Known for his island escapism lifestyle, James Buffett is an American singer-songwriter, musician, author, actor, and businessman. The singer-songwriter is perhaps most famous for his music, which often depicts the island life. Some of his most popular songs were recorded with his band, the Coral Reefer Band. Read on to learn about some of Buffett’s most popular songs and discover what they have to offer.
He Went to Paris
“He Went to Paris” is a classic song by Jimmy Buffett. The song tells the story of a young man who moved to Paris after the First World War. While living in Paris, he lost his focus and went to London to study piano. Eventually, he married and became a father, but his philosophical questions were left unanswered. Sadly, he later lost his son in World War II.
While “He Went to Paris” is an enduring song, it has been covered by several artists. Waylon Jennings covered the song in the 1970s. The 1973 version of “My Way” is featured on several Buffett live albums and “best of” collections. Here are a few other cover versions. Jimmy Buffett’s version of “He Went to Paris” is a great choice.
He Wrote Somewhere Over China
This 1992 album from Jimmy Buffett contains a beautiful song called “Somewhere Over China,” co-written by Steve Goodman and released on his own label. This song was a hit in the early 1990s and was a staple of Margaritaville mania. In the song, Buffett plays the part of a historian and describes the difficulties of writing real fiction. He also acknowledges that the writing process is difficult and says that he aspires to travel more than ever, and even to visit space.
The original version of the song, “My Way,” was recorded by Buffett on his 1974 album A1A. Later, the song was covered by Waylon Jennings and is included on several Buffett “best of” albums. Despite the song’s unorthodox title, many people who have listened to it have said that it is one of the best songs Buffett has ever recorded. It has become an instant classic.
He Wrote Son Of Son Of A Sailor
Jimmy Buffett’s eighth studio album, “Son of a Sunsailor,” was released in 1978. It debuted at #10 on the Billboard 200 chart and became his highest-charting album of the decade. Its release on ABC Dunhill was followed by a reissue on the label’s successor, MCA. The song “Seaside” is one of the more famous songs from the album, but the lyrics have since been updated to reflect current circumstances.
This song, which first appeared on “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” has become a staple of Buffett’s concert sets. It has also become the namesake of a chain of cheeseburger restaurants, which Buffett continues to tour in. Another hit is “Livingston Saturday Night,” which was featured on the soundtrack of the 1978 movie “FM.” In the film, Buffett plays a cameo role.