Wednesday, January 25, 2006


Today in Music History:

In 1971, Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane gave birth to a daughter, naming her God, she was later re-named China.
Rick DerringerBack in 76 and 77, the world was making Peter Frampton a rich man by purchasing the Frampton Comes Alive album. You couldn't go anywhere without hearing Frampton's voicebox doohickey. Don't get me wrong it was an ok album which I owned, but while the world was flipping over Frampton I was burning up copies of Derringer Live. That is Rick Derringer of Rock and Roll Hootchie Koo fame. Or Rick Derringer of the McCoy's and Hang on Sloopy fame. However you remember him. Hootchie Koo has never been a real favorite of mine, but everything else Derringer did I ate up with a passion. I Killed two 8 tracks and two vinyl copies of Derringer Live, I played it so much. Course back then it wasn't to hard to kill an 8 track. But you get my point. Derringer's work as a solo artist, producer or even with his gigs with Johnny and Edgar Winter has been sorely overlooked. Talk about another guy who deserves HOF status. He's produced such diverse artists as Bette Midler, Kiss, Meat Loaf, Cyndi Lauper, Barbra Streisand, and Weird Al Yankovic.

Derringer is known for his hard-rocking live shows, which didn't necessarily translate well to recordings. Derringer's recorded history has been somewhat spotty, however, and his record sales never matched his favor with concert audiences. Didn't bother me, I grabbed up everything he recorded or was involved in, including Weird Al's stuff. So this track today is, amazingly, not one of his killer performances from the live album, but a mellow track from his Spring Fever album. After all one can't rock hard all the time. You need a chance to pull out your lighters for the power ballad. But seriously guys find a copy of Derringer Live and rock out.

Don't Ever Say Goodbye by Rick Derringer
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