Rick Derringer (Rick Zehringer) is an American guitarist, vocalist, and entertainer born at Fort Recovery, Ohio. When he was just 17, his band "The McCoys" recorded the No. 1 hit "Hang On Sloopy" in the summer of 1965, knocking "Yesterday" by The Beatles out of the top spot.
Derringer also recorded and played on a studio album and a live album with Johnny Winter in the Johnny Winter Band, and also with Edgar Winter in the mid-1970s after guitarist Ronnie Montrose left the Edgar Winter Band. One of his best solos can be found on "Tobacco Road" from the Edgar Winter live album Roadwork. Derringer also had a successful solo career, and his solo version of "Rock 'n Roll Hoochie Koo" was a hit single.
In the 1980s, Derringer expanded his producing skills, discovering "Weird Al" Yankovic as well as Mason Ruffner.
Derringer has played various styles of music and is a master of the electric guitar. Recent releases include Tend The Fire (1997), DBA-Derringer, Bogert & Appice (2001) and Free Ride Smooth Jazz (2002). He also guested on Mambo Sons debut CD (1999) and Damon Fowler's Riverview Drive (2000).This article is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Rick_Derringer&action=edit).
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He also guested on
Mambo Sons debut CD (1999) and Damon Fowler's Riverview Drive (2000). Electric Light Orchestra, Part
Derringer also had a successful solo career, and his solo version of "Rock 'n Roll Hoochie Koo" was a hit
single. Time (1981). One of his best solos can be found on "Tobacco Road" from the Edgar Winter live album
Roadwork. ELO's Greatest Hits (1979)
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Electric Light Orchestra (1971). It appeared in a commercial for the Volkswagen Beetle Convertible, was used in the trailers for the films Adaptation and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and is the theme song of the television series, LAX, and the NBC remake of the hit BBC comedy The Office. Blue Sky" enjoyed a resurgence. In 2003 and 2004, ELO's song "Mr.
Zoom was made after Lynne had collaborated with The Traveling Wilburys and took on a more organic sound, with less emphasis on electronic effects. Guest musicians included former Beatles Ringo Starr and George Harrison. Former ELO member Richard Tandy rejoined the band a short time afterwards for a tour that was unfortunately cut short due to poor ticket sales. Jeff Lynne's comeback with ELO started in 2001 when he reformed the band with completely new members and released the album Zoom. In the late 1990s, Bev Bevan departed ELO Part 2, but members continued on under the name The Orchestra.
The quality of music produced by Part II, compared with the original ELO, is a bone of contention amongst fans, many concluding that without Jeff Lynne at the helm it's not ELO. A second album, Moment Of Truth, was released in 1994. With Lynne's agreement, another version of the band (without him) was formed in 1990 by drummer Bev Bevan, when "Electric Light Orchestra, Part II" was put together, releasing an album that went straight to the bargain bins. In 1986, ELO, now a three piece band, released their final album, Balance Of Power, which was all synths and no strings, before going their separate ways.
Shortly after this album Kelly Groucutt was dismissed from the band; he subsequently sued the band for royalty fees. It has been reported that Jeff Lynne is embarrassed by this song, hence its unavailability. Some of the songs that didn't survive the hatchet job cropped up as single b-sides and on later box sets; however, the tribute song "Beatles Forever" is still unavailable. Secret Messages was originally recorded as a double album; however, the record company had different ideas citing that it'd be too expensive.
Secret Messages was released in 1983, with a guest appearance by former ELO violinist Mik Kaminski on the track "Rock 'n' Roll Is King"; this was the only hit single taken from this album. Following this their popularity began to wane. In 1981, ELO's sound changed again, moving away from disco and into the 1980s, with the album Time (single: "Hold On Tight") on which synthesizers replaced classical strings. Billboard top 40 chart.
The movie bombed but the soundtrack did very well, with hit singles from both Newton-John ("Magic", #1 in the U.S.) and ELO ("I'm Alive" and "All Over the World") as well as the title track to the movie, performed by Newton-John with ELO which reached #1 in the UK's single charts and #6 on the U.S. Soon after, ELO was enlisted to provide half of the soundtrack for the musical film Xanadu, the other half provided by Olivia Newton-John, who starred in the movie along with Gene Kelly. Not long after this album, the violinist Mik Kaminski and the two cellists Hugh McDowell and Melvyn Gale were considered surplus to requirements and were dismissed. The album generated their biggest hit "Don't Bring Me Down" (which also was their only single not to feature any strings), along with "Shine A Little Love" (sampled in 2005 by Lovefreekz) and "Last Train To London" (sampled in 2003 by Atomic Kitten on their hit "Be With You").
In 1979, Lynne set out to capitalize on the growing popularity of disco with the album Discovery (or "Disco very" as he has been quoted). The band then set out on a world tour, with an enormous (and hugely expensive) space ship set in tow. Blue Sky". That was followed by the double album Out Of The Blue, featuring the singles "Turn To Stone", "Sweet Talkin' Woman" and "Mr.
The multi-platinum album A New World Record was released in 1976 (with "Livin' Thing", a re-release of The Move's "Do Ya", and "Telephone Line"). In 1975, bassist and vocalist Kelly Groucutt joined, and Face The Music was released, from which the major singles were "Evil Woman" and "Strange Magic", marking a shift to a more "radio friendly" sound. Top 40 hit with "I Can't Get It Out Of My Head". They also released On The Third Day in 1973, and Eldorado in 1974, scoring another U.S.
Top 40 hit, "Roll Over Beethoven". The band went through a lineup change (as Wood took some musicians with him to form Wizzard), including a new keyboardist, Richard Tandy, and released ELO II in 1973, from which came their first U.S.  (http://snopes.com/music/hidden/noanswer.asp). Roy Wood left ELO shortly after the release of their eponymously-titled first album (which produced the UK hit "10538 Overture") and Jeff Lynne stepped up to lead the band (the first album was released with the mistaken title of No Answer in the USA, due to a mix-up with a telephone message).
The band, formed by Jeff Lynne (of The Idle Race) along with Roy Wood and Bev Bevan (the remaining members of the Move) in 1971, used cellos and violins to give their music a "classical" sound. Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) was a successful Birmingham rock music group of the 1970s and 1980s. "Calling America" (#18). "Rock and Roll is King" (#19).
"Four Little Diamonds" (#86). "Hold On Tight" (#10). "Twilight" (#38). "Xanadu" (#8).
"I'm Alive" (#16). "All Over the World" (#13). "Don't Bring Me Down" (#4). "Last Train to London" (#39).
"Confusion" (#37). "Shine a Little Love" (#8). Blue Sky" (#35). "Mr.
"Sweet Talkin' Woman" (#17). "It's Over" (#75). "Turn to Stone" (#13). "Do Ya" (#24).
"Livin' Thing" (#4). "Telephone Line" (#7). "Strange Magic" (#14). "Evil Woman" (#10).
"Can't Get It Out Of My Head" (#9). "Daybreaker" (#87). "Showdown" (#59). "Roll Over Beethoven" (#72).
Trevor Smith cello. Steve Woolam violin. Roy Wood guitars, cello, clarinet, bassoon, oboe, vocals. Colin Walker cello.
Richard Tandy keyboards. Rick Price bass guitar, vocals. Hugh McDowell cello. Jeff Lynne guitars keyboards, vocals.
Mik Kaminski violin. Bill Hunt French horn. Kelly Groucutt bass guitar, vocals. Wilfred Gibson violin.
Melvyn Gale cello. Mike Edwards cello. Bev Bevan percussion, vocals. Michael d'Albuquerque bass guitar, vocals.