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Ed Bradley

Jimmy Buffett said on an interview on 60 Minutes: “And, in the end, I probably made the mistake of allowing him on the stage one time to actually play with a band. And it was hard to get him off after that. But I got so much joy out of watching him attempt to be a shameless performer.”

“Tell me about ‘Teddy,'” Kroft asks. “That happened when he got on stage the first time. Because it was somewhere in New Orleans and people in the crowd … they were saying, ‘That looks like Ed Bradley up there from 60 Minutes.’ And I go, ‘No, no, that’s Teddy Badly,'” Buffett remembers. “And so, it just was one of those things on the moment happened. And it kind of stuck.”

Buffett thinks Ed knew how sick he was. “I’m just glad I got here, my wife called me and said – I was in Hawaii – and said, ‘You need to get back here and see Ed.’ And I’m glad I made it,” he says.

A transcript from the CBS 60 Minutes special on Ed Bradley is available: “The Personal Side Of Ed Bradley – Friends Share Personal Memories Of Ed Bradley

Watch a video of Jimmy talking about Ed Bradley: “Bradley’s Alter Ego, ‘Teddy’

Some of the most memorable moments of Ed Bradley that have a connection with Jimmy Buffett:

May 6th, 2006 – Ed Bradley sings “Sixty Minute Man” with Jimmy at the Margaritaville Cafe in New Orleans during the Little Feat show

September 20th, 2005 – Ed Bradley introduces Jimmy Buffett at the landmark Katrina benefit concert, “From the Big Apple to the Big Easy” at Madison Square Garden

July 31st, 2004- Ed Bradley married artist Patricia Blanchet in a small, private ceremony at Bradley’s Woody Creek home near Aspen and Jimmy Buffett provided the wedding music.

September 30th, 2003 – Ed Bradley eulogizes Jimmy’s mother Mary Loraine Peets Buffett. Bradley added that Peets reminded him of a line from one of Jimmy Buffett’s songs: “And there’s that one particular harbor, sheltered from the wind, where the children play on the shore each day, and all are safe within.”

November 16th, 2001 – Ed Bradley joins Jimmy on stage at the show at Madison Square Garden and sings “Sixty Minute Man

February 19, 1998 – Ed Bradley joined in with the Coral Reefer Band and played tambourine and backup vocals at the show at the Madison Square Garden

April 30th, 1989 – Ed Bradley jumped up on the stage with Jimmy and danced with the backup singers

December 18th , 1988 – “Tell It Like It Is” with the Neville Brothers was filmed at the famed Storyville Jazz Hall in New Orleans’ French Quarter with a special guest appearance by Ed Bradley performing “Sixty Minute Man”. Jimmy appeared performing “Middle of the Night” with the Neville Brothers.

June 28th, 1987 – Ed Bradley made an appearance in the rhythm section during the Jones Beach concert. The Coconut Telegraph from August 1987 says, “Ed is no stranger to stage performances having appeared with JB on stage several times in the past and has every intention of continuing to do so.”

June 20th, 1986 – According to the “Dirt from the Road” written by Fingers Taylor in November 1986 Cocotel, “CBS newsman, Ed Bradley made his annual appearance on stage in New York (Jones Beach) to play the tambourine.”

January 24th, 1986 – Ed Bradley, with his tusty tambourine, joined Jimmy and the Coral Reefers at the Rivergate Convention in New Orleans for a Super Bowl weekend show.

Album Credits (Jimmy Buffett albums)
Year Album Title Credit Notes

Tours (with the Coral Reefer Band)
Year Tour Name Credit Notes
Special Appearances
Date Show Info Credit Notes
06/30/89 The Palace of Auburn Hills – Auburn Hills MI Backgroud Vocals Guest
02/19/98 Madison Square Garden – New York NY Tambourine, Background Vocals
09/04/99 Tweeter Center Boston – Mansfield MA Vocals, Tambourine
11/16/01 Madison Square Garden – New York NY Vocals, Tambourine
09/20/05 Madison Square Garden – New York NY Introduced Jimmy

Solo and Other Albums

Year Album Title