Music Monday: Alan Jackson & Jimmy Buffett – Margaritaville

Margaritaville performed by Alan Jackson Duet with Jimmy BuffettMargaritaville” is a 1977 song by American popular music singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett from the album Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes. This song was written about a drink Buffett discovered at Lung’s Cocina del Sur restaurant on Anderson Lane in Austin, Texas, and the first huge surge of tourists who descended on Key West, Florida around that time; he wrote most of the song that night in Austin and finished it while spending time in Key West. In the United States “Margaritaville” reached #8 on Billboard Hot 100 chart, and went to #1 the Easy Listening chart, also peaking at #13 on the Hot Country Songs chart. It remains Buffett’s highest charting solo single.

American country singer Alan Jackson covered the song on his 1999 Under the Influence album. The cover featured Buffett singing along on the last verse; it also peaked at #63 after receiving play as an album cut. Professional wrestlers Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock sang the song together on the November 12, 2001 episode of RAW. Jimmy Buffett also re-recorded this song as well as “Cheeseburger in Paradise” and “Volcano” specifically for Rock Band as downloadable content.

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