I will be seeing my 39th Jimmy Buffett concert this year. He is playing at River Bend Music Center on Monday July 21. I always go to a tailgate party a college alumni friend sets up each year. I was at the show in Kings Island 1985 when the Parrot Head phrase came to be.
Origin of the Term Parrot Head
The term "Parrot Head" began in 1985 at a Jimmy Buffett concert at the Timberwolf Amphitheater in Cincinnati, OH. Buffett has said numerous times that he attributes much of his fame to this area. At the show, Jimmy commented about everyone wearing Hawaiian shirts and parrot hats and how they kept coming back to see his shows, just like Deadheads. Timothy B. Schmit, then a member of the Coral Reefer Band, coined the term "Parrot Head" to describe each of those fans.