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Parrotheads celebrate legacy of singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett

Photo courtesy of jimmybuffett.com
American singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett died on Sept 1 after four years of fighting merkel cell skin cancer at 76. Coppell High School teachers and staff remember the legacy Buffett is leaving behind through his music and charity.

Coppell High School students do not tend to think of their teacher’s lives outside of the classroom. But, teachers and staff enjoy attending concerts as much as the students at CHS.

Many of the staff are ‘parrotheads’ and enjoy attending the lively concerts by American singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett, who died on Sept. 1 after four years of fighting Merkel cell skin cancer at the age of 76.

One of these parrotheads is business teacher Bruce Stewart.

“It wasn’t just a show he put on,” Stewart said. “It was the antics, the pre-show in the parking lot. It was food, it was music, it was drinks, it was all a big party with people there to see him.”

Most famously known for his songs “Margaritaville”, “Cheeseburgers In Paradise” and “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere,” Buffett totaled 30 studio albums with eight certified gold and nine certified platinum or multi platinum.

“I saw him about 10 times over the course of the past 30 years,” Stewart said. “I believe his legacy will be passed on. In years to come, people will still be playing his music and talk about how cool he and his songwriting are.”

He was unique in his music style creating a brand of what is called “Island Escapism.” Buffett liked to call his music “drunken Caribbean rock ‘n’ roll.” 

His  music style combined country, rock, folk, calypso and pop music with coastal and tropical lyrical themes for a sound often called “gulf and western” or tropical rock.

“Jimmy painted pictures and short stories in all the songs he wrote,” country music singer-songwriter Kenny Chesney said to Rolling Stone. “He taught a lot of people about the poetry in just living, especially this kid from East Tennessee.”

Buffett is one of the highest-earned musicians of all time with an estimated net worth of $1 billion.

Buffett was heavily involved in charity work including Save the Manatee Club with former Florida Governor Bob Graham, in addition to performing many charity concerts for hurricane relief Hurricane Charley, Hurricane Frances, Hurricane Ivan,  Hurricane Jeanne and Hurricane Harvey.

Though his passing means the end of his live shows, new albums and charity work, the lasting legacy of Jimmy Buffett shall continue on for years. His impact on people will be remembered in Coppell. 

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Ainsley Dwyer, Entertainment Editor
Ainsley Dwyer is a junior and second year staff member. She first found The Sidekick after replacing Spanish VI and softball her sophomore year. She looked around the list of electives before her counselor suggested she join The Sidekick if she enjoyed writing. She fell in love with the staff, experience and the environment. In her free time, Ainsley enjoys theater, enjoys singing, playing the guitar and binge watching TV shows and her favorite movies, Dead Poets Society, Almost Famous, Scream, Maurice and more. She is typically found listening to Taylor Swift, The Beatles, The Mamas & Papas, The Doors, Elvis Presley, Fleetwood Mac, Amy Winehouse, Deftones, Coldplay and Evanescence. She’s born and raised in Coppell. Both her parents are from Colorado, and she plans to attend the University of Colorado to double major in history and journalism. Her older brother, Aidan, is a sophomore at the University of Georgia. Ainsley has two dogs named Blue and Rouey who are part lab and part pointer. Her favorite place she’s traveled to is New York and would love to live there when she's older. She also dreams of traveling across Europe. Ainsley is a big soccer fan, and her favorite player is Luka Modrić so she loves to root for Real Madrid and Croatia’s National Team. She went to Denton Creek Elementary School and Coppell Middle School North. She describes herself as extroverted when it comes to The Sidekick. She loves shopping at Target, Earthbound, Michael’s and thrift stores. Ainsley also has a deep fascination with pop culture from the 2000s as well as pop culture from the 1960s and 70s.

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