Double Barrel

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"Double Barrel"
Single by Dave and Ansell Collins
from the album Double Barrel
Released 1971 (1971)
Genre Reggae
Length 2:44
Label Techniques, Big Tree
Writer(s) Winston Riley[1]
Producer(s) Winston Riley[1]
Dave and Ansell Collins singles chronology
"Double Barrel"
"Monkey Spanner"

"Double Barrel" is a popular reggae single by Dave and Ansell Collins, the second reggae tune to top the charts in the UK, following two years after Desmond Dekker's No. 1 ska song "Israelites".[2]

Written and produced by Winston Riley,[1] former vocalist of The Techniques,[3] the single featured the vocals of Dave Barker, who had been recording in Jamaica for around five years, principally for Clement "Coxsone" Dodd and Lee Perry. Released in 1971, "Double Barrel" became one of the early breakthrough reggae hits internationally.

The record reached number 1 on the UK Singles Chart[3] for the first two weeks in May 1971 (where it was credited to Dave and Ansil Collins). In the US, "Double Barrel" reached the top 30 of the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 22.[4]

The song has been covered by later ska acts such as The Selecter and The Specials.


  1. ^ a b c "Dave And Ansil Collins – Double Barrel". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-01-10. 
  2. ^ Davis, Sharon (2012). Every Chart Topper Tells a Story: The Seventies. Random House. p. 1949. ISBN 9781780574103. 
  3. ^ a b Thompson, Dave (2002) Reggae & Caribbean Music, Backbeat Books, ISBN 0-87930-655-6, p.317
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 138. 
Preceded by
"Hot Love" by T.Rex
UK number one single
May 1, 1971 for two weeks
Succeeded by
"Knock Three Times" by Dawn