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   “Fruitcakes”
    By: Jimmy Buffett
     
Release Date: May 24th, 1994
Certified: Platinum on December 19th, 1994
Peak Chart Position: Billboard 200 Chart: #5;

1 – Everybody’s Got A Cousin In Miami (Jimmy Buffett, Michael Tcshudin)
2 – Fruitcakes (Jimmy Buffett, Amy Lee)
3 – Lone Palm (Jimmy Buffett)
4 – Six String Music (Jimmy Buffett, G.E. Smith)
5 – Uncle John’s Band (Jerry Garcia, Robert Hunter)
6 – Love In The Library (Jimmy Buffett, Mac McAnally)
7 – Quietly Making Noise (Jimmy Buffett, Michael Tschudin)
8 – Frenchman For The Night (Jimmy Buffett, Roger Guth)
9 – Sunny Afternoon (Ray Davies)
10 – Vampires, Mummies And The Holy Ghost (Jimmy Buffett, Roger Guth, Peter Mayer, Jim Mayer)
11 – She’s Got You (Hank Cochran)
12 – Delaney Talks To Statues (Jimmy Buffett, Mac McAnally, Amy Lee)
13 – Apocalypso (Matt Betton)


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Credits:

Performer Credit
Jimmy Buffett Guitar, Vocals
Michael Utley Keyboards
Greg “Fingers” Taylor Harmonica
Mac McAnally Guitar, Vocals
Robert Greenidge Steel Drums, Percussion
Peter Mayer Guitar, Vocals
Jim Mayer Bass Guitar, Vocals
Roger Guth Drums
Mary Harris Vocals
Nicolette Larson Vocals
Amy Lee Saxophone
Johnny Padilla Saxophone
John Lovell Trumpet
Angel Quinones Congas, Percussion
Michael Tschudin Keyboards, Mallet Kat
Claudia Cummings Vocals
Nicky Yarling Volin, Vocals
G.E. Smith Guitar


Label: MCA/Margaritaville Records
Producer: Russell Kunkel

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Recorded by: Rob Eaton at Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas
Assistant Engineer: Oswald “Da Wizard” Bowe
Mixed by: Rob Eaton at New River Studios, Ft.Lauderdale, Fl
Mastered by: Ten Jensen at Sterling Sound, New York, NY
Arranged By: Jimmy Buffett and The Coral Reefer Band
Horn Arrangements by: Amy Lee
Vocal Arrangements by: Mary Harris and Peter Mayer
Additional Arrangements by: G.E. Smith and Jimmy Buffett on “She’s Got You”, C.J. Vanston/Russell Kunkel on “Sunny Afternoon”
Technicians: J.L. Jamison and Paul Linford
Production Coordination: Charlie Fernandez
Production Assistant: Laura Grover
Photography: Elizabeth Zeschin
Photography Assistant: Peter Crory
Art Direction: Virginia Team
Design: Jerry Joyner and Chris Ferrara
Production Coordination: Nina Avramides, Shellie Erwin and Libby Joiner


When I look back on the causes and effects that have brought me to this stage in my life, I do believe I have kept my guardian angels quite busy. I say angels, because I feel that with the lifestyle I have chosen, more help is required and they have been quite good at providing me with the right kind of help at the right time. Gamble Rogers was the right kind of help. I vividly remember the days I spent traversing the folk club circuit in the Southeast, roaring down two lane black top road with Gamble at the wheel of his black fastback Mustang listening to the glass packs ricocheting through the pines as he offered words of wisdom to an up and coming folk singer from the Gulf Coast.

I would open shows for Gamble in places like The Hub Pub Club in Buoy’s Creek, North Carolina or the Tradewinds in St. Augustine or the Gaslight in Athens watching him weave the magic with just a guitar and a story. Gamble Rogers taught me how to move an audience with dialogue and delivery as much as with the music. I never tired of listening to him expound about the Maitland Turkey Farm Massacre or deliver a history lesson on the Seminole Chief, Osceola, as he sang a Will McClain song. I was the apprentice and he was the master.

As we each continued down our respective paths, we saw less and less of each other, but stayed in touch as good friends do. When the Margaritaville Cafe opened its doors in Key West, it was Gamble whom I asked to initiate the stage and hopefully leave his mark there for others to follow. That week we shared many a good laugh recalling our days together and caught up on the years that were passing so quickly. He had settled into a quieter routine of teaching and doing festival around Florida. I was trying to hold down the fort of the troubadours that was being bombarded constantly by pop culture. I attribute a lot of my ability to remain true to my vision to Gamble Rogers and what he taught me. Many of his tricks of twenty years ago are the same ones I still use today.

So, it was with shock and sadness that I read the account of Gambles’ death in St. Augustine last year. He died trying to save a man from drowning. Just like Gamble, always thinking of the other guy. So with love and respect, I dedicate this collection of song to the memory of James Gamble Rogers, a troubadour and a friend who has gone over to the other side where the guardian angels dwell and has in all likelihood, become one.

Jimmy Buffett
March 19, 1994
Somewhere over the Gulf of Mexico 

Liner Notes courtesy BuffettRemasters.com