Alan Merrill, ‘I Love Rock 'n' Roll’ Songwriter, Dead At 69

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Rock ‘n’ roll is mourning the loss of a man who loved the genre so much, he wrote a song about it. Alan Merrill, who wrote ‘I Love Rock 'n' Roll,’ died at the age of 69 on Sunday in New York. The singer, songwriter died as a result of the coronavirus.

Merrill wrote ‘I Love Rock 'n' Roll’ in 1975 as a member of The Arrow. The song was then covered by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts in 1982, who made the song a number one hit. Merrill’s death was announced by his daughter on Facebook who wrote, “The Coronavirus took my father this morning. I was given 2 minutes to say my goodbyes before I was rushed out.”

Throughout his career in music, Alan Merrill worked with Rick Derringer and Meatloaf as well as pursuing a solo career. His best known work, ‘I Love Rock 'n' Roll,’ was written after Merrill was inspired by the Rolling Stones’ ‘It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It).’ Alan Merrill may be gone, but his hit song will live on forever.

Via Entertainment Weekly