CHART TOPPER JIMMY BUFFETT
SAYS HE WAS REDISCOVERED BY COUNTRY MUSIC --
WEDNESDAY ON "60 MINUTES" ON CBS
When he first started out, Jimmy Buffett couldn't make it in Nashville, so he drifted to Key West, Fla., created a fictitious place called Margaritaville and built a cult-like fan base of frozen-drink-sipping parrot heads. Now, more than 30 years later, Buffett tells correspondent Steve Kroft how he was able to bring his career full circle. Kroft asks, "Did country music rediscover you or did you rediscover country music?" Buffett responds, "...I think they rediscovered me�.I really don't think I changed much. I'm not 20 years old anymore and I don't need to�have an image created�." Kroft's interview with Buffett will be broadcast on 60 MINUTES Wednesday, Oct. 6 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
The past year has been a whirlwind of success that started innocently enough when a friend, country music superstar Alan Jackson, asked him for help recording a new song. "I went in the studio, I literally was there about 20 minutes," Buffett tells Kroft. "I sang for, I think, a total of 24 seconds on the record and it became this huge hit." The song, "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere," earned Buffett his first Country Music Association (CMA) award.
On the heels the CMA award, Buffett recruited some of the biggest names in country music to help him with his latest record, "License to Chill." The album, which debuted on the charts at number one, yielded a surprise hit with an old standard written by Hank Williams. "'Hey, Good Lookin' was a song that I used to sing with my Dad�and he was�a huge Hank Williams fan and�I love the fact that-- that we chose a Hank Williams song, put a little bit of a Cajun, Zydeco feel to it and got Hank Williams back on the country charts today," says Buffett. "I�think Hank would like that."
He's made his way to the top of the country charts, but Buffett tells Kroft he has no plans to slow down. "Well, I always said that I wouldn't use a TelePrompTer and if I start to sing real flat, I'll hang it up," he tells Kroft. "...I'm having more fun now [and] as long as that continues�" Buffett also says he has a lot to be thankful for. "Well, I'm still here," the 57-year-old musician tells Kroft. "Didn't have to go to rehab and I'm not broke."
Josh Howard is the executive producer of 60 MINUTES Wednesday and Christopher Martin is the producer of this report.