Timeline 1990s

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The Timeline highlights any important events and accomplishments that have happened during Jimmy Buffett’s lifetime. Please send any additions or corrections to info@buffettnews.com

The 1990’s

  • 1990: A second live album Feeding Frenzy is released, recorded in Atlanta and Cincinatti.
  • 1990: Jimmy does the song Don’t Bug Me for the Arachnophobia soundtrack
  • 1990: Jimmy does backing vocals on Zachary Richard’s Women in the Room
  • 1991: Jimmy and Jane reconcile and move back to Nashville
  • 1991: A second childrens book by Jimmy Buffett and his daughter Savannah Jane called Trouble Dolls is published.
  • April 1, 1992: Jimmy and Jane Buffett’s second daughter Sarah Delaney is born
  • 1992: Jimmy’s second novel Where Is Joe Merchant? is released and makes it to #1 on the NY Times fiction bestseller’s list
  • 1992: Boats Beaches Bars & Balladsis released and becomes one of the best selling box sets ever for MCA.
  • 1992: Jimmy starts his own record label in Nashville with the help of his ex-wife’s husband Bob Mercer
  • 1992: Jimmy does some vocals and produces Evangeline’s self titled album under the Margaritaville Records label
  • 1992: Jimmy Buffett, Gloria Estefan, “Wierd Al” Yankovic, Paul Simon, Crosby Stills and Nash, the Bee Gees and Ziggy Marley took part in a benefit concert in Miami to raise money for the victims of Hurricanes Andrew and Iniki.
  • 1992: A Margaritaville Cafe and store opens in New Orleans on Decatur St.
  • Jan 20, 1993: Jimmy entertains at President Clinton’s inauguration ball. Bill joins in and plays saxaphone.
  • 1993: Jimmy and Jane move to Palm Beach, Florida.
  • 1993: Before The Beach is released containing songs from Down to Earth and High Cumberland Jubilee
  • 1993: Jimmy is the executive producer and does three songs for Margaritaville Cafe Late Night Menuincluding a cover of Another Saturday Night
  • 1993: Jimmy does the song Stars Fell on Alabama for More Songs For Sleepless Nights
  • 1993: Jimmy’s song Stars on the Waterappears on the soundtrack for the movie The Firm
  • 1993: Jimmy is the executive producer on The Iguana’s self titled album
  • 1993: Jimmy begins working with Herman Wouk on a musical adaption of the novel Don’t Stop the Carnival.
  • 1994: Jimmy does the song Mr Spaceman for the Muppett’s collection of songs Kermit Unpigged.
  • 1994: Jimmy does “Mac the Knife“with Frank Sinatra (mixed in) which appears on the album Duets II
  • 1994: Jimmy has a cameo appearence in the movie Cobb.
  • 1994: Jimmy and Jane Buffett adopt Cameron Marley
  • 1994: Jimmy’s father James Delaney Buffett is diagonised with Alzheimer’s disease
  • 1994: Fruitcakes is released
  • Aug 25,1994: Jimmy capsizes in his seaplane Our Lady of the Waters, a restored Grumman Widgeon in 4 ft of water after take off from Madaket Harbor at Nantucket
  • 1995: Barometer Soup is released
  • 1995: Jimmy has a cameo appearence as a pilot in the movie Congo.
  • 1995: Margaritaville Cafe New Orleans is release with two songs by Jimmy, Goodnight Irene and the cover songSea Cruise
  • 1995: The Parakeet Album is released containing Buffett songs sung bykids form the W.O. Smith Music School
  • Nov 16, 1995: Jimmy buys a new plane: 1954 Grumman Albatross Seaplane HU-16 N928J, The Hemispher Dancer, 60ft long with an 80ft wingspan.
  • January 16, 1996: Jimmy’s sea plane “the Flying Boat” is shot at by the Jamaica police who mistaked him for a drug smuggler. U2’s Bono was in the plane with him at the time. Jimmy wrote a song about the incident, Jamaica Mistaica.that appears on the album Banana Wind that is released.
  • 1996: Jimmy is the executive producer for the soundtrack to the movie Phenomenon
  • 1996: Jimmy has a part as a cop in the audio play Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas
  • 1996: A Christmas Album titled Christmas Island is released.
  • April 1997: The musical Don’t Stop the Carnival opens and has a sucessful six week run at the Coconut Grove playhouse in Miami
  • 1997: Jimmy’s mother suddenly has a stroke.
  • Aug 19, 1997: Jimmy sings at President Clinton’s 51st birthday party.
  • 1997: Jimmy does the Purple People Eater song with Iko-Iko for the movie Contact
  • 1997: Jimmy does the song Trouble on the Horizon for MOM II
  • Sept 1997: Jimmy performs at the Montserrat benefit concert at Royal Albert Hall in England. He did a special version of Volcano and joined in with artists including Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Phil Collins, and Sting on the encore Hey Jude.
  • Oct 1997: Universal Pictures purchases the film rights for “Where is Joe Merchant?”
  • Jan 13, 1998: Re-release of Rancho Deluxe CD by MGM/Rycodisc
  • Feb 1998: Caribbean Amphibian is released on the Elmopalooza CD/video that Jimmy did with Kermit.
  • 1998: C. F. Martin & Co. honors Jimmy Buffett with a signature edition guitar. Only 424 were made originally going for $3650.00
  • 1998: Jimmy goes to Cuba to cover the Papal visit for Rolling Stone Magazine
  • 1998: Jimmy Buffett has the role of a journalist in the HBO Mini-series From the Earth to the Moon
  • April 28, 1998: The soundtrack for Don’t Stop the Carnival is released. It was certified gold by on Sept 2 1998.
  • 1998: Jimmy co-writes the song South American on Brian Wilson’s Imagination solo release.
  • June 9, 1998: Jimmy’s book A Pirate Looks at Fifty is released. He becomes the sixth writer to reach the number one spot on both the NY Times fiction and non-fiction best seller’s list
  • June 21, 1998: Jimmy sings “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during the seventh inning stretch at Wrigley Field to honor the late Harry Carrey
  • June 30, 1998: Re-release of Down to Earth and High Cumberland Jubilee
  • July 1998: A Margaritaville retail store opens in Charleston, SC
  • Sept 1998: Jimmy sells his home in Key West Florida
  • Oct 1998: Jimmy covers John Glenn’s return to space
  • Feb 2, 1999: American Storyteller is released
  • Feb 4, 1999: A new Margaritaville restaurant opens in Orlando
  • March 4, 1999: Radio Margaritaville debuts with a live show from the new Margaritaville in Orlando
  • March 18, 1999: Jimmy buys a new plane: 1998 Cessna 208 – N208JB
  • March 29, 1999: Jimmy performs at Music Bridges with various artists in Cuba
  • May 18, 1999: Beach House on the Moon is released
  • May 28, 1999: Jimmy appears on the Today Show
  • Aug 10, 1999: Calaloo CD is released exclusively at Best Buy stores
  • Aug 17, 1999: Jimmy performs at the House of Blues in Chicago
  • Nov 6, 1999: Jimmy performs at the Le Select 50th Anniversary in St Barts
  • Nov 9, 1999: Buffett Live: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays is released
  • Nov 20, 1999: Jimmy performs an acoustic show in Sag Harbor to benefit the Montessori school
  • Dec 31st, 1999: Jimmy Buffett’s Millennium show is held at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles