January 21, 2015 – 2:12 pm

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Los Angeles 1977 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Whisky-A-Go-Go, Los Angeles, CA; February 18, 1977 (also listed as February 8, 1977). Fairly to very good FM stereo broadcast.

From the bubblegum hit, Hang On Sloopy, to performing with Edgar and Johnny Winter; Todd Rundgren and Steely Dan, as well as being a solo artiste, guitarist Rick Derringer has carved a wide swathe of rock for himself. And as if he couldn’t go more leftfield, there was Patti Smith providing the lyrics for Hold (on All American Boy, 1973).

While Rebel Rebel might be considered David Bowie’s most-covered track, here, Derringer gives the song a fresh, biting urgency that makes it stand out in the setlist.

Guitarist Danny Johnson on Rick Derringer:

Rick is probably one of the best musicians I’ve ever known as far as being able to just tear the guitar up. I’m friends with Van Halen. And Eddie Van Halen is the best Eddie Van Halen there is. But Rick is versatile. He can play like Van Halen or Johnny Winter or Rick Derringer. He can do anything. He also plays bass, piano. But what always amazed me about him, as a musician and a producer, is he can see a band. He took me to CBGB’s and introduced me to punk rock.

There’s no virtuosos in the band. The singer’s mediocre. The drummer is barely chuncking along. And he can say, ‘That’s cool.’ He can feel something when it’s primal and tell that there’s something there. He was into a lot of bands that I thought were not as good as Led Zeppelin but it turned out to be Blondie or Tom Petty or Talking Heads. These were bands that he was turning me to. The Ramones. Yeah, they played the same song for an hour but they had a certain energy. And to this day, I’m glad that he took me around that kind of stuff. It was all about attitude as opposed to how well someone can play the guitar or how perfectly they can sing.
- Gallagher, Marriott, Derringer & Trower: Their Lives And Music, by Dan Muise

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Thanks to sunvenusmoon for sharing the show at Dime.


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Track 01. Still Alive and Well 4:18 (7.2MB)
Track 02. Let Me In 2:52 (4.8MB)
Track 03. Teenage Love Affair 3:27 (5.8MB)
Track 04. Sittin’ By The Pool 4:37 (7.8MB)
Track 05. One Eyed Jack 4:53 (8.2MB)
Track 06. Sailor 4:55 (8.3MB)
Track 07. Beyond The Universe 7:10 (12.0MB)
Track 08. Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo (tape flip) 8:43 (14.6MB)
Track 09. Roll With Me 4:30 (7.6MB)
Track 10. Rebel Rebel 4:50 (8.1MB)
Track 11. Keep On Makin’ Love 4:40 (7.8MB)
Track 12. Let’s Make It 4:45 (8.0MB)
60 mins

Rick Derringer - vocals, guitar
Danny Johnson - guitar, vocals
Kenny Aaronson - bass, background vocals
Vinny Appice - drums

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  1. 32 Responses to “RICK DERRINGER - LOS ANGELES 1977”

  2. looks good, BIGO…many thanks….

    By jack bond on Jan 21, 2015

  3. Thanks for posting this Big O, Derringer could teach these current day hacks a thing or two!

    By Ernie Clark on Jan 21, 2015

  4. Great!! I loved early Derringer. Thanks, BigO!!

    By DanC on Jan 21, 2015

  5. many ppl believe (and i am with them) that the other guitarist on woke up and found myself dead.. the famous jimi hendrix jim morrison (and supposedly johnny winter) recording from 68 isnt really johnny winter but rick derringer. there is a lot of reason to believe this. and much back up to this theory. first of all.. he says so. 2nd of all winter said he wasnt there and had never played with jimi. and while u can hear a little of what sounds like winter.. winter had a lot of effect on rick’s playing and style at that time and if u listen to other recordings of rick u can hear it. he sure rubbed off on him. we know it isnt johnny on that bootleg. rick lived in nyc at the time and while it making sense isnt enough of a reason to believe its him.. there are other reasons to back up the theory.
    i dont know if anyone else knew about this or not. i have mentioned this before here but those of u who have that recording might wanna pull it out and listen closely to it. u might hear more of rick than u previously thought.
    i got his autograph on my copy back in the early 80s. ha. i got johnnys on an 8×10 i took of him outside the lone star cafe in nyc with a cowboy hat on with a two headed snake. he had his mouth open just like the snake and i happened to snap the shot at the right moment. he had just finished playing a bunch of songs with john hammond jr. so i took the shot outside the side door. i dont recall when i had him sign it but the lone star thing was around 86 or 87 i guess. maybe 85. them were the days.

    By darth on Jan 22, 2015

  6. “them were the days.”

    …when u werent boring everyone online with your twaddle.

    By barth on Jan 22, 2015

  7. 2nd of all winter said he wasnt there and had never played with jimi.

    I guess you have not heard the recording of “Things I used to Do” with jimi , johnny , dallas taylor and steve stills .you should check your resources on occasion darth you sure make a lot of mistakes.

    By sluggo on Jan 22, 2015

  8. things that I used to do..jimi hendrix and johnny winter. there`s no mistaking those sounds darth.


