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In 1974, Lynyrd Skynyrd made history when they released their second studio album, Second Helping. It remains one of their most successful albums of all time, and has been certified double platinum by the RIAA.
Included on the album is a track written by guitarist Ed King and lead vocalist Ronnie Van Zant, titled “Workin’ for MCA.” The song’s title references MCA Records, which was the record label Skynyrd had signed with at the time.
The song tells the story of Skynyrd’s early days and their eventual signing with MCA. It also includes Skynyrd’s assertion that after having money taken from them in the past, they’re going to know what happens to their money now that they have a contract. As Ronnie sings, “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” as part of their performance on the German television show, Rockpalast, which was filmed in Hamburg. Footage from the concert surfaced online in 2015, and it’s quite a sight to see.
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 an enthusiastic performance.
Ronnie’s vocal performance was the definition of flawless, as each 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 Ronnie’s exceptional vocal performance and the rockin’ guitar work, this is one performance you simply have to see for yourself, and you can below!
Since Skynyrd has such an extensive history, it’s fun to look back on some of their early moments like this. We hope y’all enjoy taking a trip back in time with us to check out this cool performance of “Workin’ for MCA!”
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