The McCoys

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The McCoys
OriginUnion City, Indiana, U.S.
GenresPop rock, beat music
Years active1962–1969
LabelsBang, Mercury
Associated actsThe Strangeloves
Past membersRick Derringer (Zehringer)
Randy Zehringer
Ronnie Brandon
Randy Jo Hobbs
Bobby Peterson
 
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The McCoys
OriginUnion City, Indiana, U.S.
GenresPop rock, beat music
Years active1962–1969
LabelsBang, Mercury
Associated actsThe Strangeloves
Past membersRick Derringer (Zehringer)
Randy Zehringer
Ronnie Brandon
Randy Jo Hobbs
Bobby Peterson

The McCoys were a rock group that started in Union City, Indiana, in 1962. There are best known for their hit "Hang on Sloopy".

Career[edit]

The original members, all from Union City, were guitarist Richard Zehringer (later known as Rick Derringer), his brother Randy 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". When Kelly left for college, the Zehringers were joined by bassist Randy Jo Hobbs, saxophonist Sean Michaels, and keyboardist Ronnie Brandon.[1] 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.

One of their best-known songs 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 heard being played at many Ohio State athletic events by the OSU bands. American sales alone were over one million copies.[1] 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 was later covered again by David Bowie. 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 Yellow Submarine film soundtrack album.

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. 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 appearing on the Together: Edgar Winter and Johnny Winter Live album (1976). Hobbs later toured with Johnny Winter, but without Derringer, resulting in Winter's Captured Live! album (1976). Derringer also played with Steely Dan, Cyndi Lauper, among others, in addition to forming later 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.

Discography with Billboard chart peak positions[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

YearA-side/B-side
Both sides from same album except where indicated
Label & numberU.S. ChartsAlbum
BillboardCashbox
1965"Hang on Sloopy"
b/w "I Can't Explain It"
Bang 50611Hang On Sloopy
"Fever"
b/w "Sorrow"
Bang 51179
1966"Up and Down"
b/w "If You Tell A Lie" (from Hang On Sloopy)
Bang 5164650Non-album track
"Come On, Let's Go"
b/w "Little People"
Bang 5222117You Make Me Feel So Good
"(You Make Me Feel) So Good"
b/w "Runaway"
Bang 5275353
"Don't Worry Mother, Your Son's Heart Is Pure"
b/w "Ko-Ko"
Bang 5326760Non-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 5386990
"Beat The Clock"
b/w "Like You Do To Me"
Bang 5439279
"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 728439894Infinite McCoys
"Epilogue"
b/w "Daybreak"
Mercury 72897--Human Ball
1969"Love Don't Stop"
b/w "Only Human"
Mercury 72917--

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References[edit]

Notes

  1. ^ 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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