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"I Love Rock 'n' Roll" author Alan Merrill on Visual Radio December 19, 2013

Original I Love Rock & Roll Single
Original I Love Rock & Roll Single
You've all heard Joan Jett perform "I Love Rock & Roll" with her band The Blackhearts.  The song was first released by singer/songwriter Alan Merrill and his group The Arrows in 1975  Check it out on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AT_Pbtyid0

It's worth reading the history of the song on the YouTube site, a little more info here:

Cosmic oddity: Arrows singer Alan Merrill and Joan Jett are both left handed, but play their instruments right handed.

More trivia- Joan Jett was initially introduced to her manager Kenny Laguna by a tv producer named Alan Sacks. Arrows singer Alan Merrill's legal birth name is Allan Sachs, same prononciation. A little eerie, don't you think?

Info and reference /
http://www.iloverocknroll.org
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Joan Jett's former (and long-time) guitarist Ricky Byrd was on Visual Radio awhile back.  Here's their rendition:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JuD9umfGo8

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We'll also discuss movies with Frank Dello Stritto

Tune in 8 PM Thursday December 19th  http://www.wincam.org

Meanwhile you can read more about Alan's work on Songfacts.com

http://www.songfacts.com/blog/interviews/alan_merrill_of_the_arrows/

The son of Jazz musicians Aaron Sachs and Helen Merrill, Alan moved from New York to Japan when he was still a teenager, becoming the first foreign pop star residing in Japan to break out in that country, both as a solo artist and with his group Vodka Collins. Moving to England, he formed The Arrows, who wrote and recorded "I Love Rock and Roll," got their own TV show, then quickly faded away. This is a story about Glam Rock, cultural differences in music, and what shot down The Arrows.

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Alan will talk about "I Love Rock "n' Roll" and discuss his new recordings with Grammy winning drummer Steve Holley (percussionist with Paul McCartney/Elton John/Joe Cocker/Ian Hunter etc)

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