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Rick Derringer

It seems like Rick Derringer has been on the rock & roll scene forever -- actually, it's only been since 1965, which makes him one of the more enduring veterans of his generation. Derringer's work with his band the McCoys in his midteens, highlighted by the bubblegum anthem "Hang On Sloopy," gave him a claim to low-level rock & roll immortality, and his subsequent playing with Johnny (and later Edgar) Winter provided him with a degree of credibility that a lot of guitar players can only envy, especially after the release of the Edgar Winter live double album Roadwork.

Derringer began getting production experience with the McCoys, but they were never able to overcome their bubblegum rock image, and by the end of the 1960s, Derringer and his brother Randy were recruited by Johnny Winter into his band, with Derringer playing guitar and also producing. He emerged as a solo artist in the wake of his playing with Edgar Winter's White Trash. Derringer first became popular in his own right during the early/mid-'70s, beginning with a new version of his own "Rock & Roll, Hoochie Koo" (which Johnny Winter had covered for him a few years earlier) off Derringer's heavy metal-influenced debut album, All American Boy. Derringer soon had his own band, called Derringer, on the road -- although his guitarist and bassist, Danny Johnson and Kenny Aaronson, left in 1977 to form Axis -- and within a couple of years had established himself as a popular favorite. Derringer's recorded history was somewhat spotty, however, as his record sales never matched his favor with concert audiences -- a huge gap also existed between releases, which didn't bother him; even in the late '90s, Derringer played close to 200 shows a year. He spent most of the late '70s and 1980s, however, as a producer, working with artists as diverse as Bette Midler, Kiss, Meat Loaf, Cyndi Lauper, Barbra Streisand, and Weird Al Yankovic.

Derringer is known for his hard-rocking live shows, which don't necessarily translate well to recordings, or lend themselves to much originality. As he neared age 50 in the 1990s, however, he had mellowed, and this showed when he began recording again for Shrapnel Records in 1993 with the albums Back to the Blues and Electra Blues. Years of fair to average rock and adult contemporary albums followed, but in 2002 Derringer did an about-face and tried his hands at jazz with the adventurous Free Ride. ~ Bruce Eder, Rovi
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pschneiderme y e r
A guitar player's guitar player ! God bless you for continuing to entertain us!
Awesome!
I really miss the Derringer Band
I have been a fan for 40 years.
Hang On Sloopy and Rock and Roll Hootchie Coo - 2 of the great rock songs.
Rock and roll hootchie koo
sj_tanner
Hang on Mansfield, Oh. Tommy McGuire
Getting old beats the alternative! 68n and still rocking!
afbfast
Fun gettin old, ain't it.
hodgdons7
Hot & Cool .... yes! This is sure Rick Derringer like I've never heard. And I've been around since Hang on Sloopy was on AM radio!
denjen13a
Really love this song...Hot & Cool...it sure is...
I saw him at Day On The Green at the Oakland Coliseum with Led Zeppelin, and Judas Priest. I love Zeppelin, but I thought Derringer stole a lot of the show. He rocked out. What a crazy concert that was. I saw more drugs then I had ever seen at a concert and I have been to tons. I saw one guy dead on the steps with people walking over him. I later saw Derringer at club in San Jose, Ca. and he rocked down the house.
underated from the days of hang on sloopy till yoday.....JU S T listen to Johnny Winter AND LIVE
Great guy... still alive and well.
He has a rendition of jumping Jack flash by the Rolling Stones that is better than the Rolling Stones!
He aged like fine wine! Super job!!!
Fantastic ! Keep it up. Remember seeing Rick years ago in Dayton Ohio
Very kool instrumental s
All my god I'm 54 years old I had no idea go get'em rick awesome
Need to add Guitars and Women
Obviously a long way from Hang On Sloopy to, for lack of a better term, Contemporary Jazz. My band played Hang On Sloopy when I was a teen, but no way I'm able to play the guitar licks in this tune! Nice!
professorjef f 3
A punchy, upbeat tune for sure. Saw him in concert one summer. Great show. Listened to All American Boy and Derrigner Live many times over.
I saw him along time ago. He played with Johnny Winter in Detroit.
From Hang on Sloopy the all-time garage band anthem to Jonny Winter, the best (or second if you're a Stevie Ray guy) guitarist in the world to zany 70's Mainstream Medal to jazz, Rick Derringer has got to be music's most heavily- travelled journeyman.
realxprt
absolutely the loudest performance I ever went to at a bar in Golden Colorado. Derringer was there and the ears were ringing for about 2 days
thehiebertco
Rick was originally from the Fort Recovery, Ohio area -- near the Ohio/Indiana state line. I believe his real last name was Zerringer and before they came up with the name, McCoys, they were Rick Z and the Raiders. They played the Eagles Hall in Minster, Ohio the year prior to Hang On Sloopy hitting and just rocked the place silly. My cousin said he never saw anything like him. Those were the days!
You have come a long ways.. and I love where Rick settled him into this music!
photodive
Great talent and this crossover to jazz just proves how underrated he was as a musician. But those who know will tell you he is one of the best guitarists out there rock or jazz he shines in either genre.
JUST ONE MORE OVERLOOKED AND UNDER APPRECIATED BY BOTH CRITICS AND FANS!
carrman01
saw him at a concert connected to a local air show around 2005. he was amazing. band was tight and rick shredded. there was 3-4 young teen boys at the front of the stage that were just mezmerized. they were watching one of the greats
and at the fillmore east with j winter elvin bishop and the allmans great triple bill
seen rick at the chatterbox seaside hites nj 1974
we always did hoochiecoo in our bands in the 70s and 80s. this guy smokes....he came to tennessee in the late eightys and did coke with us all nite after the show...pow!
I remember him from the days of the McCoys(my band did a cover of Hang on sloopy but then who didn't? )glad to hear he's still woodchucking .
Take me back to High School
You know if you had a boat and it could only hold 10 guitar players to rescue them so to speak from an island out of the hundreds through out the years. I'm not sure if Rick would make that trip, but it would be damn hard to leave him on the island. I just may have to swim and let him on board.
'Larry':
Thanks for the update on RD. He does have some R&B and soul-jazz in his, now Christian, heart. Good move - and 'good on him'! Hope he stays with it (both the music and his Maker....)
I saw Rick Derringer at a nightclub in Shreveport, La. in the late 1980s. His band included his wife at the time, who played miscellaneou s percussion but was really superfluous. Of course, Derringer hadn't had a hit in a while. It was a good show all the same. I talked to him for a little while after the gig as he was collecting his money in the nighclub's office. He came off as pretty unpretenious . Derringer is since a born-again Christian.
cindy2609
I am totally in love with Rick Derringer! Always have been I love Johnny Winter too!
Chris Snyder, if you're out there, hello.
what a line skeeters start buzzing this time of year was'nt the only thing buzzing...
Always liked the All American Boy! Jpr
nice to see rick on your site , very coolllllllll l l l l l
i agree..Derri n g e r is a great album..it was the recording that introduced me to Rick and his group...
where is Sweet Evil, and Derringer... g r e a t records. Also Pandora should get Live at Cleveland, its incredible.
mama_happy
Such a total surprise to me; where have I been.

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