Young guitar great, vocalist and entertainer Rick Derringer was just 17 when his band The McCoys recorded the No.1 hit "Hang On Sloopy" in the summer of 1965, knocking "Yesterday" by The Beatles out of the top spot. The McCoys had enjoyed four years of successful touring, when Rick merged his talents with Johnny Winter in 1969 forming Johnny Winter And (And referring to the McCoys).
Rick was the only producer of all gold and platinum Winter Brothers recordings. In 1971 Rick was featured on three records, "Johnny Winter And", "Johnny Winter And-Live" and "Edgar Winter's White Trash." Derringer's solo album, “All American Boy,” was released in 1973 with the popular "Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo," a hit single.
Rick was writer/producer of Johnny Winter's “Still Alive” and “Well” album and player/producer of the hit album, “They Only Come Out At Night.” The latter featured the No. 1, Grammy-nominated monster hits "Frankenstein" and "Free Ride."
Throughout the '70s and '80s, Derringer appeared on numerous albums with artists Alice Cooper, Richie Havens, Todd Rundgren and Steely Dan. The list also includes Cyndi Lauper, Barbra Streisand, Kiss, Mason Ruffner and Madam X. In the mid-1980s, Derringer discovered Weird Al Yankovic, producing music for Grammy-winning albums and videos. Derringer's productions of the Michael Jackson parodies "Eat It" and "Who's Fat" have been Yankovic's most successful recordings.
It was also in the 1990s that Rick was selected to be producer/writer/performer of the World Wrestling Federation LPs. Hulk Hogan's theme song, "I Am A Real American," was written and performed by Derringer.
Derringer also recorded four blues CDs starting in '93. Another project was a work from the heart and soul of Rick and his wife Brenda Jean (Jenda Hall). “Aiming 4 Heaven” brought forth their devotion to God and put it into song with help from their children. That project opened the doors for a worldwide release on Reborn Records. By the winter of 2002, Derringer ventured into another musical world, smooth jazz, with the hit single "Hot And Cool."
And after more than four decades of mastering many styles of music, Derringer is still going strong!