Best known for his hit single "Margaritaville," Jimmy Buffett has been active in the mudic industry since the 1960s. It wasn't until the latter half of the 1970s, however, that he began to break out into the cross-genre, cross-industry icon he is today. His first Top 30 hit, "Come Monday," came in 1974, earning modest national and international radio play. A few years later, he and his band opened for the Eagles and were able to capitalize on the momentum and get near the top of the charts.
His early career earned him two platinum albums: Changes in Latitude, released in 1977, and Son of a Son of a Sailor, released the following year. These back-to-back hits, coupled with a live album that showcased the charisma he could bring to an event. This early success earned him relatively little radio play, despite his increasing fame, due to his unique style: his approach, focused more on a freewheeling lifestyle and artistic integrity than on number-one radio hits, carried Buffett to stardom.