COLUMBUS, Ohio- When the Buckeyes take on the Hokies Monday night, it will mark the 50th season the Ohio State band has marched to “Hang on Sloopy.”
The song began as The Vibrations’ 1964 song “My Girl Sloopy,” but a year later The McCoys release their own version.
Ohio State University student John Tatgenhorst first heard the song at the Ohio State fair. That’s when he started harassing band director Charlie Spohn to do an arrangement.
He was given just one day’s notice to put it together.
A week after The McCoys went to the top of the charts, the Ohio State marching band played Tatgenhorst’s arrangement at halftime on Oct. 9, 1965.
In 1985, the Ohio General Assembly gave “Hang on Sloopy” a place in history when the state became the first to adopt an official rock song.
Now, 50 years later, you’ll hear the tune all over the Buckeye state, from Cleveland Indians games to high school football fields to concerts, with the crowd shouting “O-H-I-O.”