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You probably know that Ohio’s state bird is the Cardinal and its state tree is the Buckeye.
But do you know Ohio’s state rock song?
If you were a teen in mid-1960s Southwest Ohio you’ll recall the lyrics as if you were listening to your favorite DJ on WSAI-AM Cincinnati or WING-AM Dayton.
Here are a few hints:
It debuted on August 14, 1965, topping the pop charts the following October. After only one week it was knocked off its high perch by the Beatles’s “Yesterday.” (1)
It was a heartfelt love song to a girl whose life was anything but happy. (2)
The composer was Rick Derringer. The song was first recorded by the McCoys of Dayton. (2)
It was “Hang On, Sloopy.”
The lyrics and music will now linger in your mind the rest of the day…
Just hang on.
1)”Hang On Sloopy, the History of Rock ‘n’ Roll in Ohio” by Nick Talevski, Guardian Press, Ohio, copyright 2008- 2010. Available for reading in the MidPointe Library Middletown Ohio Room.
2)”It Happened in Ohio -- Remarkable Events That Shaped History,” First edition, by Carol Cartaino, Globe Pequot Press, 2010. Located in MidPointe Library Middletown’s Local History and Genealogical Gallery. Available for checkout.