Michael Utley, often credited as Mike Utley, is an American musician, songwriter, and record producer for Jimmy Buffett's Coral Reefer Band. He is the musical director of the band. Born in Blytheville in Mississippi County, Arkansas, he graduated from the University of Arkansas where he was initiated into the Sigma Chi Fraternity.
Early in his career, Utley worked with the house band for Atlantic Records in Miami, Florida's Criteria Studios backing performers such as Aretha Franklin, Jerry Jeff Walker, and the Allman Brothers and in California playing with Rita Coolidge and Kris Kristofferson.
Jerry Jeff Walker recruited Utley to play keyboard instruments on Buffett's first major label album, A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean, in 1973. Utley continued to work with other performers in the mid-1970s while appearing on Buffett's subsequent albums until Buffett's 1977 breakout Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes when he joined the Coral Reefer Band full-time.
Utley has title credit on several albums, the first being an instrumental record with fellow Coral Reefer Band member Robert Greenidge titled Mad Music.
Utley has gone on to produce or co-produce a number of Buffett albums beginning with One Particular Harbour in 1983. He has toured with the Coral Reefers ever since.
During the song "Volcano," Utley's name is mentioned. Right before the first solo, Jimmy Buffett says "Mr. Utley." This leads into the solo.
- Robert Greenidge & Michael Utley (as Club Trini). Mad Music MCA 5695. (1986). re-released on CD (11/05).
- Robert Greenidge & Michael Utley (as Club Trini). Jubilee (1987). re-released on CD (12/05).
- Robert Greenidge & Michael Utley (as Club Trini). Heat (1988).
- Robert Greenidge & Michael Utley (as Club Trini). Club Trini. (1996).
- Robert Greenidge & Michael Utley (as Club Trini). Back in Town. (1999).
- Robert Greenidge & Michael Utley (as Club Trini). Margarita Cafe: Late Night Live. (2000).
- Jimmy Buffett discography
- Steve Eddington. "His Attitude about Music Hasnt Changed.". Front Porch Magazine. July 2007. Accessed 1 October 2007.
|Coral Reefer Band|
|Michael Utley Greg "Fingers" Taylor Mac McAnally Robert Greenidge Ralph MacDonald|
|Studio albums||Down to Earth High Cumberland Jubilee A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean Living & Dying in 3/4 Time A1A Havaña Daydreamin' Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes Son of a Son of a Sailor Volcano Somewhere over China One Particular Harbour Riddles in the Sand Last Mango in Paris Floridays Hot Water Off to See the Lizard Fruitcakes Barometer Soup Banana Wind Beach House on the Moon Far Side of the World License to Chill Take the Weather with You|
|Live albums||You Had To Be There Feeding Frenzy Buffett Live - Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays Live in Fenway Park Live at Texas Stadium Live in Anguilla|
|Soundboard Live Albums||Live in Auburn, WA Live in Las Vegas, NV Live in Mansfield, MA Live in Cincinnati, OH Live in Hawaii|
|Compilation Albums||Before the Salt Songs You Know by Heart Boats, Beaches, Bars & Ballads (box set) Before The Beach All the Great Hits American Storyteller A Pirates Treasure Calaloo (EP) There's Nothing Soft About Hard Times Meet Me in Margaritaville: The Ultimate Collection Now Yer Squawkin|
|Soundtrack, Christmas, and Musical Albums||Rancho Deluxe soundtrack Christmas Island (Christmas album) Don't Stop the Carnival (musical)|
|Other Albums or Compilations Including Original Songs by Jimmy Buffett||Urban Cowboy soundtrack Fast Times at Ridgemont High soundtrack Summer Rental soundtrack Arachnophobia soundtrack Evangeline Margaritaville Cafe:Late Night Menu Duets II Margaritaville Cafe: Late Night Gumbo Kermit Unpigged M.O.M 2.:Music For Our Mother Ocean Elmopalooza soundtrack Imagination Margaritaville Cafe: Late Night Live - Club Trini Sharin' in the Groove Greatest Hits Volume II Selected Shorts Hearts in Mind|
|Videos||Live by the Bay Parrot Heads in Paradise Tales from Margaritavision Music for Montserrat Minimatinee #1 Bridge to Havana Live at Wrigley Field|
|Rancho Deluxe FM Elmopalooza Hoot Sun Dogs|
|The Jolly Mon Tales from Margaritaville Trouble Dolls Where Is Joe Merchant? A Novel Tale A Pirate Looks at Fifty A Salty Piece of Land Swine Not?|
|Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Margaritaville merchandising Cheeseburger in Paradise Restaurant Margaritaville Casino and Resort Land Shark Lager|
|Parrotheads Radio Margaritaville Gulf and western|
|"Margaritaville" "Cheeseburger in Paradise" "Come Monday" "A Pirate Looks at Forty" "Why Don't We Get Drunk (And Screw)"|