Chart Position: 1

  • Written by Wes Farrell and Bert Russell as ‘My Girl Sloopy’
  • Originally recorded by Vibrations (1964)
  • Lead vocals: Rick Zehringer (Rick Derringer)
  • Backing vocals: Randy Zehringer and Randy Jo Hobbs
  • Produced by Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein and Richard Gottehrer
  • Recorded in New York City NY
  • The McCoys members were still in high school when they recorded this song
  • The rhythm track from The Strangeloves then-unreleased recording of this song is used on this record
  • In 1985 the State of Ohio General Assembly voted Hang On Sloopy the ‘official state rock song’
  • This is McCoys’ only #1 single
  • McCoys were formerly called Rick and the Raiders, but changed their name to avoid being confused with Paul Revere and the Raiders
  • McCoys are from Union City IN
  •  Cartoonist Charles M. Schulz changed the songs title to Hang On Snoopy for his Peanuts cartoon strip
  • The song’s basic riff came to define the ‘garage band’ sound and was used in many garage band songs of the era
  • Dorothy Sloop, a jazz singer and student at Ohio University, is supposedly the inspiration for this song
  • Drummer Randy Jo Hobbs died in Aug 1993
  • Rick and Randy Zehringer later became Johnny Winter’s band for several LPs
  • ‘Hang On Sloopy’ is a staple at Ohio State University sporting events as well as Cleveland Indians baseball games
  • Also recorded by Little Caesar & Consuls (1965), Yardbirds (1965), Ramsey Lewis Trio (1966), Beau Brummels (1966), Newbeats (1965), Dino, Desi & Billy (1965), Jan and Dean (1965), Dave Clark Five (1965), Fabulous Echoes (1965), Challengers (1965), Gentrys (1965), Freddy Cannon (1965), Sandy Nelson (1965), Quincy Jones & His Orchestra (1966), Vogues (1966), Eliminators (1966), Barry McGuire (1966), New Colony Six (1966), Arthur Lyman (1966), Jean King (1966), Raves (1966), Floyd Cramer (1966), Chicks (1966), Phantoms (1966), James Last (1966), Supremes (1966), Wailers (1966), Xavier Cugat & His Orchestra (1966), Ace Cannon (1966), Kingsmen (1966), Venturs (1966), Lettermen (1970), David Porter (1970), Johnny Rivers (1973), Power Pack (1969), Rick Derringer (1975), New York City (1973), Sandpipers (1976), Rod McKuen (1980), Remains (1983), Outcasts (1985), Youth in Asia (1995), Lounge Brigade (1998), Daddy Memphis (1998), Aaron Carter (2000), Lolita No. 18, Saving Jane (2006), Mystic Eyes (2001), Pedestrians (2001), Baskervilles (2007) and many others

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