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“Hang On Sloopy” is a classic rock song originally performed by The McCoys, an American rock band. Released in 1965, the song quickly became a hit and remains a popular rock anthem to this day. Here’s some information about this iconic track:

  1. Background: “Hang On Sloopy” was written by Wes Farrell and Bert Russell Berns, originally under the title “My Girl Sloopy.” The song was inspired by a jazz instrumental called “My Girl Sloopy” by the Vibrations. The McCoys, a rock band from Indiana, recorded the song and released it as a single.
  2. Chart Success: The song climbed the charts and reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in October 1965. It also achieved international success and is considered one of the signature songs of the mid-60s garage rock era.
  3. Signature Sound: “Hang On Sloopy” is known for its catchy melody, distinctive guitar riff, and energetic vocal delivery. It captures the essence of the mid-60s rock sound and is characterized by its upbeat, feel-good vibe.
  4. Ohio’s State Rock Song: In 1985, the Ohio General Assembly officially declared “Hang On Sloopy” as the official rock song of the state of Ohio. The song’s popularity in Ohio, particularly at Ohio State University football games, contributed to this recognition.
  5. Cover Versions: Over the years, many artists and bands have covered “Hang On Sloopy,” adding their unique interpretations to the song. Notable renditions include those by The Ramsey Lewis Trio, The Lettermen, and The Grateful Dead.
  6. Legacy: “Hang On Sloopy” continues to be a favorite at sporting events, particularly in Ohio, where it is often chanted and sung by fans. Its enduring popularity and catchy, upbeat nature have solidified its status as a timeless rock and roll classic.

The McCoys’ “Hang On Sloopy” remains a beloved piece of rock music history, celebrated for its catchy tune and the joy it brings to listeners even decades after its original release.

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Lyrics

“Hang On Sloopy”
(originally by The Vibrations)

Hang on, Sloopy
Sloopy, hang on
Hang on, Sloopy
Sloopy, hang on

Sloopy lives in a very bad part of town (Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh)
And everybody, yeah, tries to put my Sloopy down (Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh)
Sloopy, I don’t care what your daddy do (Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh)
‘Cause you know, Sloopy, girl, I’m in love with you (Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh)
And so I sing out

Hang on, Sloopy
Sloopy, hang on
Hang on, Sloopy
Sloopy, hang on
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Give it to ’em, yeah

Sloopy, let your hair down, girl
Let it hang down on me (Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh)
Sloopy, let your hair down, girl
Let it hang down on me, yeah, yeah (Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh)

Come on, Sloopy (Come on, come on)
Well, come on, Sloopy (Come on, come on)
Well, come on, Sloopy (Come on, come on)
Well, come on, Sloopy (Come on, come on)
Well, it feels so good (Come on, come on)
You know, it feels so good (Come on, come on)
Well, shake it, shake it, shake it, Sloopy (Come on, come on)
Well, shake it, shake it, shake it, yeah (Come on, come on)
Ohhhhhhhh

Hang on, Sloopy
Sloopy, hang on
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Hang on, Sloopy
Sloopy, hang on
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Hang on, Sloopy
Sloopy, hang on

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