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Coconut Telegraph
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Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 1981
RecordedSeptember 1980
StudioMuscle Shoals (Sheffield)
MCA-5169 (US, 12")
ProducerNorbert Putnam
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Coconut Telegraph[3] is the tenth studio album by American popular music singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett. It was released in February 1981 as MCA 5169 and was produced by Norbert Putnam.


In addition to songs written or co-written by Buffett (including one with J.D. Souther), the album includes the 1934 jazz standard "Stars Fell on Alabama" penned by Mitchell Parish and Frank Perkins and "It's My Job" written by Mac McAnally, the beginning of a long-term collaboration that would lead to McAnally becoming a member of Buffett's Coral Reefer Band.

Chart performance

Coconut Telegraph reached No. 30 on the Billboard 200 album chart. The song "It's My Job" hit No. 57 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles and would be Buffett's last appearance on that chart for over 20 years until his 2003 duet with Alan Jackson, "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere."

Track listing

Side 1:

  1. "Coconut Telegraph" (Jimmy Buffett) – 2:57
  2. "Incommunicado" (Jimmy Buffett, Deborah McColl, M.L. Benoit) – 3:39
  3. "It's My Job" (Mac McAnally) – 3:10
  4. "Growing Older But Not Up" (Jimmy Buffett) – 3:23
  5. "The Good Fight" (Jimmy Buffett, J.D. Souther) – 3:25

Side 2:

  1. "The Weather is Here, Wish You Were Beautiful" (Jimmy Buffett) – 4:06
  2. "Stars Fell on Alabama" (Mitchell Parish, Frank Perkins) – 4:12
  3. "Island" (Jimmy Buffett, David Loggins) – 3:54
  4. "Little Miss Magic" (Jimmy Buffett) – 4:00


The Coral Reefer Band:



  1. ^ Sylvan Barnet; Marcia Stubbs (1995). Barnet & Stubbs's Practical Guide to Writing With Readings. Harper Collins College. p. 431. ISBN 978-0-673-52329-7.
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  3. ^ In Live by the Bay, Buffett describes "coconut telegraph" as the Caribbean version of the grapevine.
  4. ^ A pseudonym of Jimmy Buffett.[citation needed]