Alan Merrill Biography – Alan Merrill Wiki
Alan Merrill born Allan Preston Sachs was an American vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, actor and model. Born in New York, he started playing music in semi-pro bands in Greenwich Village and eventually moved to Japan in his late teens. He started his professional career in music with the RCA-Victor Tokyo-based recording group, The Lead, in 1968, replacing Mark Elder as guitarist in the band. The band had one hit single, titled “Blue Rose.”
According to Alan Merrill’s biography on his official website, when The Lead broke up, Merrill went solo, recording two popular albums: “Merrill 1” and “Alone In Tokyo” in 1970 -’71. He became the biggest foreign pop star in Japan’s domestic market, hosting his own segment on the popular TV show “Young 720,” acting in the soap opera “Ji Kan Desu-yo,” and being featured in commercials, including major campaigns for Nissan cars and Jun clothing.
Alan Merrill formed the hard-edged glam rock group Vodka Collins (as lead singer and guitarist) in 1972 with Hiroshi Oguchi. Vodka Collins recorded one album, “Tokyo-New York.” Vodka Collins had three hit singles off of the album: “Sands Of Time,” “Automatic Pilot” and “Billy Mars.”
After a dispute with their manager in 1974, Alan Merrill from Tokyo to London and formed his next band, The Arrows. As lead singer/bassist of the band, he had hits with “Touch Too Much,” “My Last Night With You” and “I Love Rock ‘N Roll.” He also hosted a weekly TV series in 1976-77 called “The Arrows Show,” on ITV/Granada Television.
The Arrows disbanded and Merrill set his sights on the USA. He formed the band Runner with British musicians Steve Gould (Rare Bird) on guitar, Mick Feat (Van Morrison Band) on bass, and Dave Dowle (Whitesnake) on drums. They recorded an album titled “Runner” for Island Records in late 1978, which charted in the USA. When the group broke up in 1980, Merrill moved back from the UK to New York.
In 1986, Alan joined Meat Loaf for the remainder of the 1980’s and recorded the “Live At Wembley” and “Prime Cuts” albums with the band. In 1990, Alan Merrill got a part in the Savage Steve Holland directed HBO television series “Encyclopedia Brown” playing rocker Casey Sparks. He also wrote the theme song of the show, which was titled “Who Done It?” The show was very popular.
Alan Merrill Age
Alan Merrill was born on February 19, 1951, in The Bronx, New York, United States. He died on March 29, 2020, in New York. He was 69 years old.
Alan Merrill Family
Alan Merrill was born to Helen Merrill, and sax/clarinetist Aaron Sachs.
Alan Merrill Wife
Alan Merrill was married twice. His first marriage to international supermodel Cathee Dahmen. Dahmen died of emphysema. He then married his second wife.
Alan Merrill Children
Alan Merrill had 3 children, Laura Merrill and Allan jr. from his first marriage to international supermodel Cathee Dahmen and one child with his second wife.
Alan Merrill Death
Alan Merrill died on March 29, 2020, at age 69. Alan Merrill’s, Laura Merrill, confirmed his death in a Facebook post. She wrote, “I’ve been trying to sleep but I can’t. I woke up normally yesterday with the world at my feet and now today I lay here empty. I’ve always been very open here on social media because I believe sharing your experiences both good and bad can be healing, not just to myself but others.
“The Coronavirus took my father this morning. I was given 2 minutes to say my goodbyes before I was rushed out. He seemed peaceful and as I left there was still a glimmer of hope that he wouldn’t be a ticker on the right hand side of the CNN/Fox news screen.
“I walked 50 blocks home still with hope in my heart. The city that I knew was empty. I felt I was the only person here and perhaps in many ways I was. By the time I got in the doors to my apartment I received the news that he was gone.
“How could this be? I was just at his show a couple of weeks ago. I had just photographed his portrait for his new album. Texted with him earlier. He played down the “cold” he thought he had. I’ve made a million jokes about the “Rona” and how it’ll “getcha”…boy do I feel stupid.
“If anything can come of this I beg of you to take this seriously. Money doesn’t matter. People are dying. You don’t think It’ll happen to you or your strong family. It has. Stay home if not for you…for others. For my dad. This thing is real. We probably won’t be able to mourn him properly with a funeral.
“I just lost the greatest love of my life and won’t be able to hug anyone because I’ve been exposed and need to self-quarantine for two weeks….alone. I don’t know how to process this. I’ll need all of you to help me with that. Please stay safe. No one is immune to this and it is very real.”
Alan Merrill Cause of Death – Alan Merrill Coronavirus
Alan Merrill’s cause of death was the Coronavirus.
Alan Merrill Net Worth
Information about Alan Merrill’s net worth is being updated.