Alan Jackson Responds To News Of Jimmy Buffett’s Death

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Jimmy Buffett Dies At Age 76, His “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” Duet Partner Alan Jackson Responds

Alan Jackson is mourning the death of his “Five O’Clock Somewhere” duet partner, Jimmy Buffett.

Buffett passed away on Friday night (September 1). His team shared a statement on his social media pages announcing the news.

Jimmy passed away peacefully on the night of September 1st surrounded by his family, friends, music and dogs. He lived his life like a song till the very last breath and will be missed beyond measure by so many.”


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“It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” Was A Smash Hit For Alan & Jimmy

Buffett was known for loving the water, sun, sand, and a carefree life. He captured these feelings in many of his songs, including “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” “Bama Breeze,” and of course, “Margaritaville.”

The singer built his empire off of the latter song, which inspired the creation of resorts, a Broadway musical, beachwear, restaurants, and much more.

“Margaritaville” was Jimmy’s highest-charting solo single. But he experienced even greater chart success when he collaborated with Alan Jackson on his 2003 single “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere.”

The title references a popular expression people say to rationalize enjoying an alcoholic drink, no matter what time of day it may be. After all, it’s five o’clock somewhere!

Jackson sings most of the song solo, asking the bartender to serve him “something tall and strong,” mentioning a rum-based drink called a Hurricane by name. As the song nears its end, Jackson sings:

At a moment like this, I can’t help but wonder. what would Jimmy Buffett do?”

That’s when Buffett jumps in, saying, “Funny you should ask Alan,” before bringing the song to a perfect end.

“It’s Five O’Clock Somwhere” reached #1 on the Hot Country Songs chart and peaked at the 65th spot on the all-genre Hot 100. It was certified triple Platnium by the RIAA.

The song also won a CMA Award and two ACM Awards.

Alan Jackson Addresses Jimmy Buffett’s Death

After Jackson learned that Buffett passed away, he was understandably devastated. He released a statement about his death on social media.

Jackson quoted lyrics from “Boats to Build,” which was another one of his and Buffett’s collaborations:

Shores distant shores,
There’s where I’m headed for,
I got the stars to guide my way,
Sail into the light of day…

The singer ended his message by writing, “RIP my friend, @jimmybuffett.”


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It’s obvious how much Jackson will miss his former duet partner and longtime friend.

Our hearts break for all who knew and loved Jimmy Buffett. He’ll always be remembered through his music…

Jimmy Buffett was devoted to philanthropy. He founded two charitable organizations, Singing for Change and Save the Manatee Club. He also had a company called Last Mango Boatworks that sells apparel and accessories. Items sold from Last Mango benefit Singing for Change and Freedom Fighter Outdoors. Learn more about Jimmy’s philanthropic efforts or donate to one of the above-mentioned organizations here.