152. Jimmy Buffett

While compiling this list, non committee members asked us about out ranking and pointed out albums sales as to why our rankings made no sense to them. As often as those debates began (and will perpetually continue) we expect a series of debates based on concert attendance. If that was our factor, how many people would be higher than Jimmy Buffett?   Still a major draw on the concert circuit (and no not casinos) Jimmy Buffett’s legions of “Parrotheads” are a devoted bunch. Non fans question the devotion to a man whose mellow Rock does not seem to illicit any passion. However, to those who do consider themselves fans of Buffett, his material is the music of escapism to a laid back lifestyle of the beach bum that they wanted to be. Based on his large concert attendances, there is a large amount of people who looked to get wasted again in Margaritaville.         The Bullet Points:   Eligible Since: 1995   Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Mobile, AL)   Nominated In: Never   Why He Will Get In: He is a lot better than he gets credit for, and he has a large fan base that would support it.   Why He Won’t Get In: His commercialism may over take his Rock and Roll credibility.   Essential Albums: A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean (1973) Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes (1977) Son of a Son of a Sailor (1978) Volcano (1979)   Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: Why Don’t We Get Drunk and Screw (From A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean, 1973) A Pirate Looks at Forty (From A1A, 1974) Margaritaville (From Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes, 1977) Cheeseburger in Paradise (From Son of a Son of a Sailor, 1978) Volcano (From Fins, 1979)   www.margaritaville.com {acepolls 222}

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