Thursday, February 03, 2005

House Concurrent Resolution 16, 116th General Assembly, 1985-1986 Session: he official State Rock Song, Hang On Sloopy

“A resolution is a formal expression of the Ohio General Assembly and does not require the signature of the Governor. A concurrent resolution requires the approval of both houses of the General Assembly but is not filed with the Secretary of State. The official State Rock Song, Hang On Sloopy, was enacted through House Concurrent Resolution 16, 116th General Assembly, 1985-1986 Session."

Here’s the actual Resolution. Read it. It’s great:

“WHEREAS, The members of the 116th General Assembly of Ohio wish to recognize the rock song "Hang On Sloopy" as the official rock song of the great State of Ohio; and

WHEREAS, In 1965, an Ohio-based rock group known as the McCoys reached the top of the national record charts with "Hang On Sloopy," … and that same year, John Tagenhorst, then an arranger for the Ohio State University Marching Band, created the band's now-famous arrangement of "Sloopy," first performed at the Ohio State-Illinois football game on October 9, 1965; and

 

WHEREAS, Rock music has become an integral part of American culture, having attained a degree of acceptance no one would have thought possible twenty years ago; and

 

WHEREAS, Adoption of "Hang On Sloopy" as the official rock song of Ohio is in no way intended to supplant "Beautiful Ohio" as the official state song, but would serve as a companion piece to that old chestnut; and

 

WHEREAS, If fans of jazz, country-and-western, classical, Hawaiian and polka music think those styles also should be recognized by the state, then by golly, they can push their own resolution just like we're doing; and

 

WHEREAS, "Hang On Sloopy" is of particular relevance to members of the Baby Boom Generation, who were once dismissed as a bunch of long-haired, crazy kids, but who now are old enough and vote in sufficient numbers to be taken quite seriously; and

 

WHEREAS, Adoption of this resolution will not take too long, cost the state anything, or affect the quality of life in this state to any appreciable degree, and if we in the legislature just go ahead and pass the darn thing, we can get on with more important stuff; and

 

WHEREAS, Sloopy lives in a very bad part of town, and everybody, yeah, tries to put my Sloopy down; and

 

WHEREAS, Sloopy, I don't care what your daddy do, 'cause you know, Sloopy girl, I'm in love with you; therefore be it

 

Resolved, That we, the members of the 116th General Assembly of Ohio, in adopting this Resolution, name “Hang on Sloopy as the official rock song of the State of Ohio.”


Really, that's the resolution as passed by the Ohio General Assembly . . .

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