Son of a Son of a Sailor

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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
Source Rating
Rolling Stone (mixed) [1]
Allmusic 3/5 stars [2]
The Village Voice B[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[edit]

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"[clarification needed] 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[edit]

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


The Coral Reefer Band:

  • Jimmy Buffett: Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
  • Mike Utley: Keyboards
  • Kenneth Buttrey: Drums and percussion
  • Greg "Fingers" Taylor: Harmonica
  • Steve Goodman: Guitar
  • Tim Krekel: Guitar
  • Harry Dailey: Bass
  • Norbert Putnam: Bass, kalimba
  • Jay Spell: Keyboards
  • Harvey Thompson: Saxophone
  • Farrell Morris: Percussion
  • Billy Puett: Recorder, Bass flute
  • The Sid Sharp Strings: Strings
  • Deborah McColl: Background vocals
  • Ginger Holladay: Background vocals
  • Janie Fricke: Background vocals
  • Larry Lee: Background vocals
  • Lea Jane Berinati: Background vocals
  • Penny Nichols: Background vocals


  • "Cheeseburger in Paradise" b/w "African Friend" (Released on ABC Dunhill 12358 in March 1978)
  • "Livingston Saturday Night" b/w "Cowboy In The Jungle" (Released on ABC Dunhill 12391 in July 1978)
  • "Mañana" b/w "Coast of Marseilles" (Released on ABC Dunhill 12428 in November 1978)