Keith Urban Delivers Touching Tribute To Jimmy Buffett

Keith Urban and Jimmy Buffett

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Keith Urban Shares Story & Song To Honor Jimmy Buffett During Concert After His Death

Keith Urban was one of many country stars who honored Jimmy Buffett following his death on September 1 at the age of 76. One of the most emotional tributes came from Kenny Chesney, who sang Buffett’s “A Pirate Looks at Forty” on the beach in Key West.

So goodbye Jimmy. Thanks for your friendship and the songs I will carry in my heart forever. Sail On Sailor,” Chesney said.


Urban had a concert in Atlantic City the weekend of Buffett’s death. Mid-show, he paused to tell a story about a special memory he shared with Buffett.

I want to take a second to acknowledge the passing of an incredible musician, Jimmy Buffett. I was shocked today to hear about that,” Urban said.

Jimmy Invited Keith To Dinner One Night, And That Dinner Turned Into An Impromptu Performance

Urban recalled how Buffett invited him to dinner one night years ago. They were joined by Urban’s wife, Nicole Kidman, and Buffett’s wife, Jane.

[I] was immediately thinking about a time that we got to go down to St. Barts and we got an invite from Jimmy to go and have dinner with him and his wife,” Urban said. “When we were down there…Jimmy said to me ‘Man, you should grab your guitar. There’s a bar in town and I’m sure if we take our guitars they’ll let us sit in.’ So, here’s me and Jimmy carrying our guitars down the street in St. Barts and we go to this cool bar and we sang a couple of songs.

Urban shared some pictures as he told his story, including one photo of Kidman smiling while chatting with Buffett.

Photo Keith Urban shared of his wife Nicole Kidman with Jimmy Buffett
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Keith Urban Sings “Come Monday” And “Margaritaville” In Tribute To Jimmy Buffett

From there, Urban prepared to sing in Buffett’s honor. The first song he performed is one of the first things he ever taught himself to play on guitar…Buffett’s 1974 single “Come Monday.”

After singing a bit of “Come Monday,” Urban launched into a cover of Buffett’s signature tune, “Margaritaville.” It was such a touching tribute to someone who clearly inspired him.

Urban shared a video of his tribute to Buffett on social media, and captioned it, “For Jimmy, last night in Atlantic City.” Watch the entire video below.

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.