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KEY WEST (CBSMiami/FKNB) — Hundreds of fans gathered to watch singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett at a free private concert in Key West on Wednesday.

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Those in attendance had won a contest after submitting their “dream set list” of Buffett songs.

Buffett performed the 27 songs that earned the most votes during the concert at Key West’s historic San Carlos Institute, where he and his Coral Reefer Band played in the 1970s.

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Fans of singer Jimmy Buffett pack Higgs Beach in Key West, Fla., Wednesday, April 1, 2015, to watch a live video feed of Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band performing a free concert at the nearby San Carlos Institute. Buffett put on the concert as part of a contest where fans submitted a songlist they wanted to hear and about 250 tickets to the San Carlos show were awarded on a lottery basis. The event was also streamed online. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Carol Tedesco/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

Fans of singer Jimmy Buffett pack Higgs Beach in Key West, Fla., Wednesday, April 1, 2015, to watch a live video feed of Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band performing a free concert at the nearby San Carlos Institute.(Carol Tedesco/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

The internationally acclaimed entertainer lived and wrote in Key West during some of his most productive years, and the island is believed to be the inspiration for tunes including his smash hit “Margaritaville.”

As well as peppering his song lyrics with frequent Key West references, Buffett established his first Margaritaville Store and Margaritaville Café on the island. He also maintains a recording studio overlooking the former shrimp docks.

The concert was also streamed live on the internet and those in Key West that couldn’t win tickets crammed Buffett’s establishments and watched a large video screen on Key West’s Higgs Beach.

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