After omitting “Hang On Sloopy” from their set list for nearly 50 years, the Rolling Stones brought the song back for a performance in Ohio Saturday night.
The Rolling Stones are just one of many bands to record the song, which Wes Farrell and Bert Russell wrote in 1964. The Vibrations went on to record the single that same year, and The McCoys released their own version in 1965. Both renditions were successful nationwide, but the song really stuck in Ohio: “Hang On Sloopy” plays at many Ohio sports events, where fans shout “O-H-I-O” during the chorus breaks.
The Stones’ show was no exception—the audience chanted “O-H-I-O” as Mick Jagger strutted around the stage in a shiny red jacket.