Tuesday, February 05, 2008


Pretty much everybody who knows me knows how much I love the song "Hang on, Sloopy" by the McCoys -- and to those of you in a position (so to speak) to make me a grandfather, the offer still stands, I'll pay to send any granddaughter of mine named Sloopy to college for four years.
I keep learning more about this song. Awhile back I downloaded it from I-Tunes, and I was surprised to hear a verse I'd never heard before -- a second verse that was evidently cut from the single version. It goes like this:
Sloopy wears a red dress, yeah
As old as the hills
but when Sloopy wears that red dress, yeah
you know it gives me the chills

Sloopy when I see you walking,
walking down the street
I say don't worry Sloopy, girl
You belong to me

and so I sing out

Hang on Sloopy . . .

Now thanks to my friend Wendy and her musically-mesmerizing blog "I Estivate, Therefore I am" I've learned something else about the McCoys'big hit. It is the official state rock song of Ohio. How cool is that?
You can read all about it here, but this is is the resolution that made it so:


WHEREAS, The members of the 116th General Assembly of Ohio wish to
recognize the rock song "Hang On Sloopy" as the official rock song of the great State of Ohio; and

WHEREAS, In 1965, an Ohio-based rock group known as the McCoys reached the top of the national record charts with "Hang On Sloopy," composed by Bert Russell and Wes Farrell, and that same year, John Tagenhorst, then an arranger for the Ohio State University Marching Band, created the band's now-famous arrangement of "Sloopy," first performed at the Ohio State-Illinois football game on October 9, 1965; and

WHEREAS, Rock music has become an integral part of American culture, having attained a degree of acceptance no one would have thought possible twenty years ago; and

WHEREAS, Adoption of "Hang On Sloopy" as the official rock song of Ohio is in no way intended to supplant "Beautiful Ohio" as the official state song, but would serve as a companion piece to that old chestnut; and

WHEREAS, If fans of jazz, country-and-western, classical, Hawaiian and polka music think those styles also should be recognized by the state, then by golly, they can push their own resolution just like we're doing; and

WHEREAS, "Hang On Sloopy" is of particular relevance to members of the Baby Boom Generation, who were once dismissed as a bunch of long-haired, crazy kids, but who now are old enough and vote in sufficient numbers to be taken quite seriously; and

WHEREAS, Adoption of this resolution will not take too long, cost the state anything, or affect the quality of life in this state to any appreciable degree, and if we in the legislature just go ahead and pass the darn thing, we can get on with more important stuff; and

WHEREAS, Sloopy lives in a very bad part of town, and everybody, yeah, tries to put my Sloopy down; and

WHEREAS, Sloopy, I don't care what your daddy do, 'cause you know, Sloopy girl, I'm in love with you; therefore be it Resolved, That we, the members of the 116th General Assembly of Ohio, in adopting this Resolution, name "Hang On Sloopy" as the official rock song of the State of Ohio; and be it further Resolved, That the Legislative Clerk of the House of Representatives transmit duly authenticated copies of this Resolution to the news media of Ohio.

1 comment:

wendy said...

Hey, thanks for the link, Robert! Any progress on the grandchild front, what with the added knowledge that the song has such a vaunted pedigree?

Isn't that resolution a hoot? I'd forgotten all about it, though I was around when it happened. Our legislature had a much better sense of humor (this was before the evil term limits) than it does now.