Alan Merrill, Songwriter Of ‘I Love Rock N Roll’ And Arrows Frontman, Dies At 69 From Coronavirus – Musician Alan Merrill, who wrote and recorded the original version of ‘I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll,’ has died Sunday in New York.
Alan Merrill, Songwriter Of ‘I Love Rock N Roll’ And Arrows Frontman, Dies At 69 From Coronavirus | Alan Merrill Has Died From Coronavirus:
The guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, actor and model Alan Merrill died aged 69 on Sunday, March 29, following complications from coronavirus in New York.
Alan Merrill’s daughter, Laura Merrill, shared the news in a heartbreaking announcement made on her Facebook page.
“The Coronavirus took my father this morning,” Laura wrote. “I was given 2 minutes to say my goodbyes before I was rushed out. He seemed peaceful and as I left there was still a glimmer of hope that he wouldn’t be a ticker on the right hand side of the CNN/Fox news screen. I walked 50 blocks home still with hope in my heart. The city that I knew was empty. I felt I was the only person here and perhaps in many ways I was. By the time I got in the doors to my apartment I received the news that he was gone.”
Laura said she was just at one of his recent performers only a few weeks ago and took the cover photo for his new album cover.
He later texted her about having a cold, “Merrill had been dealing with what he presumed to be a cold, and he and his daughter joked about “the “Rona” and how it’ll “getcha”.” Laura adds, ”..boy do I feel stupid.”
Laura wrote. “If anything can come of this I beg of you to take this seriously. Money doesn’t matter. People are dying. You don’t think It’ll happen to you or your strong family. It has. Stay home if not for you…for others. For my dad. This thing is real.”
American Musician Alan Merrill Died Of Coronavirus | “I Love Rock N Roll” Songwriter, Alan Merrill Dead:
Alan Merrill’s daughter, Laura Merrill, sadly, said her family will likely not be able to have a proper funeral, “We probably won’t be able to mourn him properly with a funeral.”
“I just lost the greatest love of my life and won’t be able to hug anyone because I’ve been exposed and need to self quarantine for two weeks….alone,” her message ends with her saying, “I don’t know how to process this. I’ll need all of you to help me with that. Please stay safe. No one is immune to this and it is very real.”
Alan Merrill was born in New York and grew up in Switzerland, Los Angeles and Japan before starting his music career in New York.
Alan Merrill formed the Arrows in London in 1974 with guitarist Jake Hooker and drummer Paul Varley.
Merrill originally wrote and recorded “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” while he was a member of his band the Arrows, who released the track in 1975. It would later become an iconic song — and a massive hit after Joan Jett & the Blackhearts covered it in 1982.
The band’s other singles included Touch Too Much and My Last Night With You. The Arrows broke up in 1977 and Merrill went on to a solo career, continuing to play up until just a few weeks ago.
Alan Merrill’s last album, Radio Zero, was released last year.
Rest in peace, Alan Merrill.