Alan Merrill is an American vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter. In the early '70s, he was the first westerner to achieve pop-star status in Japan. He is the co-author and lead singer of the first ever released version of the song "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" by The Arrows in 1975. The song has become an enduring international rock anthem, recorded by Joan Jett, Britney Spears, and many others. Joan Jett saw Merrill perform the song on a British television pop show in 1976, while on tour with her band, The Runaways, and she was deeply inspired. Her 1982 version of the song was No. 1 for eight weeks in the USA.
In addition to the success of "I Love Rock 'n' Roll," Merrill has also written other songs performed and recorded by such diverse artists as Lou Rawls, Rick Derringer, Chuck Jackson, Runner, Freddie Scott, Felix Cavaliere, Dan Penn, The Grand, Mickey Curtis, Spooner Oldham, Reverend Run, Tensaw, Miley Cyrus, Mari Kaneko, The Grand, Tensaw, Tiny Tim, and Troy Turner. He has also led a prolific solo career - among his latest releases are a tribute to The Left Banke titled Rive Gauche (2007) and The Face of 69 (2010). His latest album, Numbers, was released in 2011.
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