Algarve, Portugal Gets Shout Out on Jimmy Buffett’s Final Album
Jimmy Buffett passed away on September 1, 2023 in Sag Harbor, New York. Buffett's death shocked his fan base, as many Parrotheads were unaware of the seriousness of his illness.
Born December 25, 1946, in Pascagoula, Mississippi, Buffett, a legendary singer-songwriter, created an entire lifestyle often referred to as "island escapism" and invited his fans to follow along – and they did.
Buffett died from complications from Merkel-cell carcinoma, a rare and aggressive skin cancer, with which he had been diagnosed four years earlier.
Before his death, Buffett recorded a new album to be released after he passed. That album, Equal Strains on All Parts, was released in the fall of 2023. It will be a classic.
Among the many typical Jimmy Buffett tunes on the new album, songs such as "Bubbles Up", a message to the faithful to keep the chins – not just the fins – up and the party going, "Like My Dog" and "My Gummie Just Kicked In" are classic Jimmy Buffett.
Also on the album is "Portugal or PEI," a song in which Buffett laments about where he might go "when the volcano blows." One possibility, according to Buffett, is a "beach bar near Sagres."
Sagres is a civil parish in the municipality of Vila do Bispo in the southern Algarve of Portugal.
PEI refers to Prince Edward Island in the Canadian Maritimes.
In the song "Volcano," released as part of the 1979 album of the same name, Buffett made clear where he didn't want to go when the volcano blows: "I don't want to land in no Buzzards Bay," Buffett sang.
Buffett, a "Son of a Son of a Sailor," spent a great deal of time sailing the waters of Southern New England but denied in an interview with me several years ago that he ever owned property in Onset. Try convincing the locals.
Buffett's final public performance was at Sunset Cove in Portsmouth, Rhode Island on July 2, 2023.
Buffett spent considerable time on Nantucket over the years. In August 1994, Buffett crash landed his Grumman G-44 Widgeon seaplane into Market Harbor on Nantucket. The Nantucket Currant recalled that while banged up, Buffett was not seriously injured.
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