An Ohio State tradition since 1965
"My Girl Sloopy" by the Vibrations was an R&B hit in 1964...
...before the McCoys recorded a rock 'n' roll version in 1965.
Most people are familiar with that song: "Hang on Sloopy."
What did The Vibration’s Carl Fisher, the original recording artist, say about The McCoys’ version?
Musician, The Vibrations
In the summer of '65, he was working at the Ohio State Fair when he heard "Hang on Sloopy" playing over the midway speakers.
The percussion student immediately knew it could be arranged for a marching band.
But he first had to convince his professor, Charlie Spohn, to let him arrange it for Ohio State's marching band.
It only took four hours.
Music composer and arranger
“Hang on Sloopy” debuted in Ohio Stadium on Oct. 9, 1965 - one week after it hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 list.
Students went wild to hear their kind of music performed. In games that followed, they chanted for the band to play it.
And Sloopy has remained a Buckeye ever since.
Dr. Christopher Hoch, Director
Marching and Athletic Bands, The Ohio State University
For more information, visit: go.osu.edu/sloopybuckeye