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Bill to make ‘Hang on Sloopy’ Ohio’s rock song passes House

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A proposal to make “Hang On Sloopy” Ohio’s official rock song has struck the right note with state representatives.

The Ohio House voted 82-13 to pass the measure Wednesday, sending it to the state Senate for consideration.

The 1960s hit has been a crowd favorite for decades at Ohio State University games. The university’s marching band first performed it in 1965. Pro-sports events around the state also use the song.

The Legislature recognized “Sloopy” as the state’s official rock song in the 1980s, though the honor apparently wasn’t enshrined in law.

Last session, the House passed a bill to designate the tune as Ohio’s rock song, but the Senate did not consider it.