Double Trouble (George Jones and Johnny Paycheck album)

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Double Trouble
Double Trouble Jones&PayCheck Album.jpg
Studio album by
Released 1980
StudioColumbia Recording Studios, Nashville, Tennessee
Genre Rock
Length28:10
Label Epic
Producer Billy Sherrill
George Jones chronology
My Very Special Guests
(1979)
Double Trouble
(1980)
I Am What I Am
(1980)
Johnny Paycheck chronology
Bars, Booze & Blondes
(1979)
Double Trouble
(1980)
Mr. Hag Told My Story
(1981)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic [1]

Double Trouble is an album by American country music artists George Jones and Johnny Paycheck released in 1980 on the Epic Records label. The album consists of covers of rock and roll hits from the 1950s and 1960s, with the exception of the opening track, " When You're Ugly Like Us (You Just Naturally Got to Be Cool)", an original song. Double Trouble is Jones and Paycheck's only duet album.

Background

Paycheck had played bass for Jones as part of the Jones Boys in the 1960s. The production, by Billy Sherrill, has Sherrill's trademark " countrypolitan" sound and includes a female chorus on some songs.

Reception

Although the album stalled on the Billboard charts at number 45, the Chuck Berry song " Maybellene" would make the top ten, peaking at number 7. "You Can Have Her" and "You Better Move On" were also minor hits.

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic observes, "The pair sound as if they were on one of their notorious drinking and drugging binges, making jokes with each other throughout every song (except the closing " You Better Move On") and singing without regard for key." He also calls it "easily the worst album George Jones ever recorded."

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1." When You're Ugly Like Us (You Just Naturally Got to Be Cool)"Don Goodman, Rick Schulman2:22
2." Along Came Jones" Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller2:58
3." Proud Mary" John Fogerty2:49
4." You Can Have Her"William S. Cook3:11
5."Smack Dab in the Middle" Charles Calhoun2:38
6." Maybellene" Chuck Berry, Alan Freed, Russ Fratto2:18
7." Roll Over Beethoven"Chuck Berry3:49
8." Kansas City"Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller3:05
9." Tutti Frutti" Richard Penniman, Dorothy LaBostrie, Robert Blackwell2:12
10." You Better Move On" Arthur Alexander2:48

Personnel

  • George Jones – vocals
  • Johnny Paycheck - Vocals
  • Billy Sanford – guitar
  • Cliff Parker – guitar
  • Tommy Allsup - guitar
  • Phil Baugh - electric guitar
  • Jim Murphy – pedal steel guitar
  • Stephen R. Shaffer – bass guitar
  • Jerry Kroon – drums
  • Bobby Wood – piano
  • Diane Tidwell, Janie Fricke, Joe Bias, Judy Anderson, Nick DeStefano, The Nashville Edition - backing vocals
Technical
  • Lou Bradley, Ron Reynolds - engineer
  • Slick Lawson - photography

Singles

Year Single Peak positions
US Country CAN Country
1978 " Maybellene" 7 4
1979 "You Can Have Her" 14 26
1980 "When You're Ugly Like Us
(You Just Naturally Got to Be Cool)"
31 29
" You Better Move On" 18 25

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