In terrible news, Alan Merrill, the original lead singer and co-writer of the first-ever recorded version of the classic hit “I Love Rock ‘N Roll” in 1975, passed away earlier today (March 29), yet another victim of the Covid-19 virus.
Merrill, who was 69 – years old, originally recorded the song with his band at the time, the Arrows. But it was in 1982, that the song was cemented as a rock/ pop classic when Joan Jett & the Blackhearts scored a #1 single with their version. The song also took the top spot on the U.S. charts for seven consecutive weeks.
Merrill had lived in New York City till now, and his current band, the Alan Merrill Extravaganza, were playing gigs in the NYC area as recently as this month.
Rest In Peace Alan.