Hang on Sloopy by The McCoys

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Hang on Sloopy by The McCoys

The McCoys Hang on Sloopy

Pop Rock Music

The sixties pop rock  song “Hang On Sloopy” by The McCoys has prompted some questions.  Have you ever met anyone named Sloopy? Probably. Was there a real Sloopy? Actually, yes.  Dorothy Sloop aka Dorothy Sloop Heflick was a jazz musician from Steubenville, Ohio, and she went by the nickname Sloopy. She performed as a pianist with mostly female bands in New Orleans between the 1930s and 1950s. Supposedly, she was the inspiration for the song “Hang on Sloopy” by The McCoys. Be that as it may, in 1964,  “Hang on Sloopy” went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Cashbox as well as #5 in the U.K. The song was written in 1964 by songwriters, musicians, record producers Wes Farrell and Bert Russell. The Los Angeles soul vocal group The Vibrations recorded if first in 1964. Their recording went to #10 on the R&B Chart and #26 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. There have been many covers of the song, including versions by Little Caesar and the Consuls, Ramsey Lewis Trio, The Lettermn, Rick Derringer, The Sandpipers, Jan & Dean, The Newbeats, The Ventures, The Vogues, The Beau Brummels, The Supremes, The Kingsmen,  Arron Carter, The Smashing Pumpkins, The Yardbirds, and so many more. Many a garage band had it in their repertoire. The song has gone on to become the official rock song of the state of Ohio and The Ohio State University. It is also the officle song of Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Indians.

The McCoys were a rock group, who formed in Union City, Indiana. They were Rick Derringer, Randy Zehringer, Ronnie Brandon,and  Randy Jo Hobbs. Brandon left the group in 1965 and Boibby Peterson replaced him. They were active as a group from 1962 to 1969.

Here are the lyrics to “Hang on Sloopy” by The McCoys:

Ha-ng on Sloopy, Sloopy hang on
Ha-ng on Sloopy, Sloopy hang on

Sloopy lives in a very bad part of town (eu eu eu eu)
And ev–ery-body, yeah, tries to put my Sloopy down (eu eu eu eu)
Sloopy, I don’t care what your daddy do (eu eu eu eu)
‘Cause you know Sloopy, girl, I’m in love with y-O-u (eu eu eu eu)
And so I sing OUT

Ha-ng on Sloopy, Sloopy hang on
Ha-ng on Sloopy, Sloopy hang on

Sloopy wears a red dress, yeah, as old as the hills
But when Sloopy wears that big dress, yeah, you know it gives me the chills oh oh oh (eu eu eu eu)
Sloopy, when I see you walk, walking down the str-e-et (eu eu eu eu)
I say don’t worry Sloopy girl, you belong to m-e (eu eu eu eu)
And so I sing OUT

Ha-ng on Sloopy, Sloopy hang on
Ha-ng on Sloopy, Sloopy hang on (Yeah yeah yeah yeah)

OH, YA, GIVE IT TO ME
[instrumental]

Sloopy, let your hair down, girl, let it hang down on me (eu eu eu eu)
Sloopy, let your hair down, girl, let it hang down on me yeah yeah yeah (eu eu eu eu)
Come on Sloopy (Come on, come on)
Oh, 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, YYYEEEAAAHHH (Come on, come on)

OOOOOOHHHhhhh

Ha-ng on Sloopy, Sloopy hang on (Yeah yeah yeah yeah)
Oh, Ha-ng on Sloopy, Sloopy hang on (Yeah yeah yeah yeah)
Ha-ng on Sloopy, Sloopy hang on.”

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