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mar 4th
Z's School of Hard Rocks - Lesson 6 - Rick Derringer
Z’S SCHOOL OF HARD ROCKS
LESSON 6 - Rick Derringer   

IT WAS 1965 WHEN A 17-YEAR-OLD KID NAMED RICHARD ZEHRINGER FORMED A BAND CALLED THE MC-COYS AND THEY HAD A HIT SONG CALLED “HANG ON SLOOPY” -- A SONG THAT WAS SO BIG IN THE SUMMER OF 1965 THAT ONLY THE BEATLES’ “YESTERDAY” KNOCKED IT OUT OF THE TOP SPOT.
     HOW GOOD WERE THE MC-COYS? GOOD ENOUGH THAT THEY OPENED FOR THE ROLLING STONES ENTIRE 1966 AMERICAN TOUR.
     RICHARD WENT ON TO PLAY GUITAR FOR JOHNNY WINTER AND  EDGAR WINTER. HE’S ON ALICE COOPER’S KILLER ALBUM. HE OPENED FOR LED ZEPPLIN AND HE PERFORMED MANY OF THE WORLD WRESTLING FEDERATION SONGS INCLUDING “REAL AMERICAN” WHICH WAS HULK HOGAN’S THEME SONG.
     HE APPEARED ON A KISS ALBUM, TOURED WITH CYNDI LAUPER AND IN 2011 HE TOURED WITH RINGO STARR’S ALL-STAR BAND.
     EARLY IN HIS CAREER HIS BAND WENT THROUGH A FEW NAME CHANGES THAT INCLUDED  “THE RICK Z COMBO” AND “RICK AND THE RAIDERS”. BUT RICHARD ZEHRINGER CHANGED HIS NAME FOR GOOD WHEN A RECORD COMPANY KNOWN AS

BANG RECORDS SIGNED THE MC-COYS AND ISSUED ‘HANG ON SLOOPY’. YOU SEE, THE BANG RECORDS LOGO WAS -  A  DERRINGER.
    
AND THAT IS THIS WEEK’S ROCK AND ROLL HOOCHIE KOO LESSON  FROM Z’S SCHOOL OF ROCKS.