October 2, 1965 - Hang on Sloopy

Oct 02, 2012

By AM740 Staff

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The McCoys climbed to No. 1 on the US Hot 100 with ‘Hang on Sloopy.’

The song was written by Burt Russell and Wes Farrell. Russell had wrote a number of rock hints including ‘Twist and Shout’, ‘Piece of My Heart’ and ‘Brown-Eyed Girl’. The song was originally written for the R&B group the Vibrations.

Hoping for a hit Russell, wanted to re-record with a Beatle-esque four piece. The McCoys were discovered while playing as the backup band for the Strangeloves.

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