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’.

Rick Derringer, Johnny Winter

Rick Der­ringer and John­ny Win­ter, from the back cov­er of Road­work.

This is the 109th in the Song of the Day se­ries (back­ground).

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.


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From: Guy Middleton (Apr 19 2018, at 11:28)

There is an excellent version of this by Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Edgar Winter on the Les Paul tribute album "American Made World Played".


From: Tim (but not THE Tim) (Apr 21 2018, at 15:24)

I thought they played it together on "Johnny Winter And Live" ? I have the album, and Rick Derringer played in the band, but there's no definitive listing of who played on each song


From: m@ (Apr 22 2018, at 21:17)

Don't forget: Rick started out as the lead singer/guitarist for The McCoys. (That was him on "Hang On Sloopy.") I grew up with their rocking cover of "C'mon Let's Go," and upon encountering Ritchie Valens' original years later, thought it sounded a little tame in comparison.


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