Pencil Thin Mustache

Pencil Thin Mustache

Infobox Single
Name = Pencil Thin MustacheThe song title originally used the British spelling "moustache", but subsequent releases have used the usual U.S. spelling "mustache".]
Artist = Jimmy Buffett
from Album = Living & Dying in ¾ Time
A-side = "Pencil Thin Moustache"
B-side = "Brand New Country Star"
Released = August 1974
Format = 7"
Recorded = October 1973 at Woodland Sound Studio in Nashville, Tennessee
Genre = Rock/Gulf and western
Length = 02:47
Label = ABC Dunhill
AB-12305 (U.S., 7")
Writer = Jimmy Buffett
Producer = Don Gant
Certification =
Chart position =
* #101 (U.S. "Billboard Bubbling" Under Hot 100 Singles)
* #44 (U.S. Billboard Easy Listening)
Last single = "Come Monday"
This single = "Pencil Thin Moustache"
Next single = "A Pirate Looks at Forty"

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Upper caption = Audio sample
Audio file = JIMMY BUFFETT -- Pencil Thin Moustache.ogg

"Pencil Thin Mustache," originally released as "Pencil Thin Moustache," is a song written and performed by American popular music singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett. It was released as a single (b/w "Brand New Country Star") on Dunhill D-15011 in August 1974.

It was first released on his 1974 album "Living & Dying in ¾ Time". It "bubbled under" the "Billboard" Hot 100 at #101 and reached #44 on the Easy Listening chart.

The song narrative is a nostalgic look by Buffett back at the popular culture of his childhood. The title refers to the type of mustache worn by a movie character, Boston Blackie. Buffett refers to a number of other persons, characters, and products of the period including Ricky Ricardo, Andy Devine, Sky (King)'s niece Penny, (American) Bandstand, Disneyland, "Ramar of the Jungle", Bwana, flat top, dirty bop, Errol Flynn, the Sheik of Araby, and Brylcreem. Buffet states that, "the thing about writing a song like this is that the older you get, the more people there are who need an explanation of the characters in the song. I shudder to think how old Sky king's niece Penny is today. It all started with that two-toned Ricky Ricardo jacket. I can't wait for them to come back." [Quoted at "Pencil Thin Mustache" [ lyrics page] .]

"Pencil Thin Mustache" is a popular songs with Buffett fans and is often played at concerts but is not part of "The Big 8" that he has played at almost all of his concerts. Recorded live versions of the song appear on "You Had to Be There" and "".


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