Interviews & Features

Rick Derringer Keeps On Rockin’

Guitar legend tells the stories behind “Rock & Roll Hoochie Koo” and the gigs with the Winter brothers, plus a heads up on what’s to come

August 23, 2016

Rick Derringer is a true rock & roll icon. In 1965, when he was just 17, his band, the McCoys, recorded their number 1 hit, “Hang On Sloopy.” While he is well known for his long associations with Johnny Winter and Edgar Winter, having produced many of the brothers’ gold and platinum albums, Derringer is perhaps best known for writing and recording the mega hit “Rock & Roll Hoochie Koo.”

In addition to his acclaimed solo career and work with the Winter brothers, Derringer has appeared on numerous recordings with Alice Cooper, Richie Havens, Todd Rundgren, Steely Dan, Cyndi Lauper, Barbra Streisand, KISS and many others. He also produced much of the music for song parody artist Weird Al Yankovic, including “Eat It” and “Who’s Fat.”

FGPO’s Jon Liebman caught up with Rick at the 2016 summer NAMM show in Nashville.

Rick Derringer plays Warrior guitars

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Comments

  1. William Wood says:

    Great Great Great! Jon that interview was so good.I enjoyed it so much.
    I go back to the Hang on Sloopy days.I ‘ve been a fan of his since then.I’ve always loved Hoochie Koochie Man.He is something else.
    Thank you for bringing us great interviews.