Rick Derringer To Appear on David Letterman

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Rock legend, Rick Derringer, will swap guitar licks with the “World’s Most Dangerous Band” on the David Letterman Show next Tuesday, September 9.
Derringer began making his living in the music business while still a teen when he formed the McCoys with brother Randy as drummer in 1962. Their first cut, 1965’s “Hang On Sloopy” knocked The Beatles’ “Yesterday” out of the #1 slot on the national radio charts. Derringer’s next move put him in the company of brothers Johnny and Edgar Winter, for whom he produced a handful of efforts including the latter’s 1973 Gold disc They Only Come Out at Night (featuring pop nuggets “Frankenstein” and “Free Ride”). At the same time, Derringer joined Steely Dan’s rotating staff of session maestros for Countdown to Ecstasy and later Katy Lied. He even covered for Ace Frehley on Kiss classics “Larger Than Life” and “All-American Man.”
Then came 1974’s classic-rock staple “Rock ‘n’ Roll Hoochie Koo” – a monster tune that still makes its way onto airwaves across the world. In the years that followed, Derringer became one of rock’s craftiest session artists and doubled as a hit producer for the likes of Cyndi Lauper, Meat Loaf, and a host of others.
In 1984, Derringer played on “Weird Al” Yankovic’s million-selling Michael Jackson send-up “Eat It” (with Derringer doing a comical Eddie Van Halen cop), and that began a fruitful relationship that endured for the remainder of the decade.

Through the 1990’s, Derringer has recorded a string of highly-acclaimed blues releases on Shrapnel Records Blues Bureau International, including “Back To the Blues” in 1993, followed by “Electra Blues,” “Blues Deluxe” and his 2000 release “Jackhammer Blues.”
Rick’s first Christian recording is scheduled for release on REBORN RECORDS in January 2004. “The Lord has given me the opportunity to be an example for other people with problems,” says Rick. “And when people think they have situations they just can’t overcome, I can tell them from personal experience that He is THE Way. My life was a mess before I accepted the Lord. Believe me, if I can get it together, then they can too.”
Rick Derringer at GMA 2003 Week


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