The McCoys, "Hang On Sloopy" (copy)

The McCoys, "Hang On Sloopy"

When Rick Derringer played Omaha last week, it wasn't the first time he had been to Omaha.

He came here several times with the McCoys. 

I was reminded of that after I wrote about how "Hang On Sloopy" became such a strange and unexpected hit song

I actually knew the story. Or at least part of it.

The McCoys released "Sloopy" in 1965. The song went to No. 1. They kept right on playing.

Then in 1967, the band played Creighton Prep's prom. 

I recall the story because my dad was there. He graduated from Prep in '67. That year, Prep's prom was held at Peony Park.

"We were pretty cool. What would you expect?" he told me.

Prep paid the McCoys $1,750 to play at prom, according to The World-Herald's archives. It was such a popular event, the school made a profit off ticket sales.

"The fact they showed up and played with their song topping the charts was a coup," one of my dad's classmates said.

And that wasn't the only time the McCoys came to town, either.

"My 13th birthday present from my parents was going to see The Rolling Stones at the Civic Auditorium in Omaha on July 15, 1966," one reader said. "The McCoys were one of the opening acts. Great show."

Another reader told me they were in town in the summer of 1967, and he interviewed them for the Bellevue High newspaper.

"I asked if they thought the Monkees, a slap-together group appearing on their own television show created by NBC, were going to surpass other groups that have been working hard to get noticed," he said. "There was a moment of silence before one of them said they didn't want to talk about that."

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Kevin Coffey covers music, whether it's pop, indie or punk, through artist interviews, reviews and trend stories. He also occasionally cover other entertainment. Follow him on Twitter @owhmusicguy. Phone: 402-444-1557.

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