A lot of Parrot Heads Had No Idea there was a Mrs Buffett
Let’s meet Jimmy Buffett’s wife of 46 years her name is Jane Slagsvol and if you’re like a lot of Jimmy’s fans, you probably have never seen her before now. When Jimmy Buffett passed away on September 1st we felt as though we lost a friend. A fellow pirate in the sea battle of life in the 20th and 21st centuries. His music was the soundtrack to the lives of people in search of that mystical “Margaritaville”. At the same time he was a mystery to many.
More than just Boat Drinks
When we think of Jimmy Buffett, we picture him on either a boat in the Caribbean or a flying a private plane to another island adventure. Or perhaps we think of him in a funky bar in Key West regaling the crowd with his stories of sailing the high seas… well, high. Did you ever think that he was married 46 years to the same woman? I never did. Although if you saw him in concert you may have seen him with one of his two daughters Savanah.
Now let’s meet Mrs Jimmy Buffett
According to People Magazine Buffett and Slagsvol met in Key West, Florida, in the early ’70s. Slagsvol was a student at the University of South Carolina and had gone to the popular vacation destination for her spring break. She met Buffett at the Chart Room bar, and they had an immediate connection.
The singer told TIME magazine in 1998 that the next time he saw her, she was “wearing a tight, long pink dress that made a lasting impression on me.” They moved in together shortly after and got married in 1977.
Their eldest daughter, Savannah, was born on June 1, 1979, not long after the couple got married. They welcomed their second daughter together, Sarah, who goes by Delaney, after their reconciliation on April 1, 1992. They then adopted their son, Cameron, who was born in 1994.
Jimmy wrote Come Monday about Jane
It’s no surprise that Buffett had written at least one song for his wife. According to the biography Jimmy Buffett: A Good Life All The Way, his 1978 hit song “Come Monday” was written for Slagsvol while he was in L.A. on tour and she was back in Key West.
Buffett found himself missing her and wrote the song about that feeling. It includes lyrics like, “Come Monday, it’ll be alright / Come Monday, I’ll be holding you tight / I spent four lonely days in brown L.A. haze /And I just want you back by my side.” Slagsvol also appeared in the music video.