Richard Zehringer, 5 August 1947, Fort Recovery, Ohio, USA. Originally a member of the chart-topping McCoys (Hang On Sloopy), Derringer went on to produce two of their later albums, paving the way for his new career. Along with his brother Randy, Rick formed the nucleus of Johnny Winters backing group. After producing four of Winters albums, he joined the Edgar Winter Group and produced their bestselling 1972 album, They Only Come Out At Night. Meanwhile, Derringer recorded his first solo album, 1973s heavy metal-tinged All American Boy. Vinnie Appice (later of Black Sabbath) joined in 1976. Appice, plus band colleagues Danny Johnson (guitar) and Kenny Aaronson (bass), eventually departed to form Axis after the release of Derringer Live in 1977.
After several albums under the band name Derringer, Rick reverted to solo billing and appeared as guest guitarist on albums by Steely Dan (he had been the subject of...
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