Yesterday I veered gleefully off the road of High Culture into the musical gutter. So, let’s hang out down here one more day. For your pleasure I offer “Rock & Roll, Hoochie Koo”. It was written in 1970 by Rick Derringer, who is OK by me, originally for Johnny Winter. Rick’s laid down some ace recordings both on his own and with one or more Winters.
Rick Derringer’s list of collaborators includes the Winters, Steely Dan, Weird Al, and the World Wrestling Federation. I guess that makes him a Great American.
Fortunately for you, I know the definitive version of Hoochie Koo, which is on a live album called Roadwork by Edgar Winter’s White Trash. I hesitate to recommend it for general-purpose consumption because it’s screechy, undisciplined, and ultra-raw. Fine by me but not for everyone. Johnny Winter was normally not part of his brother’s band, but on this night Edger invited him up for Hoochie Koo, so that’s the only version I know that’s played by Rick and Johnny together and oh my that’s some serious rockin’.
Links · Spotify playlist. This tune on Spotify, Amazon, and iTunes (where it’s listed as “Rock and Roll, H*****e Koo”). As for live video, I guess nobody was filming that night, but here separately are Rick Derringer (with Edgar Winter) and Johnny Winter; both videos are from 1973.