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How Sloopy Became a Buckeye. Sloopy’s Happy 50th.

Origin of an Anthem. Happy 50th, Sloopy!

Over the last 50 years, “Hang On Sloopy” has become synonymous with Ohio State.

Best Damn Band in the Land (BDBITL) plays "Hang On Sloopy"

While “Hang on Sloopy” once topped the rock charts, it likely would have been forgotten if not for Ohio State students and fans adopting it as their unofficial anthem.

Its familiar opening drum beats can transport alumni across the many miles and years back to Columbus, Ohio, where “Sloopy” became theirs. And Ohio Stadium will rock again this fall, as today’s students carry on the tradition.

But the history of the song – from its roots in rhythm and blues to the last-minute decision to include it in a halftime show in 1965 to being named Ohio’s official Rock – has remained largely unknown.

Until now.

While “Hang on Sloopy” celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, it’s important to look back at the song’s origins and honor the artists who gave it life.

It’s also a time to recognize how hundreds of thousands of Ohio State students, alumni, friends and fans have embraced the music, sing the song and join in the dance.

See fascinating full story via

Carl Fisher, at right, was the lead singer of The Vibrations when they recorded the 1964 rhythm and blues song “My Girl Sloopy” for Atlantic Records. Here, he performs that song 50 years later with thelegendary Vibrations in Los Angeles, California in November 2014.
The Ohio State University Marching Band played “Hang on Sloopy” on Oct. 9, 1965 – one week after The McCoys’ version hit No. 1 on the pop charts. The band’s halftime show that day was honoring the arts, and they formed a ballerina while playing Tchaikovsky’s “Waltz of the Flowers” before dancing.

“Hang On Sloopy” by The McCoys
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