Vintage Video: Celebrating 70 Years of Rick Derringer

by VVN Music

The great guitarist Rick Derringer turns 70 this year (August 5) and, to salute him, we have a couple of pieces of Vintage Video.

Derringer started his first band in 1965 at the age of 17, originally called The Rick Z Combo (his given name is Rick Zehrlinger) and later change to Rick and the Raiders.

During that summer, Derringer went into the studio to record a vocal for the song Hang on Sloopy over an instrumental bed already recorded by the Strangeloves. The Strangeloves, who already had a hit with I Like Candy, were going to record the song as the followup single but received word that the Dave Clark Five were going to put it out as a single. Instead, they added Derringer's vocals, changed his group's name to The McCoys, and released the track which went to number 1.

In total, the McCoys charted nine singles but only one, Fever (1965 / #7) came even close to Sloopy's performance.

During the 70's, Derringer played with both Johnny and Edgar Winter and, in 1973, released his debut album All-American Boy which included which included his version of the song Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo which Rick had written and had originally been recorded by Johnny Winter in 1970.

Overall, Derringer has recorded fourteen studio albums as Rick Derringer and three with his band Derringer.

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