The lead singer of The McCoys, whose 1965 song “Hang on Sloopy” is probably stuck in your head right now, is suing the producers of the classic song claiming they took advantage of him over 40 years ago and now he’s looking to get paid.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Rick Derringer claims he was brought in to sing the vocals on the famous song when he was just 17-years-old. Derringer says after recording the song, he and his parents met with Richard Gottehrer, Jerry Goldstein and Robert Feldman to sign a record deal.
But Derringer claims the producers provided him with a lawyer to look over the deal … who Derringer now claims was never actually a lawyer. He says the “lawyer” told him it was a “good contract” and his parents signed it.
Derringer says he was never provided a copy of the deal and he’s never been able to get his hands on a copy of it ever since.
He performed several other songs as part of The McCoys but claims his parents received a single payment at the time they signed the contract … and not a dime since.
Derringer is suing for fraud, breach of contract, and several other claims. He is also asking a judge to grant him the copyright on over 20 songs recorded by The McCoys, but “Hang on Sloopy” is not on that list.
He is seeking damages in excess of $200,000.