Rick Derringer (born Richard Zehringer, August 5, 1947)
A few days ago, during a phone call with my good friend RetroKimmer, I brought up the name Rick Derringer.
Kimmer, by the way, is a well known blogger in the Detroit area (and, it appears, in The World these days!)—You Go Girl!!!
Although she agreed with me that Rick is a great musician, she wondered what he had done besides “Rock ‘n Roll Hoochie Coo.”
I brought up his (other) work with the Winter brothers, like his part in “Johnny Winter And…”
His work with Edgar Winter:
and the fact that he, along with Edgar Winter
had been a major part of the 2010 version of Ringo Star’s All Star Band.
NOT TO MENTION HIS SOLO WORK:
Kim was only minimally impressed; until I mentioned The McCoys and “Hang on Sloopy”
“That was him!?!” Kim asked.
When I assured her that Rick Derringer was, indeed, the founder and writer and lead guitar and vocalist for the McCoys, she insisted that I write about him. Well, if this was news to Detroit’s RetroKimmer, it might just be news to a lot of folks, But, a short story about Rick Derringer is kinda tough. You can Google Rick and find tons of info about this remarkable musician! (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rick_Derringer , for example)
BTW: This was a cover of the Vibrations tune
"My Girl Sloopy"