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Ed Bradley, Close Friend of Buffett, Dies

posted November 9th, 2006 at 3:40 pm

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by Josh Martin

Jimmy lost a close friend today. Ed Bradley of 60 Minutes.

Bradley is survived by his wife, Patricia Blanchet, of New York. He married
Blanchet, an artist, in 2004 at their Aspen, Colorado, home with Jimmy Buffett providing the wedding music, according to a column in the Rocky Mountain News.

He introduced Jimmy onstage at the Big Apple to the Big Easy concert at Madison Square Garden.

As a jazz afficionado and lover of musical improv, he appeared on stage at the Margaritaville Cafe in New Orleans in May ’06 during Jazz Fest week. With Little Feat tackling the song on the spot, he took the mic for a sponanious rendition of his unofficial theme song…the R&B classic by the Dominoes “Sixty Minute Man” with his friend Jimmy standing nearby, beaming a grin.

Bradley, dies of Lukemia at age 65. Nov 9, 2006.

Update – From the NY Times: Buffett was with Bradley in his hospital room when he died:

Though Mr. Bradley had largely concealed his illness, he and his wife, Patricia Blanchet, had reached out in recent days to some of his closest friends — including Charlayne Hunter-Gault of National Public Radio (who traveled to his bedside from her home in South Africa) and the singer Jimmy Buffett (who rushed to New York to be with him following a concert in Hawaii).

Mr. Buffett said he told Mr. Bradley on Wednesday that “the Knicks and the Democrats won,” eliciting a smile from Mr. Bradley, who by that point could barely speak.

“I made the mistake once of letting him get onstage with my band, and he never stopped doing it,” said Mr. Buffett, who was introduced to Mr. Bradley 30 years ago in Key West, Fla., by a mutual friend, Hunter S. Thompson.

Mr. Bradley had many nicknames throughout his life, including Big Daddy, when he played defensive end and offensive tackle in the 1960s at Cheyney State College (now Cheyney University of Pennsylvania); but his favorite, Ms. Hunter-Gault and Mr. Buffett said, was Teddy Badly, which Mr. Buffett bestowed on him onstage the first time Mr. Bradley played tambourine at his side.

“Everybody in my opinion needs a little Mardi Gras in their life,” Mr. Buffett said, “and he liked to have a little more than the average person on occasion.”

“He was such a great journalist,” Mr. Buffett added, “but he still knew how to have a good time.”

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New Cheeseburger in Paradises Opening

posted November 7th, 2006 at 3:41 pm

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by Josh Martin

A couple of new Cheeseburger in Paradises are opening. Here are the articles on them:

Stanton, Delaware – “Jimmy Buffett restaurant opening in Stanton”
Evansville, Indiana – “What’s happening today?”

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JB To Take Part in James Taylor Tribute

posted November 6th, 2006 at 3:42 pm

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by Josh Martin

“A Tribute to James Taylor” will air 8 p.m. Nov. 29 as part of many PBS stationsrun holiday pledge drives. Guests include Keith Urban, India.Arie, Jackson Browne, Sheryl Crow, Jimmy Buffett and former President Bill Clinton.

From PBS.org:

With his gentle acoustic sound and insightful lyrics, James Taylor remains one of the most influential and beloved singer-songwriters to emerge from the popular music scene of the 1970s. In a career extending over three decades, Taylor’s musical craftsmanship has delighted critics and audiences alike. In recognition of his many achievements in music, as well as his philanthropic efforts, Taylor was honored in February 2006 as “Person of the Year” by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences’ MusiCares program. The all-star lineup of performers paying tribute to “Sweet Baby James” includes India Arie, Jackson Browne, David Crosby, Dixie Chicks, Sheryl Crow, Jerry Douglas, Dr. John, Carole King, Alison Krauss, Taj Mahal, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, and Keith Urban.

The program premieres on November 29, 2006 (check local listings); watch for the launch of the Web companion in November 22, 2006.

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“TTWWY” Down to No. 29 in Third Week

posted November 1st, 2006 at 3:43 pm

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by Josh Martin

Jimmy’s new album Take The Weather With You falls to number 29 in its third week on the charts with 30,000 copies sold. That’s down 16 spots from last week’s position at number 13 when it sold just under 52,000. The album debuted the first week at number 4, selling 120,592 copies.

Buy “Take The Weather With You” Now!

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