Billboard #1 Hits: #145: ” Hang On Sloopy”- The McCoys- October 2, 1965. #1 for 1 week.
- Single: “Hang On Sloopy”- The McCoys
- Record Company-Bang
- Genre: Garage Rock
- Written by Wes Ferrell and Bert Burns
- Time: 2:57
- B-side: “I Can’t Explain It”
- Album- Hang On Sloopy
- Grade: A
- Peaked at #1 for 1 week on Billboard Hot 100. #5 on UK Singles Chart.
This song was originally called ‘My Girl Sloopy” when it was written in 1964 by Wes Ferrell and Bert Burns- and was first recorded in 1964 by the R&B group the Vibrations. It wasn’t until it got into the hands of The McCoys that it became a big hit. According to Rick Derringer who was the lead singer of The McCoys- he was Rick Zehringer back in those days- the song was written by a high school student and sold to Bert Russell aka Bert Burns. The song was written about a jazz singer from Steubenville, Ohio [home of Dean Martin, Jimmy The Greek, Edwin Stanton and Traci Lords} named Dorothy Sloop. The song quickly became a standard of the Ohio State University Marching Band and is the official rock song of the state of Ohio. The McCoys who were from Union, Indiana would go on to have a couple more Top 40 hits before breaking up in the late 60’s- and Rick Zehringer became Rick Derringer and went on to have a long career which is still going on.