Rick Derringer first gained notoriety as the guitarist with the McCoys, a group best known for "Hang On Sloopy" in the mid '60s. It was the 16th alternate version of "Louie, Louie" to make the charts. After working first with Johnny, then Edgar Winter, guitarist, producer, writer, singer Derringer struck out on his own. While he started working solo in '73 it wasn't until '76 that he took a song he originally wrote for Johnny Winter and made something of it. "Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo" first appeared on the "Johnny Winter And" album in '70. Taking it back "Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo" quickly became Derringer's signature song.
While never hugely popular, Derringer served as a bridge between garage Rock and the full-on '70s guitar. His work as a member of the Edgar Winter Group/White Trash and as a solo, helped define that sound.
His brief tenure with the McCoys aside, Rick Derringer rose to prominence working with Johnny and Edgar Winter. For Johnny, Derringer produced and played on Winter's first and best comeback album "Still Alive and Well." He produced and played guitar on "Edgar Winter's White Trash." Merging Rock, Funk, Soul and Blues, it is Edgar's best effort. Derringer also contributed to the lesser follow-up, "They Only Come Out At Night," which had two Rock classics: "Free Ride" and "Frankenstein."
"All American Boy" has "Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo." While the song is a classic, the album isn't. Best to pick up "Hoochie Coo" on a compilation. Don't bother with Derringer's other albums. They are dispirited adventures that prove Derringer's strength is as a sideman not a frontman.