Ramsey Lewis: Hang on Sloopy

Track

Hang On Sloopy

Artist

Ramsey Lewis (piano)

CD

In Person 1960-1967 (Chess GRD-814)

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Musicians:

Ramsey Lewis (piano),

Eldee Young (bass), Red Holt (drums)

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Composed by Bert Russell & Wes Farrell

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Recorded: Hermosa Beach, CA, October 14, 1965

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Rating: 93/100 (learn more)

Recorded live at The Lighthouse in full nightclub party mode, Ramsey Lewis’s cover of “Hang On Sloopy” faced an uphill battle. The McCoys’ original had been four months on the charts, including a week at #1, and was still hanging on. Moreover, Lewis’s preceding cover, “The In Crowd,” was also charting. No way "Sloopy" could dislodge the real McCoys and Ramsey himself. Right? Wrong. “Sloopy” quickly overtook both competitors and spent two months in the Top 100. Sure it was formulaic. But here were actual people actually listening to jazz, and damned if they weren’t actually having actual fun! A revolutionary concept.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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