Alan Merrill
American musician
Alan Merrill
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.
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Buyers bullish on Montana wheat - Billings Gazette
Google News - over 5 years
In towns like Big Sandy, where Alan Merrill farms organic wheat, the heightened interest in Montana wheat is welcome. Big Sandy has seen more departures than arrivals to his main street over the years. The town hasn't had a mechanic for years,
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Budget crunch could bog down farm bill - Great Falls Tribune
Google News - over 5 years
Montana Farmers Union President Alan Merrill said Willis' description of the uncertainty about when Congress will begin work on the next farm legislation is accurate. "I was just back in Washington, DC, and it seems as if everyone has a different
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Natives' Day offers storytelling, drumming, dance - Creswell Chronicle
Google News - over 5 years
On the cafeteria stage Alan Merrill, Director at Indian Education Program for Lane ESD and a Karuk Tribe member, told of the importance of drumming in Native culture and explained how drumming, vocalizations and words sung change depending upon where
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He also is survived by two stepgrandchildren, Linda Merrill and Alan Merrill; four great-grandchildren, Faith Simon, Joy Simon, Christian Sickler Jr., and Lauren Manzo; and two stepgreat-grandchildren, Kyle Mushinski and Tyler Merrill
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Beazer a Buy, Say Analysts; Investors Not Buying It - Wall Street Journal (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
AP Shares of Beazer Homes are down nearly 2% this morning on the unexpected news that CFO Alan Merrill will take over as CEO for the embattled Ian McCarthy. Earlier, Beazer announced that current CFO Allan Merrill has been promoted to
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Explosiva de niña, nada... - la estrella
Google News - almost 6 years
'Kicking and screaming', 'Robot' y el tema 'I love rock & roll' (de Alan Merrill y Jake Hooker) sirvió para finiquitar el primer set. Luego hizo una pequeña pausa para manifestar su emoción por estar en Panamá y agradecer al intenso público
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Farmers Union has big plans for historic Arrowpeak Lodge - Great Falls Tribune
Google News - almost 6 years
"Although we are transforming the camp into the Arrowpeak Lodge, youth camps will always be a significant part of the Montana Farmers Union identity and mission" said Alan Merrill, president of the Montana Farmers Union. Arrowpeak is located about 40
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Interview with Tom Finn of The Left Banke - Rock Edition
Google News - almost 6 years
Another good example of what you're talking about — keeping the buzz going — was your recent appearance at the Red Cross Benefit at Bowery Electric, where you and George sang “Renée” with Alan Merrill. Yeah, stuff like that! That was fun
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Hoop Houses Grow Ag Education and Local Food - Public News Service
Google News - almost 6 years
MFU President Alan Merrill says the hoop houses are sited at community gardens, youth agriculture programs and schools. At one school, students learn all about pizza while raising produce, he says. "And they put in a tomato plant, anything that goes on
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Torrie Zito, 76, Pianist and Arranger
NYTimes - about 7 years
Torrie Zito, a versatile arranger who worked with swingers like Bobby Darin, Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra as well as younger performers like John Lennon, Sinead O'Connor and Clay Aiken, died on Thursday at his home in Manhattan. He was 76. The cause was emphysema, his stepson, Alan Merrill, said. Mr. Zito, who started out as a jazz pianist in the
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Alan Merrill
  • 2016
    Age 65
    On September 15, 2016, he released a 21 song solo album titled "Demo Graphic".
    More Details Hide Details He also does live concerts internationally, both with backing bands and solo acoustic. He currently resides in New York City.
    In 2016, Merrill is acting as a principal player in a horror film directed by Dylan Mars Greenberg, Dr. West: A Reanimator Parody, already in production, which is set for release October 2016.
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    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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  • 2015
    Age 64
    In September 2015, Merrill added his guitar parts to popular Japanese vocalist Superfly's cover of his composition, "I Love Rock N Roll", released three months later on Warner Brothers-Japan records.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details The song was the B-side of the Arrows RAK records top 30 hit single "My Last Night With You" produced by Mickie Most in 1975 with lead vocals by Alan Merrill.
  • 1989
    Age 38
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The Tokyo-based band toured Japan, then several years later recorded the first in a series of reunion albums, Chemical Reaction (1996) which was followed by Pink Soup (1997), Boy's Life (1998) and Boys in The Band (2004). The Vodka Collins Tokyo-New York album has been reissued again as recently as October 2011 on EMI Japan. In recent years, Merrill has released solo albums Never Pet A Burning Dog (1998), Cupid Deranged (2002), A Merrilly Christmas (2001), Double Shot Rocks (2003) - a tribute to songwriters Otis Blackwell and Arthur Alexander, Aleecat (2004), At The Candy Shop (2006), Rive Gauche (2007) - a tribute to The Left Banke. The reissue Alien in Tokyo, EP single Hard Road, and an in concert album The Aleecat, Live In Japan were all released in 2008. New albums by Mr. Merrill titled The Face Of 69 (2010), Numbers (2011), Snakes and Ladders (2012), Songer Singerwriter (2013) and "Arrows, 40th Anniversary Edition" (2014) were recently released.
