As of July 22, 2004, Jimmy Buffett, shown in this 1994 photo, has his first No. 1 album. "License to Chill" is hitting the top of the Billboard Top 200 Album chart. Buffett, whose singing and songwriting career has spanned 30 years, is best known for his 1977 hit, "Margaritaville."
Here's Jimmy Buffett performing in 1995.
Buffett gestures as he sings "Stars Fell on Alabama" during inauguration ceremonies at the Capitol in Montgomery, Ala., Jan. 18, 1999. At left is former Georgia Gov. Zell Miller, who swore in Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman. At right is former Alabama Gov. John Patterson.
Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman embraces Buffett after his performance Jan. 18, 1999.
Rock legends, from left, Paul Simon, Jimmy Buffett, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash sing Nash's song "Teach Your Children" during the final number at the Democratic National Committee gala fundraiser Sept. 14, 2000, at Radio City Music Hall. The event, which raised more than $6 million dollars, was attended by then-Vice President Al Gore and his running mate, Sen. Joseph Lieberman.
Buffett, left, invites Cajun blues guitarist Sonny Landreth to sit in during his performance at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, May 4, 2002, in New Orleans.
President Clinton jokes with Buffett as he makes a stop at the Tennessee Inauguration Ball early on the morning of Jan. 21, 1993, at the Washington Hilton.
Buffett scans the room for questions during a news conference to announce plans for the world premiere of his musical, "Don't Stop The Carnival," at the Coconut Grove Playhouse in Miami Sept. 17, 1996.
Buffett plays the guitar Nov. 15, 2000, at a class clinic for students at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. In an informal class setting, Buffett talked about his approach to songwriting, performing and shared stories from his long career.
Buffett makes a surprise appearance at the annual Parrot Heads in Paradise convention in Key West, Fla., Nov. 1, 2002. (His fans call themselves Parrot Heads.)
Buffett, left, and Alan Jackson perform their duet, "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere," during the 37th annual Country Music Association Awards show in Nashville Nov. 5, 2003. Buffett and Jackson won the award for Vocal Event of the Year for the song.
Jimmy Buffett and his wife, Jane, arrive for the Vanity Fair Oscar Party, Feb. 29, 2004, in Los Angeles.
A closer look at Buffett in black tie.
Buffett laughs as fans cheer as he stands at the end of the tunnel overlooking the final minutes of overtime play between the New York Knicks and the Miami Heat Feb. 4, 2001, at the American Airlines Arena in Miami. Referee Joe Forte ejected Buffett from his seat along the baseline for using profanity.
Buffett is shown performing before a crowd of 15,000 fans March 4, 1999, in Orlando, Fla., with the Coral Reefer Band from the second-floor balcony of Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville during the grand opening celebration of the restaurant at Universal Studios CityWalk.
Key West's favorite adopted son, Jimmy Buffett makes a surprise appearance at the 1998 ParrotHead "Phlocking," Nov. 7, 1998.
Entertainer Jimmy Buffett, a native of Mobile, Ala., plays to a hometown sellout crowd Wednesday, Dec. 2, 1998, during a concert to benefit victims affected by hurricanes Mitch and Georges.
Jimmy Buffett smiles at fans during his concert on Jan. 22, 2004, for the grand opening of his Margaritaville Restaurant in Las Vegas.
Jimmy Buffett and The Coral Reefer Band perform at the Pepsi Center in Denver, May 18, 2004, as part of the band's "2004 License to Chill Tour."