Trenet had composed "La Mer" (which means "the Sea") with French lyrics completely different and unrelated to the English language version that Lawrence later wrote. Trenet's French version was a homage and ode to the changing moods of the sea, while Lawrence, by just adding one word "Beyond" to the title, gave him the start whereby he made the song into one of a dear lover mourning for a lost love, boyfriend/girlfriend, or beloved sweetheart.
American R&B singer George Benson recorded a R&B version of the song under the title "Beyond The Sea (La Mer)." It was released on Warner Bros.. This version entered the UK Singles Chart on 20 April 1985. It reached a peak position of no. 60 and remained on the chart for three weeks.
Pablo Bubar reintroduced "Beyond the Sea" in one of the musical romance sketches of "Pablo the Romantic" from Boom Town, broadcast by BBC Three (UK, 2013). This version included the piano music of Ross Leadbeater.
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—Hedgpeth, Steve (January 10, 2005). - "In any language, it's a hit - RICKY RETRO". - The Star-Ledger.
—Schudel, Matt (March 18, 2009). - "Composer's Hits Helped Singers Such as Sinatra". - The Washington Post.