Jimmy Buffett, Mac McAnally, Tommy Barnes, legendary Blues artist B.B. King and the late Reggie Bates were inducted into the Mississippi Songwriters Hall of Fame.
They were inducted at a virtual Hall of Fame ceremony held last Thursday.
During the ceremony, which was turned virtual over coronavirus concerns, Pascagoula Mayor Steve Demetropoulos congratulated Buffett.
“It’s been said that Mississippi is the birth place of America’s music, well Jimmy Buffett is America’s music,” Demetropoulos said about the Mississippi Gulf Coast-native.
“It’s a long way from the Pascagoula run and my early days growing up in Mississippi certainly had an impact on the way I wrote songs and what I wrote about. So, thank you Mississippi for that,” Buffet said in a recorded message.
Bates, who was the Mississippi Songwriters Alliance Board of Directors, died in August from coronavirus.
Hall of Fame member Paul Overstreet accepted the award on behalf of his family.
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