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HANG ON SLOOPY - FREE RIDE - GUITARS AND WOMAN - ROCK AND ROLL HOOCHIE KOO - FRANKENSTEIN - STILL ALIVE AND WELL
The Rick Derringer Band
Guitar great, vocalist and entertainer Rick Derringer was just 17 when his band
The McCoysTM recorded the No.1 hit "Hang On Sloopy" in the summer of 1965,
knocking "Yesterday" by The Beatles out of the top spot.The McCoys had enjoyed
four years of successful touring, when Rick merged his talents with Johnny Winter
in 1969 forming Johnny Winter And (And referring to The McCoys).
Rick was the only producer of all gold and platinum Winter Brothers recordings.
'71 Rick was featured on three records, "Johnny Winter And",
"Johnny Winter And-Live" and "Edgar Winter's White Trash".
which was also released as a single, then selected again for "And - Live".
Eventually, the busy Derringer joined Edgar Winter's White Trash full-time
and produced the gold LP, "Roadwork". Derringer's solo album,
All American Boy was released in '73 with the now already popular
"Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo", this time as a 'hit' single.
Rick was writer/producer of Johnny Winter's Still Alive and Well album and
player/producer of the hit album,They Only Come Out At Night.
The latter featured the No. 1, Grammy nominated monster hit, "Frankenstein"
and "Free Ride". In 1976 Rick created the Derringer Band.
He released four albums and in '83 returned to his solo career with the LP,
appeared on numerous albums with artists Alice Cooper, Richie Havens,
Todd Rundgren and Steely Dan. The list also includes Cyndi Lauper, Barbra
Streisand,Kiss,and hundreds of other living and past legends.
In the mid-80's,Derringer discovered Weird Al Yankovic, producing music for top
Grammy-winning albums and videos. Derringer's productions of
the Michael Jackson parodies, the No. 1 hit "Eat It", and "Who's Fat", have been
Yankovic's most successful recordings.
It was also in the90's that Rick was selected to be producer/writer/performer
of the World Wrestling Federation LP's. Hulk Hogan's theme song,
"I Am A Real American" was written and performed by Rick as a part of these projects.
Derringer was once again sought after by Edgar Winter and in 1990,
performed for the LP, Edgar Winter and Rick Derringer Live in Japan.
Then in 1999 Rick and Edgar were back together again for their collaboration
on his Winter Blues CD. Derringer also recorded four blues CD's starting
in '93 with Back To the Blues followed by Electra Blues, Blues Deluxe
and his 2000 release Jackhammer Blues. At about that same period Derringer,
who seems to be constantly in motion,released his destined-to-be-classic
Tend the Fire in Europe to rave reviews and is eagerly expected
by his loyal fans here in the US. The year 2001 was another busy one for Rick.
His venture back into Rock & Roll with Vanilla Fudge superstars
Carmine Appice and Tim Bogert produced a recording of intense synergy
D B A (for Derringer, Bogert & Appice) with vocals, writing and instrumentals
shared by all three. 2004 promised a reprise for Derringer and Appice,
with the release of D-N-A. After D B A, the next project was truly
a work from the heart and soul of Rick and his wife Brenda Jean (Jenda Hall).
Entitled Aiming 4 Heaven,it brought forth their devotion to God
and put it into song with help from their children, Lory & Martin.
We can't forget the Winter of 2002, where Rick ventured
into a whole new musical world Smooth Jazz. Interest in
Rick Derringer - Free Ride grew quickly at radio, and the
second single "Hot And Cool" (in the 'Radio and Records' top 20
for 5 months, and number 42 for the year) showed Derringer
right at home in the format. It might come as a surprise, but as he explains,
it's the kind of music he's been waiting to do his whole life.
