Son of a Son of a Sailor

Son of a Son of a Sailor
Studio album by Jimmy Buffett
Released March 1978
Recorded 1977
Genre Rock, Gulf and Western
Length 34:09
Label ABC Dunhill
AA-1046 (U.S., 12")
Producer Norbert Putnam
Jimmy Buffett chronology
Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes
Son of a Son of a Sailor
Professional ratings
Review scores
Rolling Stone(mixed) [1]
Allmusic [2]
The Village VoiceB[3]

Son of a Son of a Sailor is the eighth studio album by American popular music singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett. It was initially released in March 1978 as ABC Dunhill AA-1046 and later rereleased on its successor label, MCA.

Chart performance

Son of a Son of a Sailor reached #10 on the Billboard 200 album chart and #6 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. The album was also certified "Platinum" by the RIAA.

Three singles from the album charted including "Cheeseburger in Paradise" (#32 on the Billboard Hot 100), "Livingston Saturday Night" (#52 Hot 100; #91 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart), and "Mañana" (#84 Country).


Two of the songs on Son of a Son of a Sailor are written by Keith Sykes and the remainder are written by Buffett. "Cheeseburger in Paradise" from the album appears on all of Buffett's major greatest hits collections and is a perennial concert favorite, one of "The Big 8" that he has played at almost every concert and which is the namesake of the Cheeseburger in Paradise restaurant chain. "Livingston Saturday Night" is a remake of a significantly different version Buffett recorded for the 1975 Rancho Deluxe soundtrack with a number of lyrical changes (e.g., "fifteen may get you twenty" was "sixteen may get you twenty"). The Son of a Son of a Sailor version of the song also appeared on the soundtrack to the 1978 movie FM that featured a cameo appearance by Buffett. The album also includes the fan favorites "Son of a Son of a Sailor", "Cowboy in the Jungle", and "Mañana".

Track listing

"Cheeseburger in Paradise"
Perennial concert favorite and the first single from Son of a Son of a Sailor

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All songs written by Jimmy Buffett, except where noted.

  1. "Son of a Son of a Sailor" – 3:23
  2. "Fool Button" – 2:47
  3. "The Last Line" (Keith Sykes) – 3:38
  4. "Livingston Saturday Night" – 3:09
  5. "Cheeseburger in Paradise" – 2:51
  6. "Coast of Marseilles" (Keith Sykes) – 5:02
  7. "Cowboy in the Jungle" – 5:06
  8. "Mañana" – 4:00
  9. "African Friend" – 4:21


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