“I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” Writer, Alan Merrill, Dies From Coronavirus At 69

This story originally appeared at Do You Remember by Lauren Novak.

Alan Merrill collage

  • Rocker, Alan Merrill, has died from coronavirus.
  • He was 69 years old and his daughter warns about the dangers of the virus.
  • He was most famous for the song, “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll.”

Rock legend, Alan Merrill, has died at the age of 69. Sadly, his daughter Laura confirmed that he died after being diagnosed with coronavirus. She warned others of the dangers of the virus.

Alan is perhaps best known for being the co-writer and lead singer on the first version of “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll.” The song has been popular over the years and many artists have covered it. He first recorded the song with the Arrows in 1975.

“I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” singer Alan Merrill died from coronavirus

Alan Merrill performing on stage when he was in the Arrows band

Alan in the Arrows / Facebook

Alan was born Allan Preston Sachs on February 19, 1951. He was a singer and songwriter, but he also played many instruments including guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, and harmonica. He was also the first Westerner to become a pop star in Japan.

Alan Merrill and his daughter

Alan and his daughter / Facebook

After the Arrows broke up, Merrill had a successful solo career. His daughter posted a loving tribute to him on Facebook and also warned that people should take the coronavirus pandemic seriously.

She said, “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. 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.”

photo of Alan Merrill standing in a hallway

Alan Merrill / Wiki Commons

Joan Jett also shared her sadness on social media. Of course, she went on to record the song “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll.” She wrote, “I’ve just learned of the awful news that Alan Merrill has passed. I can still remember watching the Arrows on TV in London and being blown away by the song that screamed hit to me. With deep gratitude and sadness, wishing him a safe journey to the other side.”

This is such sad news! RIP, Alan.

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