Thanks to YouTuber TransatlanticMoments
Monday morning The McCoys urge Sloopy to hang on.
The woman in the video is Liz Brewer who was once married to the lead singer of the McCoys, Rick Derringer.**
Who was Sloopy? So far I’ve tracked down four stories:
- One of the credited co-writers claims that he wrote the song while in Cuba, and any attractive woman there would be called a Sloopy.
- Sloopy was the nickname of jazz singer Dorothy Sloop who was a girlfriend of one of the writers.
- Jean Sloop was the name of an Ohio waitress who claims to be the inspiration.
- A businessman in St. Louis claimed that when he was just a kid in high school he wrote the song and sold it on the cheap to the credited writers. Rick Derringer seems to most believe this story—but he still doesn’t know why the high school kid used the name Sloopy.
**Update: It may be that Liz Brewer had nothing to do with the video; here’s another claimant for the dancer: