Born in Fort Recovery, Ohio on August 5, 1947, Rick Derringer (legally from “Zehringer” in 2007) is a renowned, well-accredited guitarist, vocalist and Grammy-awarded producer with a resume chock full of studio, live and compilation albums (Discography link), collaborating and contributing to other famous artists’ works, as well. Many, like myself, will first cite the popular, classic rock track “Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo” from his “All American Boy” album in 1973.
The song was originally introduced in Derringer’s former band “Johnny Winter And” with members Johnny Winter and Derringer’s brother Randy (“Randy Z”) as well as members from “The McCoys” known for their Billboard Hot 100 chart #1 hit in 1965, “Hang On Sloopy.” Rick and his brother Randy played with, and later backed, Johnny and Edgar Winters from 1970-1976 (sought by Edgar Winter in 1990 and 1999).
In 1984 the three were part of a short lived band named “Fire Inc..” Note: Weinberg is known for his former membership with “Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band,” later the “Max Weinberg Seven” band leader on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” in 1993. Roy Bittan was also a former E-Street Band member that played with Derringer on the Bonnie Tyler hit, then in Fire Inc.. He is an American keyboardist having worked with Bob Seger, Jon Bon Jovi, the late David Bowie, Celine Dion, near exclusively responsible for the piano work on Meat Loaf’s 1977 “Bat Out Of Hell.”
Rick Derringer produced, wrote and performed Hulk Hogan‘s theme song “Real American” on “The Wrestling Album” in 1985.
He also worked with Weird Al” Yankovic on notably colorful tracks like 1984’s “Eat It” song, doing a parody of the Eddie Van Halen guitar solo.
Between 1986–1992 Derringer toured with Cyndi Lauper after co-writing and providing back-up vocals in the song “Calm Inside The Storm” on her “True Colors” album. His song “Rock and Roll Hoochie-Koo” would be used in the 1993 film “Dazed And Confused.” In 1997 the rock album “Tend The Fire” came out across Europe, followed up with a German release in 2001 collaborating with Tim Bogert and Carmine Appice called “Doin’ Business As…” Up to the year 2000 Derringer recorded four blues CDs “Back to the Blues,”” Electra Blues,”“Blues Deluxe” and “Jackhammer Blues.” 2002 brought “Free Ride Smooth Jazz” with his singer-songwriter Wife Jenda Derringer Hall’s writing of the Top Twenty song “Hot & Cool” debuting at #16. He was featured in Les Paul’s 2005 album on the song “Good Morning, Little Schoolgirl.”
Another humorous production occurred in 2006 with a “Fidelity Investments” television commercial made with Rick, himself, performing the “Rock And Roll Hoochie-Koo” song.
“Aiming For Heaven,” and later “We Live,” with his wife Jenda, son Marn and daughter Lory in fall of 2008, musically marked the gospel advent. The lyrics to “Rock And Roll Hoochie-Koo” were rewritten by Jenda Derrenger to “Read the Word Live It Too” to honor the God of the Bible.
A 2010-2011 tour took place in Ringo Star‘s 11th “All-Starr Band,” including Edgar Winter, Gary Wright, Richard Page, Gregg Bissonette and Wally Palmar.