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Ohio House passes bill to make "Hang On Sloopy" the state rock song
It's now only the state song by resolution, not law
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE BUREAU CHIEF KAREN KASLER


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The Ohio State Marching Band plays "Hang on Sloopy" in the Ohio House of Representatives.
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Just after the Ohio State University Marching Band deliberately stomped into and out of the House chamber, representatives passed legislation making “Hang On Sloopy” the state’s official rock song.

Democrat Michael Stinziano of Columbus co-sponsored the bill, which he says came about when he heard it was the state official song only by resolution, not by law. To be sure, he consulted the man who came up with the resolution when he held that seat, his father Mike Stinziano.

“And so we did a little research, and asked Dad to think back as to what happened, and he was kind of dumbfounded and so we’re trying to right this wrong," Stinziano says.

"Hang On Sloopy" was designated the state official rock song by concurrent resolution after Columbus newspaper columnist Joe Dirck suggested it in 1985, 20 years after it was recorded by the Dayton-based band the McCoys.

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