    By sluggo on Jan 22, 2015

  9. its also possible that the band on “woke up and found myself dead” was Eire Apparent who toured with Hendrix and shared the same management.

    also participating was none other than….. Lester Chambers.

    heres a very well researched article- http://www.thedoorsguide.com/history/1968/19680318.html

    By barth on Jan 22, 2015

  10. johnny said himself he never played with jimi. if u hear guitar sounds that sound like johnny on any recording its very likely rick derringer. johnny had a huge influence on rick. they played together and rick took a killer amount of his sound early on from johnny. he has no problem admitting this. he has said so and anyone who listens carefully to his early recordings from that period can easily hear it. plus if u ask him if the recordings that are purported to be johnny are him he will tell u. he is very approachable and has a very good memory. hes a hell of a guy and will talk to anyone who isnt insane when they meet him. in fact even screaming fans are very often welcome to approach him. he loves them all. hes very kewl. ive never seen him deny anyone a photo of or with him nor an autograph. u dont have to accept the info that johnny and jimi never played together but accept the fact at least that the jim jimi and johnny isnt johnny.. its rick. that is absolutely positively fact.

    By darth on Jan 23, 2015

  11. “johnny and jimi never played together”

    then the photo on the song on sluggo’s youtube link is wrong. that photo with jimi and johnny on stage playing together. and the audio is wrong. the audio of jimi and johnny playing together.

    “that is absolutely positively fact.”

    just like all of your other facts. the facts that were wrong. those facts.

    are u wondering why youre treated badly here?

    By barth on Jan 23, 2015

  12. I gotta admit, unless that photo is a fake, it does appear that Jimi and Johnny did play together at some point.

    Certainly wouldn’t hold it against Johnny if he thought otherwise. Given the length of his career, I’m sure there are plenty of details that slipped through the cracks.

    By mackdaddyg on Jan 23, 2015

  13. good grief don`t you ever stop being a complete jerk
    this next clip from the same session as Things that I used to do…Earth Blues..its around the 5 minute mark
    you can hear the unmistakable johnny winter sound that rick derringer has never duplicated. Johnny wasn`t on the woke up dead thing with jim morrison but he 100% did meet and jam and record with jimi. grow up darth and when you are wrong just admit it quit trying to change history to avoid ridicule. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01ajkNoGJMo

    By sluggo on Jan 23, 2015

  14. darth says..”Johnny said himself he never played with jimi.”

    bullshit show us the proof.

    By sluggo on Jan 23, 2015

  15. When Winter first arrived in New York City, he became a fixture at a club frequented by the rock elite called the Scene. One of those who would come around the club was Jimi Hendrix, who occasionally invited Winter to come down to the studio to jam a bit. “He’d tape everything and listen to it the next day,” he remembered in his biography. “I usually gave him the reins pretty much—I mostly played rhythm. But on the song we recorded, ‘The Things that I Used to Do,’ we traded off — I played slide guitar and he played regular guitar. It came out real well. I believe that was the only song that was recorded. I played with him about 10 times maybe and thought he was the best guitar player around.”


    By sluggo on Jan 23, 2015

  16. steve stills recalls…
    What about Jimi Hendrix?

    I could never get him to sit down with a good rhythm section, but one time we did out at my beach house in Malibu. We played fifteen hours straight, we didn’t stop, and I think we must have made up twenty rock ‘n roll songs. Bruce Palmer was there and Buddy Miles and me. Bruce got tired and I played bass and we had another jam too. Another one at the Speakeasy when I just sat there and played rhythm guitar. I played bass for the infamous guitar war between Johnny Winter and Jimi Hendrix. It was at Steve Paul’s place. The Scene, in New York. Aw, it was really funny. Dallas Taylor and I were just so drunk we couldn’t see. Dallas was just horrible and Jimi came over and hit me in the back with his guitar. I woke up and I was playing a half-note sharp. It fell back together after that. Johnny Winter wasn’t paying any attention at all. And he had on his mind that he was better than Jimi Hendrix. And all that shit. Hey, I made a list just messing around of all the musicians that I’d played with. It’s astounding. It blew my mind when I really started to think about it.

    By sluggo on Jan 23, 2015

  17. I rest my case.

    By sluggo on Jan 23, 2015

  18. u did a total destruction to his mind mind mind!


    By barth on Jan 24, 2015

  19. dimwit glen will never acknowledge he is wrong…he will state Johnny is wrong…stills is wrong…that photo is wrong…the recordings are wrong…sluggo is wrong…barth is wrong…

    the narcisstic resident punk will never apologize or admit it…the neanderthal doesn’t have that apologetic feeling in him…

    reread glens key word in his post…”if u hear guitar sounds that sound like johnny on any recording its very likely rick derringer.”

    “very likely”…infers to I don’t know…I’m not sure…I’m just making stuff up(as usual) because I’m a stupid troll…

    By Jerry's Finger on Jan 24, 2015

  20. you are right jerry and I honestly don`t know why I even bothered because I know he`ll do one of two things, Ignore the thread completely now that he has been proven wrong[most likely] or come back with a post full of hate and yelling and obscenities which he does quite well.

