The McCoys

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The McCoys
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Background information
OriginUnion City, Indiana, United States
GenresPop rock, beat
Years active1962–1969
LabelsBang, Immediate, Mercury
Associated actsThe Strangeloves
Past membersRick Derringer
Randy Z (Zehringer)
Ronnie Brandon
Randy Jo Hobbs
Bobby Peterson

The McCoys were a rock group formed in Union City, Indiana, United States, in 1962.[1] They are best known for their 1965 hit single "Hang on Sloopy".[1] Their name was changed from Rick and the Raiders to The McCoys, taken from the B-side of The Ventures' hit record "Walk, Don't Run" titled "The McCoy".


The original members were all from Union City; however, the Zehringer boys were initially from Fort Recovery, Ohio.[1] The band members were guitarist and lead singer Richard Zehringer (later known as Rick Derringer), his brother Randy (later known as Randy Z) on drums, and bassist Dennis Kelly. This first line-up was known as The Rick Z Combo, and later known as Rick and the Raiders.[1] When Kelly left for college, the Zehringers were joined by bassist Randy Jo Hobbs, saxophonist Sean Michaels, and keyboardist Ronnie Brandon.[2] This was the line-up that took the name of "The McCoys". Brandon left the group in 1965 and was replaced by Bobby Peterson on keyboards.

Their best-known hit is "Hang On Sloopy", which was #1 in the United States in the Billboard Hot 100 chart in October 1965 and is the official rock song of the state of Ohio. It also is the unofficial fight song of the Ohio State University Buckeyes and can be heard being played at many Ohio State athletic events by the OSU bands. Sales of the single in the US alone were over one million copies.[2] Other hits include a top 10 cover of "Fever" (Billboard #7) and a top 40 cover of Ritchie Valens's "Come On, Let's Go" (Billboard #21).

A cover of "Sorrow", the B-side of their version of "Fever", was a hit in the United Kingdom for The Merseys and later covered by David Bowie.[1] Its opening line, "with your long blonde hair and eyes of blue" was quoted by George Harrison in the fadeout of "It's All Too Much", featured on the 1969 soundtrack of Yellow Submarine.

The two Zehringer brothers (then known as Rick Derringer and Randy Z) and Hobbs became Johnny Winter's band for the albums Johnny Winter And and Live Johnny Winter And in 1970 and 1971 respectively.[1] As backing musicians, both Derringer and Hobbs contributed to Winter's later releases Still Alive and Well (1973), Saints & Sinners (1974), and John Dawson Winter III (1974). Derringer and Hobbs later played with Edgar Winter as well as appeared on Together: Edgar Winter and Johnny Winter Live (1976).[1] Hobbs later toured with Johnny Winter, but without Derringer, on Winter's Captured Live! (1976). Derringer also played with Steely Dan and Cyndi Lauper and formed bands such as DNA, with drummer Carmine Appice.

Hobbs died of drug-related heart failure on 5 August 1993 (Derringer's birthday) at the age of 45. Peterson died in Gainesville, Florida on 21 July 1993 at the age of 47.



Year Album Billboard 200 Record label
1965 Hang on Sloopy 44 Bang Records
1966 You Make Me Feel So Good
1968 Infinite McCoys Mercury Records
1969 Human Ball


Year A-side/B-side
Both sides from same album except where indicated
Label & number Chart Positions Album
1965 "Hang on Sloopy"
b/w "I Can't Explain It"
Bang 506 1 1 5 Hang on Sloopy
b/w "Sorrow"
Bang 511 7 9 44
1966 "Up and Down"
b/w "If You Tell A Lie" (from Hang On Sloopy)
Bang 516 46 50 - Non-album track
"Come On, Let's Go"
b/w "Little People"
Bang 522 22 17 - You Make Me Feel So Good
"(You Make Me Feel) So Good"
b/w "Runaway"
Bang 527 53 53 -
"Don't Worry Mother, Your Son's Heart Is Pure"
b/w "Ko-Ko"
Bang 532 67 60 - Non-album tracks
1967 "I Got to Go Back (and Watch That Little Girl Dance)"
b/w "Dynamite" (from You Make Me Feel So Good)
Bang 538 69 90 -
"Beat The Clock"
b/w "Like You Do to Me"
Bang 543 92 79 -
"Say Those Magic Words"
b/w "I Wonder If She Remembers Me" (Non-album track)
Bang 549 - - - You Make Me Feel So Good
1968 "Jesse Brady"
b/w "Resurrection"
Mercury 72843 98 94 - Infinite McCoys
b/w "Daybreak"
Mercury 72897 - - - Human Ball
1969 "Love Don't Stop"
b/w "Only Human"
Mercury 72917 - - -
"Don't Fight It"
b/w "Rosa Rodrigues"
Mercury 72967 - - - Non-album tracks

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Colin Larkin, ed. (1997). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Popular Music (Concise ed.). Virgin Books. p. 816. ISBN 1-85227-745-9.
  2. ^ a b Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 193. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.

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