Alan Merrill

Born Feb 19, 1951

Alan Merrill is an American vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, actor and model. In the early 1970s Merrill was the first westerner to achieve pop star status in Japan. He is the lead singer of the first ever released version and co-author of the song "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" by the Arrows in 1975.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Alan Merrill.


1951 Birth Born on February 19, 1951.


1968 17 Years Old In 1968, Merrill auditioned for the New York band, the Left Banke. … Read More
1969 18 Years Old In 1969 Merrill signed a solo management deal with Watanabe Productions, who contracted him to Atlantic Records, and changed his professional surname from Sachs (sax) to Merrill because "Merrill" sounded less lascivious and was more commercially viable when spoken by young Japanese pop music fans. … Read More


1971 20 Years Old In 1971 he released an LP of his own compositions titled Merrill 1 in Japan for Denon/Columbia record label produced by Mickey Curtis.
1972 21 Years Old At the peak of his fame Tiny Tim covered an Alan Merrill composition from the Merrill 1 album, a song titled "Movies," in 1972 on Scepter Records. … Read More
1974 23 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1974 in London Merrill formed the band Arrows (as lead singer and bass guitarist), with drummer Paul Varley and guitarist Jake Hooker. … Read More
1977 26 Years Old In 1977, Merrill married fashion model Cathee Dahmen, and formed a new group, the album-oriented rock act Runner, with Steve Gould (Rare Bird), Mick Feat (Van Morrison band), and Dave Dowle (Whitesnake). … Read More
1980 29 Years Old In 1980 Merrill joined forces with Rick Derringer as a guitarist/vocalist in New York City. … Read More


1982 31 Years Old In 1982 Joan Jett released a cover of the Arrows song, "I Love Rock 'N Roll" (composed by Alan Merrill and Jake Hooker), it went to number one in the US Billboard charts for 7 weeks.
1983 32 Years Old 1 More Event
The following year Lou Rawls recorded Alan Merrill's song "When The Night Comes" as the title track of his 1983 Epic Records album. … Read More
1986 35 Years Old In 1986, Merrill joined the Meat Loaf band for the promotional tour of his Blind Before I Stop album, and stayed for several years, recording Meat Loaf's 1987 Live at Wembley (1987) album for Arista Records.
1989 38 Years Old In 1989, Merrill was offered a role in the television series Encyclopedia Brown on HBO, and was a part of the successful series in his role as principal character Casey Sparkz. Merrill wrote a song for the production, "Who Done It?" which he performed in the film and was featured in the concert scene. In 1990, a Vodka Collins reunion tour was organized due to popular demand as a result of the successful CD reissue of their debut vinyl LP Tokyo-New York. … Read More


2015 64 Years Old 1 More Event
…  The Arrows song "Moving Next Door To You" (composed by Alan Merrill and Jake Hooker) was used on the BBC1 TV show "Under The Hammer" series 18 episode 70 in England, its first airdate was February 5, 2015. … Read More
In early June 2016, he released a duet with fellow 70s UK rock star Bob Bradbury of the band Hello titled "Brothers in Rock" and another duet, this one in Japanese with Bruce Bauer, "Hello Japan", out June 20, 2016.
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