    By sluggo on Jan 24, 2015

  21. look on youtube and ull find a photo of jimi hendrix talking to johnny carson. sitting at his desk. it never happened but there is a fantastic photo of this. it is an unbelievable fake. the photo is really a composite of the dick cavett interview with a johnny carson shot superimposed somehow or photoshopped etc.
    i dont care what photos u find online or on youtube etc. yes johnny winter often went to the scene club and jimi sometimes went there too. there were times when eric and jimi went there and jammed. there is the famous jimi jim and rick event that is on that boot that i mentioned above but that has johnnys name on it and that 1000s if not millions of ppl thought was johnny for over 40 yrs. however.. the fact remains it isnt johnny and it is rick.
    now when it comes to other recordings.. im not talking about studio jams. we dont know what happened in studios and so on. but i was referring to live venues. johnny specifically said he never played anywhere at any time with jimi. he had been asked many times about this. he wasnt always out of it u know. thru out the late 70s all thru the 80s and 90s he was pretty lucid for a good deal of that period. its not like he spent 30 odd years totally wasted and totally wacked out.
    u didnt prove me wrong. u can say u did til u are fucking blue in the face. i dont care what u believe. the two people never played together live in any form whatsoever. it just did not happen. period.
    yes stills played with jimi.. but no they did not jam for hours and hours together.. thats a lie. there were 4 songs total recorded of stills and jimi. there is no more than that. not even one single note. u will not find anything other than the 4 songs they recorded together. i have 1000s of hours of jimi recordings. i am not 100% positive but i believe i am pretty damned close to having every single thing he ever recorded. i am 100% positive i have every video recording there is.
    now i dont claim i have everything he ever did memorized but when it comes to stills recordings with him it isnt that difficult to keep that in ones memory.
    i wont keep going over this.
    one interesting note… while eric and jimi jammed together probably 50-75 times or more .. there isnt a single recording of them together at all anywhere. some estimate that it may have happened over 100x. who knows.

    By darth on Jan 24, 2015

  22. blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah…

    a 3 year old has more common sense & is more intelligent than you are lying dimwit tool troll glen…

    god your mother should’ve aborted you son…!!!

    By Jerry's Finger on Jan 24, 2015

  23. its beyond pathetic. johnny winter and stephan stills both lied about playing with jimi hendrix…


    By barth on Jan 24, 2015

  24. http://www.johnnywinter.com/jimi-hendrix-and-johnny/

    By Je Suis Darth on Jan 24, 2015

  25. good grief what a pathetic pot stirring moron you are glen.

    By sluggo on Jan 24, 2015

  26. Darth if you cant hear the difference bewtween Johnny`s style and Rick Derringer you need to find another hobby because your musical integrity just bottomed out. Sluggo is dead on and you aren`t mature enough to admit it.

    By dropkick sarge on Jan 24, 2015

  27. now when it comes to other recordings.. im not talking about studio jams. we dont know what happened in studios and so on. but i was referring to live venues.

    once again you lie you never said this in your original post. Je suis darth posted a link right from Johnny`s site telling about jamming with jimi you gonna deny that one too ?

    By dropkick sarge on Jan 24, 2015

  28. There will be no whitewash in my postings.

    By Richard M Darthgate on Jan 25, 2015

  29. @Richard M Darthgate.
    Mr President Sir, I salute You
    A true American
    (I understand you may have a few good soundboards to share)

    By Je Suis Darth on Jan 25, 2015

  30. @ Je Suis Darth;
    Indeed, JSD, I have many excellent recordings, best characterized as “close-miked”, for that “in-the-room” quality.

    Unfortunately, some of the performers involved are understandably reluctant to give permission for circulation.
    If I should try to leak any of the recordings, they have very powerful friends who can make honest bootleggers such as myself disappear overnight.

    Maybe I could tell them it was a certain Mr Frohman who did it? They could make him disappear. Win-win, I

    By Richard M Darthgate on Jan 25, 2015

  31. ^LOL…to funny…

    even glen to this day says “I’m not a crook…”

    By Jerry's Finger on Jan 25, 2015

  32. He is much more than a mere crook, he is a [EXPLETIVE DELETED]-stirrer and a lying [EXPLETIVE DELETED] who deserves to have a large plastic [EXPLETIVE DELETED] inserted into his [EXPLETIVE DELETED].

    Using my methods to gather information from the film industry, I have also heard that the producers of the James Bond franchise are commissioning a “re-imagining” of a Bond story.
    The hero will be based on Darth - it’s to be called “Shitraker”.

    The Russians make illegal bootleg videos of various musicians, intending to flood the market and destroy the western economy. It’s up to 007 (IQ rating) James Darth to stop them.
    Unfortunately, he refuses to pay shipping costs to send the items to the Musicians’ Union, and the chase is on, as the KGB want to retrieve their property, and the CIA want the videos for this year’s Christmas party…..who can save 007 from a fate worse than Darth?

    By Richard M Darthgate on Jan 25, 2015

  33. darth got owned !

    By gold medal on Jan 26, 2015

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