"Rick Derringer" (born Richard Zehringer, 5 August, 1947, in Fort Recovery, Ohio) is an American guitarist, vocalist, and entertainer.
When he was just 17, his band The McCoys recorded "Hang On Sloopy" in the summer of 1965, which became the number one song in America before "Yesterday" by The Beatles knocked it out of the top spot.
Derringer also recorded and played with the Johnny Winter Band and The Edgar Winter Group. Derringer also had a successful solo career, and his solo version of "Rock 'n Roll Hoochie Koo" was a hit single.
Derringer also performed a track for the World Wrestling Federation on its ''The Wrestling Album''. "Real American" would later be used as Hulk Hogan's entrance music. "Real American" is one of Derringer's most remembered songs, owing partly to the fact that it is still used today for Hogan. Originally dedicated to Mike Rotundo and Barry Windham, the song was given to Hulk Hogan early in 1986, and was synonymous with Hogan from through the rest of his first WWF run. During Hogan's hiatus from the WWF/E, "American" was used by Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco.