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Rick Derringer

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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
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Albums by
Rick Derringer

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    Beat The Clock

    12 songs

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    High City

    14 songs

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    Rick Derringer - Lucky 13

    11 songs

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    If I Weren't So Romantic, I'd Shoot You

    10 songs

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    Spring Fever

    12 songs

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    Blues Deluxe

    10 songs

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    Electra Blues

    11 songs

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    Back to the Blues

    12 songs

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    All American Boy

    8 songs

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    Sweet Evil

    8 songs

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    Face to Face

    11 songs

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    Free Ride

    1 song

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    Rock and Roll, Hootchie Koo

    1 song

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    All Shook Up

    1 song

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    Read the Word Live It Too

    1 song

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    Fever

    14 songs

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    Playlist: The Very Best of Rick Derringer

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    The Three Kings of the Blues

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    Collection: The Blues Bureau Years

    12 songs

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    Rock 'n' Roll Hoochie Coo: The Best of Rick Derringer

    14 songs

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    Greatest and Latest

    16 songs

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    Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo: The Best of Rick Derringer

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    Live at the Ritz, New York

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    Live in Cleveland

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Top Songs by
Rick Derringer

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    Popularity
  2.   Rock and Roll, Hootchie Koo
  3.   Rock N' Roll Hoochie Coo
  4.   [Untitled]
  5.   Teenage Queen
  6.   Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
  7.   Rock and Roll Hoochie Coo
  8.   Real American
  9.   Knighted by the Blues
  10.   Key To The Highway
  11.   Hearts Like Band Grenades by Derringer
  12.   You've Got to Love Her With a Feeling
  13.   The Mess Around
  14.   Teenage Love Affair
  15.   Hide Away 1962
  16.   Something Inside of Me
  17.   Comes a Woman
  18.   If It's the Blues
  19.   Still Alive and Well
  20.   Rock
  21.   Desires of the Heart
  22.   Killing Floor
  23.   If I Weren't So Romantic, I'd Shoot You
  24.   Guitars and Women
  25.   Sailor
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Rick Derringer

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    Rewind: 1973

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    Need More Cowbell: The Countdown

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    Gruden's Groove: I Am The DJ

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    Classic Rock BBQ

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    Classic Rock

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    '70s Rock


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