Bill has paid tribute to Alan Merrill, the co-writer and original singer of I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll, who has sadly died from coronavirus.

The sad news was shared by Alan’s daughter Laura, who revealed that the 69-year-old had been playing a few weeks ago before developing what he thought as a cold.

Bill said he was saddened by the loss of an old friend.

I produced some of his records, including this one – Dare You Not To Dance – and he worked with Terry Taylor. He’ll be sadly missed as he was a good friend, talented songwriter and singer, and I have fond memories of him.

Alan formed The Arrows in 1974, with hits including A Touch Too Much and My Last Night With You. The song I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll was released in 1975 and became a huge hit. It was reportedly written as a response to the Rolling Stones’ It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll (But I Like It).

Bill has requested the song Dare You Not To Dance is included below in tribute.

Our deepest condolences to Alan’s family.