Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo – Rick Derringer – 1973

He’s recorded with some of the biggest acts around but the 1973 hit Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo remains Rick Derringer’s only solo Top 40 hit.

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Rick Derringer, or Richard Zehringer as his parents named him, has played with some of the big names in rock.

It all began with his band, The McCoys. That’s right, he and his brother Randy were in the band whose big hit was Hang On Sloopy! In 1966 they were the support band for The Rolling Stones’ US tour.

In the 1970s Rick recorded and toured with both Johnny Winter and his brother Edgar Winter. He recorded extensively with Steely Dan. It’s his slide guitar you can here on songs like, Show Biz Kids, and Chain Lightning.

He also appeared on Alice Cooper‘s 1971 album Killer, opened for Led Zeppelin on their last American tour and played guitar on several Todd Rundgren albums.

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Through all this time Rick has been haunted by his one and only US hit – Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo. For all he’s done in the world of rock, this song continues to define his career.

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  • Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo was written by Rick Derringer and first recorded by Johnny Winter with Rick in the background.
  • Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo was recorded by Rick as a solo version in 1973. It peaked at #23 on the US singles chart.
  • Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo is from Rick’s debut album All American Boy. He has recorded several live versions over the years.
  • Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo has been covered by Van Halen, Suzi Quatro and a number of lesser known bands.
  • Rick solo version of Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo has appeared in several films including: The Spirit of ’76, Rush, Dazed and Confused and What A Girl Wants (2003).
  • Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo lyrics.

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