Rick Derringer – Blues All Night Long – Album: Back to the Blues (1993)
Rick Derringer is an American guitarist, vocalist, and entertainer. Born August 5, 1947, Fort Recovery.
When he was seventeen years old, his band The McCoys recorded “Hang on Sloopy” in the summer of 1965, which became the number one song in America, before “Yesterday” by The Beatles knocked it out of the top spot. The song was issued by Bang Records.
He adopted the Derringer stage name which was inspired by the Bang Records logo which featured a derringer pistol.
After starting The McCoys, Rick changed the band’s name to “The Rick Z Combo”, and then “Rick and the Raiders”. After recording “Hang On Sloopy”, it was decided that the original name was best, and The McCoys were reborn.
One of the first opportunities for everyone to see them play ‘live’ came when they opened for The Rolling Stones on the entire 1966 American Tour.
Derringer also recorded and played with a version of Johnny Winter’s band called “Johnny Winter And …” and both Edgar Winter’s White Trash and The Edgar Winter Group.
Derringer also had a successful solo career, and his solo version of “Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo” was a hit single. He also recorded extensively with Steely Dan, playing slide guitar on songs such as “Show Biz Kids” and “Chain Lightning”.
Derringer appeared on Alice Cooper’s Killer album in 1971, playing the solo on “Under My Wheels.”
Derringer opened for Led Zeppelin on their last American tour.
Derringer was also a featured guitarist on several Todd Rundgren albums in the 1970s, including Something/Anything? (1972), A Wizard, a True Star (1973), Initiation (1975) and the live album Back to the Bars (1978).
Rick Derringer – McCoys – Hang On Sloopy