Bill to make ‘Hang on Sloopy’ Ohio’s rock song passes House
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 was written by Wes Farrell and Bert Russell and 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 it.
The Legislature recognized “Sloopy” as the state’s official rock song in the 1980s, though the honor apparently wasn’t enshrined in law.
The House passed a bill to designate the tune as Ohio’s rock song in the last session, but the Senate didn’t consider it.