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Rick Derringer – Hoochie Koo!

When Rick Derringer was just 17, his band, The McCoys, recorded the No. 1 hit “Hang On Sloopy” and in the summer of 1965 managed to knock “Yesterday” by The Beatles off the top spot on the charts. In 1969, after four years of touring with the McCoys, Rick merged his talents with Johnny Winter forming Johnny Winter And (“And” referred to The McCoys). Rick went on to produce Johnny’s “Still Alive and Well” album and played and produced Winter’s hit album “They Only Come Out At Night,” featuring “Free Ride,” and the Grammy-nominated hit “Frankenstein.” Since then, he’s worked with Alice Cooper, Richie Havens, Todd Rundgren, Steely Dan, Cyndi Lauper, Barbra Streisand, Kiss, Mason Ruffner, Madam X and Weird Al Yankovich. Derringer went on to produce Grammy-winning albums and videos for Yankovich, including the Michael Jackson parodies, “Who’s Fat,” and the No. 1 hit “Eat It,” Yankovic’s most successful recordings. Nearly 50 years after he got his start, Derringer is still deserving of the title “guitar great” that he earned over one of music’s most illustrious and enduring careers.

Rick Derringer

Fri. Sept. 7 Doors at 7; show at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $25, $30 and $35

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Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.