Singer-songwriter Alan Merrill died on Sunday at the age of 69 from the consequences of the corona virus, his daughter announced on Facebook. Merrill was best known for the I Love Rock 'n' Roll , which he wrote and originally performed, which became a hit in the performance by Joan Jett.

Merrill was born in New York in 1951 to two jazz musicians. From the age of nine to thirteen he attended a boarding school in Switzerland.

At the age of fourteen, Merrill started his music career as part of the band The Kaleidoscope. In 1968, the singer-songwriter continued his career in Japan with the band The Lead.

Merrill's greatest success came in 1975 when, now living in London, he released the band I Love Rock 'n' Ro ll with the band Arrows. The song itself only became a big hit in the performance by Joan Jett in 1981, but Arrows got its own television show that was shown at Granada ITV for two years thanks to this song.

Merrill also later remained active as a musician. In 2019, he released the self-written song Your Love Song around Valentine's Day.



Alan Merrill - I love rock n roll

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