Young guitar great, vocalist and entertainer
Rick Derringer was just 17 when his band The McCoysTM recorded
the No.1 hit "Hang On Sloopy" in the summer of 1965, knocking
"Yesterday" by The Beatles out of the top
Rick was the only
producer of all gold and platinum Winter Brothers recordings. In '71
Rick was featured on three records, "Johnny
"Johnny Winter And-Live" and "Edgar Winter's White Trash". "And"
featured the first version of Derringer's "Rock and Roll Hoochie
Koo" which was also released as a single, then selected again for "And -
Live". Eventually, the busy Derringer joined Edgar Winter's White Trash
full-time and produced the gold LP, "Roadwork". Derringer's solo album, All
American Boy was
released in '73 with the now already popular "Rock
and Roll, Hoochie Koo", this
time as a 'hit' single.
was writer/producer of Johnny Winter's Still Alive and Well album
and player/producer of the hit album, They
Only Come Out At Night. The latter featured the No. 1, Grammy
nominated monster hit, "Frankenstein" and "Free Ride".
In 1976 Rick created theDerringerBand.
He released four albums and in '83 returned to his solo career with the
LP, Good Dirty Fun.
popular Derringer appeared on numerous albums with artists Alice Cooper,
Richie Havens, Todd Rundgren and Steely Dan. The list also includes
Cyndi Lauper, Barbra Streisand, Kiss,
Mason Ruffner and Madam X. In
the mid-80's, Derringer discovered Weird Al Yankovic, producing music
for Grammy-winning albums and videos. Derringer's productions of the
Michael Jackson parodies, the No. 1 hit "Eat It", and "Who's Fat", have
been Yankovic's most successful recordings.
It was also in the90'sthat
Rick was selected to be producer/writer/performer of the World Wrestling
Federation LP's. Hulk Hogan's theme song, "I Am A Real American" was
written and performed by Rick as a part of these projects.
Derringer was once again sought after by
in 1990, performed for the LP, Edgar
Winter and Rick Derringer Live in Japan. Then in 1999 Rick and
Edgar were back together again for their collaboration on his Winter
Derringer also recorded four blues CD's
starting in '93 with Back
To the Blues followed by Electra
Blues, Blues Deluxe and
his 2000 release Jackhammer
Blues. At about that same period Derringer, who seems to be
constantly in motion, released his destined-to-be-classic Tend
the Fire in Europe to
rave reviews and is eagerly expected by his loyal fans here in the US.
The year 2001 was
another busy one for Rick. His venture back into Rock & Roll with
Vanilla Fudge superstars Carmine Appice and Tim Bogert produced a
recording of intense synergy - D
B A (for Derringer,
Bogert & Appice) with vocals, writing and instrumentals shared by all
three. 2004 promised a reprise for Derringer and Appice, with the
release of D-N-A.
B A, the next project was truly a work from the heart and soul of
Rick and his wife Brenda Jean (Jenda Hall). Entitled Aiming
it brought forth their devotion to God and put it into song with help
from their children, Lory & Martin. That project opened the doors for a
worldwide release on Reborn Records
We can't forget the Winter of 2002, where Rick
ventured into a whole new musical world - Smooth Jazz. Interest in Rick
Derringer - Free Ride grew
quickly at radio, and the second single "Hot And Cool" (in the 'Radio
and Records' top 20 for 5 months, and number 42 for the year) showed
Derringer right at home in the format. It might come as a surprise, but
as he explains, it's the kind of music he's been waiting to do his whole
life. His wife Brenda is featured as co-writer on three songs, and
arranger/singer on the title cut.
It seems like almost
too much story to take in at one sitting, but the most surprising part
is, after more than four decades he's still going strong!