“HANG ON SLOOPY”: Bill to Make it Ohio’s State Rock Song Passes 1st Hurdle
“Hang on Sloopy” is one big step closer to becoming Ohio’s official state rock and roll song. According to The Columbus Dispatch, the state House approved the measure Wednesday without opposition. The bill now heads to the Senate, where it should have an equally easy ride.
There was some razzle dazzle just before the House vote, when three dozen members of the Ohio State University Marching Band strode into the chamber, where they played the school’s fight song followed by “Hang on Sloopy,” which was made famous by The McCoys, whose hometown was Dayton, Ohio and whose lead singer Rick Derringer went onto subsequent fame as a solo artist and associate of fellow rocker Edgar Winter.