Alan Merrill -
- The New York, Bronx born lead singer of The Arrows is currently involved in numerous recording projects. In 2004, Alan Merrill released a new solo album, featuring his own compositions exclusively. It's out now, for sale as of September 7th, 2004. On the new album, which is titled "Aleecat", the recording's rhythm section features the mighty Pete Phipps on drums (Gary Glitter Band / XTC / Eurythmics), and Dave Glover (Brian Connolly's Sweet / Slade) on bass. This is the same core band that played on Merrill's 2002 album "Cupid Deranged", with Alan on guitar and lead vocals. Basic tracks were recorded in London, and overdubs and mixing done in New York City.
He also released a 23 song solo album dedicated to songwriters Arthur Alexander and Otis Blackwell, titled "Double Shot Rocks". It received rave reviews. The album is available, released in April of 2003. Of course in 2002 Alan Merrill issued a career retrospective abum titled "Cupid Deranged", which was a musical look over the shoulder, re-recording songs spanning his long and interesting career. These albums are easy to obtain on the internet, stocked in most of the well known internet stores, or on order at your local shops.
More recent news, Alan Merrill's debut album as a singer songwriter, "Merrill 1" has been reissued in June 2006. A new solo album titled "At The Candy Shop is released in September 2006. Also, his Japan based band Vodka Collins have released a compilation re-issue album titled "Boys In The Band", on Polystar records. It was released August 25th '05. Vodka Collins' debut album "Tokyo-New York" was re-issued on EMI Japan on April 20th, 2005. Lots of current activity for Alan since the Millennium.
In the late 1990's Alan Merrill released four albums with his Tokyo based band Vodka Collins, and also recorded two albums with the New York based Jon Tiven Group as lead vocalist. On these albums Merrill also had duets with music legend Arthur Alexander, and rock poet Jim "Basketball Diaries" Carroll. As a songwriter Alan has written the title tracks of albums by such diverse artists as Lou Rawls, Joan Jett, Freddie Scott, The Arrows, Vodka Collins, Chuck Jackson, The Jon Tiven Group, and Felix Cavaliere. Alan has recently co-written and recorded songs with R&B greats Don Covay and Teenie Hodges. The most recent news is that the Arrows Merrill and Hooker classic rock composition "I Love Rock 'n Roll" has been recorded by megastar Britney Spears, and is on her new 2001, #1 album release "Britney". The Joan Jett multi platinum 1982 version of the song is an enduring international rock n roll anthem. Merrill has had over 200 of his compositions recorded on many commercially released albums over the years.
Some little known facts about Alan Merrill- He was elected a New York Chapter Governor for NARAS, the Grammy Awards organization, for two terms in the 1980's.
Alan Merrill's composition "When The Night Comes", as recorded by R&B great Lou Rawls on Epic records in 1983, was taken into space by the first black astronaut in history, Gulon Bluford. It was the first LP ever in outer space, and Alan Merrill wrote the title track! The album "When The Night Comes" by Rawls also won two Beach Awards for best album, and the recording has a five star rating (full marks) in Rolling Stone Magazine's album guide.
Alan Merrill is featured prominently in the harmonies on the Nemperor label album "Paxton" featring neo-glam rocker Jann Paxton. The album which won the GLAMA (Gay and Lesbian Music Awards) prizes for best new album, and best single in 1997. Joining Merrill on harmonies on that album was his friend and fellow 70s pop star John Waite of the Babys.
Alan was featured in a Nissan car commercial as a model in 1970, for the Nissan Sunny Excellent 1200 campaign. It was the biggest ad campaign ever by Nissan at the time, and the ad ran 200 times a day on Japanese TV on all channels!
