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In November 1975, Lynyrd Skynyrd took off across the pond to perform on the British television music show called The Old Grey Whistle Test. Skynyrd chose to open their performance in a unique way, by playing a medley with a new song and a classic favorite.
First, Skynyrd performed the first single from their album Gimme Back My Bullets, called “Double Trouble.” At the time, Gimme Back My Bullets wasn’t due for release until a few months later, and “Double Trouble” hadn’t even been recorded yet. So when Skynyrd performed “Double Trouble” at The Old Grey Whistle Test, it was one of the first times anyone got the chance to hear the song.
Ronnie Van Zant, who wrote the song along with Allen Collins, sings about how much of a trouble maker he is, saying, “Double trouble–that’s what my friends all call me.” During his performance of the song on The Old Grey Whistle Test, Ronnie furthered the message of the song by putting an extra dose of attitude into his voice and actions.
Once the band wrapped up “Double Trouble,” a short and spectacular instrumental solo led seamlessly into one of their old classics, “I Ain’t the One.” Written by Ronnie and Gary Rossington, the song also has a similar sense of attitude to “Double Trouble,” as Ronnie sings “Well, I’ll tell you plainly baby/What I plan to do/’Cause I may be crazy baby/But I ain’t no fool.“
While Ronnie got his chance to show off in “Double Trouble,” their performance of “I Ain’t the One” contained more of the band’s rockin’ guitar solos. The medley gave everyone in the band the chance to show off their talents, and the crowd loved it.
Tune in below to check out Skynyrd’s medley performance, and you’ll see just how perfectly these two songs blend together!
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