In 1974, Lynyrd Skynyrd released their second studio album, Second Helping. It remains one of their most successful albums to this date, and has been ranked double Platinum by the RIAA.
Included on the album is a track written by Ed King and lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, called "Workin' For MCA." The song's title references MCA Records, which was the record company Skynyrd had signed with.
Through the lyrics, the song tells the story of Skynyrd's early days and their eventual signing with their record company. The song also includes Skynyrd's assertion that after having money taken from them throughout the years, they're going to know what happens to their money now that they have a contract, singing, "But I'll sign my contract baby, and I wan't you people to know/That every penny that I make, I'm gonna see where my money goes."
In 1974, Skynyrd included "Workin' For MCA" in their setlist for a performance on the German television show, Rockpalast, which was filmed in Hamburg. In a full color, high-quality clip from the show, the band opened the song with their trademark triple guitar attack from King, Allen Collins, and Gary Rossington, which set the tone for a fun-filled performance.
Van Zant's vocal performance was the definition of flawless, as each and every word flowed effortlessly out of his mouth. His voice had a smoothness to it that was unusual for him, but of course he made sure to include plenty of his signature growls as well.
With Van Zant's exceptional vocal performance and the rockin' guitar work in the piece, this is one performance you simply have to see for yourself, and you can below!
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