“Double Barrel” is a 1970 reggae single by Dave and Ansell Collins the second reggae song to top the UK charts. The record peaked at number 1 on the UK Singles Chart during the first two weeks in May 1971, selling 300,000 copies, after just 33 radio plays. In the United States, “Double Barrel” peaked at number 22 on the Billboard Hot 100 on August 7, 1971 and number 4 at WLS on June 28, 1971.
Written and produced by Winston Riley, former lead singer of The Techniques, the single was voiced by Dave Barker, who had been recording in Jamaica for about five years, mainly for Clement “Coxsone” Dodd and Lee Perry. The lyrics are punctuated by the unusual statement “I am the magnificent W-O-O-O”, but the title never appears. In 1972, The Delegates included a sample of the song in the top ten hits “Convention ’72”.
From the label’s humble beginnings in a rundown London warehouse to its ascendance as a barrier-breaking cultural entity boasting over 15,000 titles in its catalog, Trojan Records has played an invaluable role in establishing reggae as an essential thread within the fabric of popular music.
Dave & Ansell Collins (sometimes billed as Dave and Ansil Collins or Dave & Ansel Collins).Dave Barker (born David John Crooks, 10 October 1947, Kingston, Jamaica), a session vocalist, and Ansell Collins (born 1949, Kingston, Jamaica) , a keyboards player, were working for producer Lee “Scratch” Perry in Kingston, Jamaica in the late 1960s, and joined forces in 1971, for the ska single “Double Barrel”.
Keyboardist Ansell Collins was just 23 years old when he and Dave Barker packed their bags and left for London in 1971 to promote their hit song, Double Barrel. Next month, the duo will reunite at the April 21-24 London International Ska Festival…
” Double Barrel” is a 1970 reggae single by Dave and Ansell Collins (though credited in both the UK and the U.S. to ‘Dave and Ansil Collins’). It was the second reggae tune to top the UK charts, two years after Desmond Dekker’s number 1 ska breakthrough hit ” Israelites”.
Expanded version of one of the Trojan’s most popular long players, Includes recordings new to CD. Featured on this expanded version of the best-selling Trojan LP from 1971, are the UK Number One title track, the duo’s Top 10 follow-up, ‘Monkey Spanner’, and an array of sought after vocal and instrumental sides for the sessions with leading producer, Winston Riley.
The 1970s were the decade the Canadian music industry began to come into its own. The first Juno Awards ceremony was held in 1971, Canadian content requirements for broadcasters were established later that year, and homegrown acts like Rush, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Anne Murray and Gordon Lightfoot gained international followings.
Dave and Ansell Collins – Double Barrel (1971)
I am the magnificent
I’m backed by the shack of a soul boss
Most turnin’ stormin’ sound o’soul
I am double U, O, O, O
And I’m still up here again
Work, work, work, work, work
Work, work, work, work, work, work
Build it up one time
Work it on baby
Mush, mush, mush, mush
Hit me one time
Ugh, ugh, ugh, ugh, ugh
Break it up
Push your lips now
You’re fine, baby
I am the magnificent, double U, O, O, O
Good God, too much, I like it
Work it up one time, work it two time
Shack it, back it
I am the magnificent baby, double U, O, O, O
Enter the shack at the back of your soul, baby
Work it out, huh
Hit me one time