As a kid, living in the NW corner of Washington State, I had great reception of Canadian radio stations. Those of us looking for an AM Top-40 radio station in 1965 and ’66 often heard the sound of C-FUN out of Vancouver, BC. The intro to this video harks back to those days.
“Hang On Sloopy” was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in October 1965. Usually I post a very early rendition of a “Found Performance.” This is an exception. I have two 1965 appearances by the original “McCoys.” But the video I chose is actually from around 1975 and it will get your attention. It has a cult following.
At the time, McCoy’s vocalist, Rick Derringer, was filming an updated music video for “Sloopy.” But it was not the new ’70s incarnation of the band (known as “Derringer”) that got fan’s attention. It was the dancing girl. The premise was this: During the film shoot, a gorgeous girl in a revealing outfit strolls by and embarks on a sexy and captivating dance routine.
You don’t have to be a detective to debunk that theory. Girls like this don’t just wander down the street into a film. This girl was obviously no ordinary passerby. Actually, she was one Liz Brewer — often described as a “rock journalist.” She also became Liz Derringer, wife of Rick Derringer, until they divorced some 20 years later.
Several music tracks have accompanied this video in its online life. Some of them were lame. The track I added, and lip synced to the video, is a stereo version of The McCoy’s original 1965 smash recording of “Sloopy.” This video might help recharge your battery!
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