Monthly Archives: November 2011

Got up at 3 am this morning…I couldn’t sleep, so I might as well write. Especially since I now only work every other Monday. I’ve been working on the Jim Croce chapter, and I was looking up what type of aircraft Croce was in when he tragically crashed.

Seems I stumbled down one of those Rabbit Holes I speak about. All of a sudden my focus went from Jim Croce to Sky King. And since I’m yawning, and can probably get back to sleep, I’ll simply leave you with a couple of links that will take you back to a Saturday Morning in the mid-Fifties. Your parents are still asleep but you don’t care. You’ve got a box of Fig Newtons, and Sky King is on. Plus you’ve got a crush on Sky’s Niece Penny…

Sky King Commercial

Sky King Show


That’s what I’m calling the chapter in Jimmy Buffett FAQ: All That’s Left To Know About America’s Favorite Calypso Poet that tells of role Jim Croce played in Buffett’s life.

In the way of doing research, I ended up in San Diego’s Gaslamp District being joined during dinner at Croce’s Restaurant by Ingrid Croce and her husband Jim Rock (one of those guys, that when you look at him you think, “Man I’d really like to know this guy).

We all know, that Buffett’s friend Jim Croce’s tragic death ironically had a way of catipulting Jimmy’s career, but there hasn’t been a lot more written about this. And that’s one of the really cool things about writing Jimmy Buffett FAQ, I get to address all the great stories that have been passed over or simply brushed aside.

I’m excited to announce, that Ingrid will either be writing the Forward to my book, or contributing to one of the 4 or 5 vignette stories I call YHTBT Moments. Either way, we’ll all learn more about the Croce/Buffett connection.

So, that brings us to this morning, where, when I was doing some research on Jim Croce which lead to good old YouTube. Then it was a case of going “Down the Rabbit Hole” visiting other Folk/Rock Legends…Watching Videos of:

The King of 42nd Street

Arlo Guthrie


Gordon Lightfoot

Now, that’s what I call a Saturday Morning well spent. Each of these talented musicians played a roll in the development of Jimmy Buffett’s career. I’m really looking forward to learning more about all of these guys, and sharing it with all of you in my upcoming book or on my other Buffett related web site Surfing in Jimmy Buffett’s Wake.

A lot of times, I don’t really pick out what I’m going to writing about. Weekend before last was no different. I found myself writing about Jimmy’s Collaborations. That lead to the fact that Jimmy’s two No. 1 Hits were with Alan Jackson and Zac Brown.

Well, I had It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere on my Mac, and while I have Toes and Chicken Fried, I didn’t have Knee Deep. Now worry, that’s what You Tube is for!

I called my host for the weekend, Rick Bentolila, owner of the Key Largo house I sometimes visit for a get away writing session, into watch with me. As we were looking at Alan Jackson in the opening scene on the yacht HullBilly, Jackson’s 58 1/2 foot Merritt, I happened to mention that I thought the water in the background looked “colorized” like an old movie. Rich’s retort was, “sometimes the Atlantic is that blue. I said, “Nah, that looks like the Caribbean, and I doubt it was shot there.

Quick research told me that the video was shot just up the coast in Jupiter, Florida, at a Bar called…and I love this…The Square Grouper. Shit, that’s on the way home. It wouldn’t be the first time a Buffett song (all be it a collaboration with Jackson) lead me on a detour on a road trip.

What did I find? Well, not water anything like in the Video. Just a stuck up bartender chick, the magic door that Alan Jackson walked through to be on stage with Jimmy, the bar had been painted, and a shitty hamburger. Still glad I made the trip. Hope you enjoyed the photos.

Different door, and the trim was green in the video. Opens on to the staff’s break area. Jimmy Buffett no where in sight.

Again…Green in the video…No bottle opener below brass plate. See the attention to detail I have. Nothing gets by me. I’m a Professional, God Damn It…

View of the Marina…Man I love Boats!

The Sign Don’t Lie Son….

Well, that’s my story, and I’m stickin’ to it….