His wife Jenda is featured as co-writer on three songs,
and arranger/singer on the title cut. Also the lyricist with
Rick on our new video " Sometimes "
It seems like almost too much story to take in at one sitting,
but the most surprising part is, after more than four decades
he's still going strong! Look for a show in your city and
experience Charlie Torres and Kenn Moutenot performing their hearts out
to Rick's rock and roll anthems coming 2015 with THE RICK DERRINGER BAND.
Photographs by Steve Amaon 2013
Charlie started his entertainment career playing bass guitar
in New York City in 1975.
He has toured the world and recorded with several artists
over the years, including
Rick Derringer. Buddy Miles . Johnny & Edgar Winter
Chuck Berry . Flava Flav . Chubby Checker . Chuck Berry
Little Richard . plus many more iconic stars over almost 40 years.
Charlie and Rick have been playing together for over 30 years.
When not on the road with Rick, Charlie can be found writing . recording .
producing music at Songhouse Studios in New Jersey creating solo music.
Plus doing other cool independent studio projects in the New York scene .
Residing in New York City , Charlie is ready for a full schedule of concert
events ahead and looking forward to continue touring in some of our
worlds most exotic places.
Charlie's original upside down lefty on a right handed guitar style
gives a special edgy show that is not to be missed. He is one of the worlds finest
entertainers and musicians which he proves to audiences each time onstage
in concert or any time in recording session. Look for his collection of original
compositions to be released here online at Song3. Born a star Charles
is always ready for action onstage supporting " The Rick Derringer Band " !
Drum Set - Vocals - Global Tour Manager
Jimi Hendrix beat and vocal master the legendary Buddy Miles
At an early age in his childhood while growing up in New Jersey,
Kenn had his heart and mind set on working with these musical geniuses and somehow living these chosen dreams .
He finally did it thanks be to God with Rick Derringer, Eumir Deodato, George "Buddy" Miles.
"These maestro's are my mentor's."
Kenn was intensely drawn into Rick's music initially because of his heartfelt vibe, groove,
and relatable lyrics plus memorable melodies on each song. Rick Derringer's productions always struck the right chord.
Kenn successfully performed and managed his own show bands throughout the 1982 - 1992 period ofr life .
Touring extensively around the United States especially in Atlantic City , Las Vegas , Catskills N.Y. & a residency in Poconos PA.
More than 2,000 shows as a Band Leader . Entertainment Director. Talent Purchaser.
Kenn then went on to manage, play drums, assist with vocals, producing, writing partner with the late and greatest
Mister George "Buddy" Miles * (Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana,Electric Flag,California Raisins
Buddy Miles, Express, etc., One of the greatest all around talents ever and his songs and film prove this fact.
May God be resting Buddy's immortal soul. With 7 amazing years touring around the world together.
As a best friend, teacher, writing partner, follower it was a daily beloved experience.
Learning from one of our planets best drummers, singers, guitarists at more than 800 concerts
during (1994 - 2000) was sure blessings that will be released soon on our subscription services in 2017.
Kenn now continues performing and managing exclusively Rick Derringer and Deodato Groups.
Touring around the globe for decades including concert events in Russia, Africa, Asia, South America
AzerbajIan, Guatemala, Indonesia, Phillippines, Europe, South America, Scandinavia, Canada., more...
Kenn has been commissioned to perform before 4 Presidents, dozens of Prime Ministers, and other dignitaries at the
World Economic Summit in Moscow & Saint Petersburg, Russia. He has shared stages produced . performed
with legends James Brown, Scorpions, Bo Diddley, Paul Simon, Elvis Costello, Earth Wind & Fire
Herbie Hancock, King Crimson, The Ramones, Johnny Winter, Edgar Winter, Phish, Billy Preston
Kansas,Willie Nelson, Mark Farner, Derek St. Holmes, Mitch Rider, Joey Molland, Pat Travers
to name a few. It has always been Kenn's work to be "aligning the stars ". Thankful to have the pleasure
of accommodating and serving these living legends daily. For more information please visit these web sites.
Please do not hesitate reaching out 24 / 7
to Kenn @ Songhouse Studios
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