  • 1986
    Age 35
    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.
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  • 1983
    Age 32
    In 1983 Merrill recorded a solo album for Polydor Records, simply titled Alan Merrill, a collection of self-composed tracks.
    More Details Hide Details Some friends contributing to this record were Steve Winwood, Mick Taylor and Dallas Taylor. It was released in 1985 and received critical acclaim.
    The following year Lou Rawls recorded Alan Merrill's song "When The Night Comes" as the title track of his 1983 Epic Records album.
    More Details Hide Details The Rawls version of the song was taken into space by astronaut Guion Bluford, the first music taken to and played in outer space.
  • 1982
    Age 31
    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.
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  • 1980
    Age 29
    In 1980 Merrill joined forces with Rick Derringer as a guitarist/vocalist in New York City.
    More Details Hide Details They recorded three albums, Good Dirty Fun, Live at The Ritz, Rick Derringer and Friends, and a film, "The Rick Derringer Rock Spectacular." Alan Merrill wrote three songs on the Rick Derringer "Good Dirty Fun" album, "White Heat" (Alan Merrill), "Shake Me" (Alan Merrill/Jake Hooker) and "Lesson Learned" (Alan Merrill/Rick Derringer). "Shake Me" was included in the soundtrack of the film "Where The Boys Are (84)".
  • 1977
    Age 26
    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).
    More Details Hide Details The Runner album charted in the Billboard top 100 in the United States.
  • 1974
    Age 23
    Recorded at Morgan studio in London 1974 Alan Merrill played bass guitar on drummer Cozy Powell's chart hit single "The Man In Black" and the b-side "After Dark" produced by Mickie Most on RAK records.
    More Details Hide Details The recording made a peak position of #18 in the British charts. With Arrows Merrill sang three chart hit records as the band's lead singer, all produced by Mickie Most, "Touch Too Much" (# 8 UK charts) "Toughen Up" (# 51 UK charts) and "My Last Night With You" (# 25 UK charts). They made one more single that would be an important one. "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" (1975), a song that started out as a b-side to the 45 rpm Arrows single "Broken Down Heart". The song "I Love Rock 'N Roll" was composed by Alan Merrill and Arrows bandmate Jake Hooker. The record was later flipped to a-side status, and the band got only one TV performance with the song. The show's producer Muriel Young was so impressed with Arrows that she made a pitch to Granada ITV for them to have their own television series. Arrows got their own weekly TV series Arrows in 1976, taking over the Bay City Rollers Granada TV series Shang-a-Lang. The band Arrows signed with MAM Management. Their producer Mickie Most was so angry at the band for signing the management deal, that he vowed to never release another Arrows record. So it came to pass that Arrows had their own weekly TV series and no records released during that time. Their ratings were so good that they got a second weekly series, but they released no new recordings.
    In 1974 in London Merrill formed the band Arrows (as lead singer and bass guitarist), with drummer Paul Varley and guitarist Jake Hooker.
    More Details Hide Details Peter Meaden was the Arrows' first manager, but later they signed with Mickie Most's RAK Records. In March 1974 the Arrows were in the top 10 in the UK charts with the song "Touch Too Much". Arrows became a popular band with teens, and once again Merrill had slid back into the teen market he had fought hard to get out of in Japan. Arrows had another hit single with "My Last Night With You" which made the UK top 30 in 1975, but the band's single releases were few and far between as a result of their producer Mickie Most's winding down his own career momentum.
  • 1972
    Age 21
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He then formed the band Vodka Collins, which became Japan's top glam rock act. The band included Japanese superstars Hiroshi "Monsieur" Kamayatsu and Hiroshi Oguchi. Vodka Collins recorded one LP in 1972-1973 titled Tokyo – New York, on the EMI Toshiba label, which is still available today in CD re-issues. The band are best known for recording and releasing the first popular glam rock songs in Japanese in 1972. The double A-sided single "Sands Of Time" and "Automatic Pilot".
  • 1971
    Age 20
    In 1971 he released an LP of his own compositions titled Merrill 1 in Japan for Denon/Columbia record label produced by Mickey Curtis.
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  • 1969
    Age 18
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He recorded one album with Atlantic Records, "Alone in Tokyo" which yielded one hit single, "Namida" (Teardrops) and he became the first foreign domestic market pop star in the Japanese Group Sounds. Merrill acted on the popular TV soap opera Jikan Desu Yo and had his own corner as a regular on the TBS's Young 720, a morning show for teens. He also was the featured principal as a model in ads for Nissan cars, Jun clothing, AnnAnn, Non-no, and GT Jeans.
  • 1968
    Age 17
    In 1968, Merrill auditioned for the New York band, the Left Banke.
    More Details Hide Details The audition was successful, but the band dissolved. Shortly thereafter, he left to reside in Japan, and started his professional career there with the band The Lead, on RCA Victor Records. The band was a foreign Tokyo-based act. The Lead had one hit single, "Akuma ga kureta Aoi Bara" (Blue Rose), but the project soon fell apart when two American members of the group were deported.
  • 1951
    Age 0
    Born on February 19, 1951.
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