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Album Review

Guitarist Rick Derringer has led a bit of a journeyman career since his band the McCoys scored a number one hit in 1965 with "Hang On, Sloopy." Derringer was only 17 at the time and soon found himself opening for the entire Rolling Stones 1966 tour. After the McCoys split, he became a successful guitar slinger, playing with both Edgar and Johnny Winter before launching a solo career and scoring a major hit with "Rock 'n' Roll Hoochie Koo." Over the years he would find himself working with everyone from Alice Cooper to Cyndi Lauper, producing tracks for Weird Al Yankovic, and composing wrestler Hulk Hogan's entrance theme. The tracks on Sony Legacy's Playlist: The Very Best of Rick Derringer are culled mostly from his '70s solo heyday with the addition of the McCoys version of "Hang On, Sloopy" and a cut or two from the early '80s. As evidenced by some of the more pop-oriented tracks here, there was a lot more to this versatile artist than he's often given credit for.

Customer Reviews

Still alive and well!!

I was glad to see this collection offered because some of my favorite RD songs like "Guitars and Women" and "I play Guitar" were previously unavailable on I-tunes (although I had to buy the whole album to get the latter). Although he didn't have a bunch of radio hit singles, most of the songs you'd expect to see are on this collection. As with any fan, there are always personal favorites that you deem superior and wish were included, but this is a good compilation representing the span of his career considered the most productive. Personally, I love the stuff he's been doing the past couple decades with the blues and gospel rock just as much. That's why he's still alive and well...and I hope will remain so for a long time to come. A great artist and even greater human being.

Biography

Born: August 5, 1947 in Celina, OH

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

It seems like Rick Derringer has been on the rock & roll scene forever — actually, it's only been since 1965, which makes him one of the more enduring veterans of his generation. Derringer's work with his band the McCoys in his midteens, highlighted by the bubblegum anthem "Hang On Sloopy," gave him a claim to low-level rock & roll immortality, and his subsequent playing with Johnny (and later Edgar) Winter provided him with...
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