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Rick Derringer

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Young guitar great, vocalist and entertainer Rick Derringer was just 17 when his band The McCoys recorded the No.1 hit “Hang On Sloopy” in the summer of 1965, knocking “Yesterday” by The Beatles out of the top spot.

“The McCoys” had enjoyed four years of successful touring, when Rick merged his talents with Johnny Winter in 1969 forming “Johnny Winter And” (“And” referring to “The McCoys”).

Rick was the only producer of all gold and platinum Winter Brothers recordings.

In ‘71 Rick was featured on three records, “Johnny Winter And”, “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’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.

Rick was writer/producer of Johnny Winter’s “Still Alive and Well” album and was player/producer of the Edgar Winter Group’s 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 the Derringer Band. He released four albums and in ‘83 returned to his solo career with the LP, “Good Dirty Fun”.

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