had a run at the Atlantis Hotel in the Bahamas in 2001.

Buffett caddies at U.S. Senior Women’s Open

From the Golf Channel: “Jimmy Buffett caddies at U.S. Senior Women’s Open

Jimmy Buffett has worn many hats in his career – musician, best-selling author, businessman, and now … caddie.

Buffett was at Chicago Golf Club Monday to caddie for Patricia Ehrhart during a practice round at the U.S. Senior Women’s Open.

Ehrhart was a semifinalist at the 2017 U.S. Women’s Senior Amateur, and she also works as the travel and event manager for the Margaritaville Surf Team. Buffett, of course, serves as the captain, and Ehrhart’s three daughters are competitive surfers.

But there’s more than just the matter of convenience: Ehrhart is Buffett’s niece.

Buffett spends New Year’s Eve with Paul McCartney

From the New York Post: “How the biggest celebrities spent New Year’s Eve

The most over-the-top New Year’s Eve bash on the jet-set circuit was once again Roman Abramovich’s soiree in St. Barts, where guests welcomed 2017 as Sir Paul McCartney sang “Auld Lang Syne” with Jimmy Buffett.

The Beatle had climbed onstage as a surprise performer earlier in the evening during a set by the Killers held in a villa in the Gustavia section of the island.

McCartney captured the audience’s stunned response, saying from the stage, “What is going on?” before he and the band’s lead singer, Brandon Flowers, performed The Beatles’ 1968 hit, “Helter Skelter.” The rock ’n’ roll icon was also spotted dancing up a storm with his wife, Nancy Shevell, on the villa’s terrace overlooking the Caribbean Sea.

The Russian billionaire’s other guests included model Karlie Kloss, Stella McCartney, actress Carey Lowell, Calvin Klein, Jann Wenner, photographer Johnny Pigozzi, and John McEnroe and his wife, Patty Smyth.

Sail on “Uncle Tom” Moffatt

Legendary Hawaii concert promoter and radio DJ Tom “Uncle Tom” Moffatt passed away in the comfort of his home on Monday. He was 85 years young.

Jimmy Buffett posted on Facebook while visiting Cuba this week: Tom Moffatt was the voice of Hawaii to locals and visitors alike. As a promoter, he brought every kind of music imaginable to the islands. I happened to be one of those lucky coconuts that dropped from his tree.

The first time I ever played for him was in October 1979, opening for the Eagles at Aloha stadium. When I met Tom the first time at that gig, I remember thinking, “This guy has the best job in the world. He lives in paradise, plays music on the radio and promotes shows under the stars.” It wasn’t long before we were doing more than business together. We became friends. (continue reading)

From Venues Today: Moffatt was a true gentleman and everyone liked him, to the extent that big name acts like Elton John and Jimmy Buffett wouldn’t play Hawaii with anyone but Moffatt. Bradley recalled when Moffatt took Buffett to Tahiti many, many years ago and when they landed, they asked the venue manager how many tickets had been sold. He said, “None, but we’ve had some phone calls.”

Moffatt and Buffett immediately hit the street handing out flyers and saved the day. That was before Tahiti became a good routing option, especially for reggae.

Photo: Buffett and Tom Moffatt on the set of Hawaii Five-0 back in 2013 (read more).

Sail on Merle Haggard

Country music legend Merle Haggard passed away yesterday on his 79th birthday.

Jimmy Buffett did a cover of Merle Haggard’s Silver Wings on the album “Take The Weather With You” back in 2006.

Buffett had this to say about Haggard and the song Silver Wings: “It’s interesting and I’m glad that people have picked me up on country radio after two or three failed careers in country. I have always loved those traditional songs and Merle Haggard is still out there doing it. Those you know, what do you say about Merle Haggard, I mean, a living legend.”

“That as I said before, one day I will do Early Morning Rain, but Silver Wings and Gordon Lightfoot’s Early Morning Rain are my favorite two airplane country songs. So as a pilot I thought, as spending a lot of time in a plane and flying a plane around, we pilots like certain kinds of songs, and this is one of them. So this is for anybody who flies out there, or wants to fly, or is afraid of flying. Put it on, and, and sit back and you might not be as afraid of flying when you finish.”