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‘Hang on Sloopy’ Could Become Ohio’s Rock Song

Ohio House passes bill to make "Hang on Sloopy" the state's official rock song.

By Livability.com on March 5, 2015

Marching Band at Ohio State
Thomas Bougher via Flickr

Most states seem content with one official state song and maybe a state anthem, but Ohio, home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, could soon be getting a rock song. (Did you know some state’s have official rock songs? Neither did we.)

Lawmakers in Ohio are considering a bill to name the 1960s hit Hang on Sloopy the state’s official rock song. The Ohio House of Representatives passed the bill on Wednesday by a vote of 82-13. The bill now goes to the state Senate. Originally titled My Girl Sloopy, the song was written by Wes Farrell and Bert Russell in 1964. Recorded by the pop group The McCoys, the song became a chart topper in 1965. That same year the Ohio State University marching band covered the song at a football game. It’s been played at every game since and has become a Saturday tradition for the band to play Hang on Sloopy before the start of the fourth quarter. 

Oklahoma’s state rock song is Do You Realize by The Flaming Lips. The unofficial state rock song in Washington is Louie Louie by Richard Berry. Massachusetts actually has a state polka, state ode, state folk song and state patriotic song.

Tell us what your state’s official rock song should be?


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