Double Barrel

Double Barrel

Double Barrel is a popular reggae single by Dave and Ansell Collins.

Written and produced by Ansell Collins, and featuring the vocals of Dave Barker, who had been recording in Jamaica for around five years, principally for Clement "Coxsone" Dodd and Lee Perry, it was released in 1971 by executive producer, Winston Riley[1], former vocalist of The Techniques. It became one of the early breakthrough reggae hits internationally.

The single reached #1 on the UK singles chart[1] for two weeks in April 1971 (where it was credited to Dave and Ansil Collins) and reached the top 30 of the Billboard Hot 100 peaking at #22.

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


  1. ^ a b Thompson, Dave (2002) Reggae & Caribbean Music, Backbeat Books, ISBN 0-87930-655-6, p.317
Preceded by
"Hot Love" by T.Rex
UK number one single
May 1, 1971 for two weeks
Succeeded by
"Knock Three Times" by Dawn

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