Writer of ‘I Love Rock ‘n Roll’ dies of coronavirus

Writer of ‘I Love Rock ‘n Roll’ dies of coronavirus

American singer-songwriter Alan Merrill has died aged 69 from Covid-19 in New York.

His daughter, Laura Merrill, shared the news on social media on Sunday, writing:

“The Coronavirus took my father this morning. I was given 2 minutes to say my goodbyes before I was rushed out. He seemed peaceful and as I left was still a glimmer of hope that he wouldn’t be a ticker on the right hand side of the CNN/Fox news screen.”

Merrill was born in New York and spent time in Japan and the UK during his career, which included forming the band the Arrows in London in 1974.

They released singles including Touch Too Much, My Last Night With You and I Love Rock ‘n Roll.

He was lead vocalist on the original song, but it was later recorded and released by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts – reaching number one in the US in 1982.