“Hang on Sloopy” is a rock song, recorded by the McCoys, a band from Dayton.
In October 1965, the song hit Number 1 on the American charts. Bert Berns and Wes Farrell co-wrote the song, using a singer from Steubenville, Dorothy Sloop (who performed under the stage name Sloopy) as inspiration.
“Hang on Sloopy” became tied with The Ohio State University after its marching band began playing it at football games. Today, the OSU marching band plays the song before the start of the fourth quarter of every Buckeye game.
In 1985, the General Assembly passed a resolution making “Hang on Sloopy” Ohio’s official rock song. Ohio was the first state to name an official rock song.