Alan Merrill (Photograph Credit: Twitter)
Musician-songwriter Alan Merrill has handed away on account of issues from the coronavirus. He was 69. The recording artiste died in New York Sunday, his daughter Laura Merrill confirmed the information on Fb. “The Coronavirus took my father this morning. I used to be given 2 minutes to say my goodbyes earlier than I used to be rushed out. He appeared peaceable and as I left there was nonetheless a glimmer of hope that he would not be a ticker on the proper hand facet of the CNN/Fox information display,” Laura Merrill wrote in her submit. Alan Merrill was born within the Bronx in New York Metropolis and went on to turn out to be a member of the band The Arrows together with drummer Paul Varley and guitarist Jake Hooker, reported Deadline. Joe Diffie, Nation Music Icon, Dies of COVID-19 at 61.
As a part of the music group, Alan Merrill wrote the hit quantity “I like rock ‘n’ roll”, which launched in 1975. The tune would later turn out to be a chart topper for Joan Jett & The Blackhearts in 1982. Jett additionally took to social media to pay her homage to the songwriter. “I’ve simply realized of the terrible information that Alan Merrill has handed. My ideas and love go to his household, pals and music neighborhood as a complete. “I can nonetheless keep in mind watching the Arrows on TV in London and being blown away by the tune that screamed hit to me. With deep gratitude and unhappiness, wishing him a protected journey to the opposite facet,” she wrote on Twitter. Ken Shimura, Standard Japanese Comic Dies of COVID-19 on the age of 70.
He additionally collaborated with Grammy Award-winning music producer Rick Derringer on three albums and in 1983, recorded a self-titled solo LP.
Alan Merrill additionally labored with singer Meat Loaf on many tasks and was supplied a task on the HBO sequence “Encyclopedia Brown” as Casey Sparkz in 1989. He continued to work by way of the late 1990s and 2000s and even took up a internet hosting stint on TV for the sequence “Throughout the Pond” for the MyJam Music Community.