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'Sloopy' hangs on: Lawmakers approve proposal to make the tune Ohio's official rock song

COLUMBUS — Cue the marching band. A proposal to make “Hang On Sloopy” Ohio’s official rock song has won lawmakers’ approval.

The Ohio House unanimously passed the measure today, 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, and members played it for lawmakers ahead of today’s vote.

Pro-sports events around the state also use the song.

The legislature recognized “Sloopy” as the state’s official rock song in 1985, though the honor apparently wasn’t permanent.

Rep. Michael Stinziano of Columbus is among the backers of the bill to enshrine the tune in law as Ohio’s rock song. His father was a sponsor of the original resolution that recognized “Sloopy.”

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