Merrill has nearly finished writing, and is currently putting the finishing touches on a 350 page autobiography to be released in the near future. Since the Arrows he has been in the bands Meat Loaf, Runner, Derringer, Vodka Collins, the Jon Tiven Group. He has also acted in a starring role as the character Casey Sparks in the HBO TV series "Encyclopedia Brown", writing and performing the show's theme song "Who Done It?" in the production. In 1985 Merrill released a critically acclaimed solo album on Polydor, which included cameo guest appearances by Steve Winwood, Dallas Taylor, and Mick Taylor. This album has been re-issued as "Never Pet a Burning Dog" and can be purchased by inquiring at firstname.lastname@example.org along with several other Merrill recordings including the newest albums "At The Candy Shop" - "The Face Of 69 " (2010), "Numbers" (2011), "Snakes and Ladders" (2012), "Songer Singwriter" (2013) and the eternal annual reissue, a holiday album "A Merrilly Christmas".Alan Merrill has been married twice, and has three children. Two from his first marriage to international supermodel Cathee Dahmen, who died in the 1990s of emphysema. He has since remarried, and has had one child with his second wife. Until recently, Alan had three places of residence, one on the upper east side of Manhattan in New York City, one in the Hiroo section of Tokyo, and a small pied a terre right off of the Boulevard Saint Germain, on the left bank in Paris. He has spent a lot of time on planes! Lately however, Alan has been working and on recording projects and playing shows in his home town New York City. A hopelessly romantic soul, and the dreamer of the Arrows, Alan Merrill will surely be making great music for us for many years to come. He continues to tour live solo acoustic and band backed electric performances internationally.
Jake Hooker -
-The guitarist of the Arrows is now a full fledged rock manager, with his companies Hookent and Edge Management, he has guided the careers of such acts as: Edgar Winter, Al Jardine, Rick Derringer, Hilly Michaels, Eddie Money, Missing Persons, Orleans, Player, Uriah Heep, and The Knack. Jake is also involved as an executive producer and creative director in many Hollywood film and TV productions. Israeli born, New York raised from infancy, Hooker was formerly married to the daughter of the late Judy Garland, Lorna Luft. Luft has written a book titled "Me and My Shadows" documenting their stormy relationship. They had two children during the marriage, Jesse, and Vanessa. This makes Jake the father of Judy Garland's grandchildren. The Arrows legacy extends far and wide indeed! His last project as a musician was a group called Gigolo, with singer Paul Vigrass. They recorded an album in 1979 which was never released, and Jake then retired as a muscian.
Some little known facts about Jake Hooker- As a manager, in 1979 Jake got Hilly Michaels a million dollar deal with Warner Brothers records, and he orchestrated the deal for the first big budget MTV style video to promote Hilly's single "Calling All Girls". It was a landmark, breakthrough video in the industry.
Jake had a band called Streak before The Arrows. Jake was at that time known by another name, Jake Falsworth, a name he used in that band. The band Streak was originally started in New York by Jake Hooker-Falsworth, Alan Merrill, and drummer John Siomos in 1971. The trio recorded a demo. Merrill and Siomos had other commitments, and both soon dropped out of the band. Jake moved to the UK, and kept Streak going with other musicians. Streak then recorded singles for A&M records, and Deram records, in England, with two different drummers on each single. Drummer David Wesley played on the A&M single, and was later replaced by soon to be Arrow member Paul Varley for the Deram recording . The bassist / vocalist on both of these singles was Ben Brierley, with additional guitars on the Deram single by band member Rick Steele. Eventually Alan Merrill flew in to the UK from Tokyo, leaving his band there (Vodka Collins) and The Arrows were formed out of the ashes of the disbanded groups Vodka Collins and Streak with Paul, Alan, and Jake joining forces .
His children now grown, Jake is now remarried happily, and lives in Los Angeles with his wife. Jake still contributes the occasional song co-writes to recordings and films on various projects, including the song "Shake Me !" recorded by Rick Derringer (which was co-written with Arrow Alan Merrill) in the film "Where The Boys Are ('84)", a song which also appeared on the album "Good Dirty Fun" by Derringer. Most recently Jake's most famous co-write with fellow Arrow, singer Alan Merrill, 1975's "I Love Rock N Roll" has been recorded by Britney Spears and is on her #1 platinum album titled Britney. Hooker has also had songs, written with stellar keyboardist Dwayne Hitchings, in the films "Iron Eagle", "Top Gun", and "Rocky 4". He also has compositions appearing on recordings by acts that he also has managed, Edgar Winter and Eddie Money.
Always the most business minded Arrow, wheeler-dealer Jake has recently started his own record label, Dirty Feet Records, and is signing new young talent. There are already three bands signed to the label, including the all girl band The Buttons and boy band rockers Ace's Down.
Jake Hooker has recently sold out his half writer's share of "I Love Rock 'N Roll" to the Music Sales Group for an undisclosed sum. The song's publishing is still adminstered and licensed by RAK-EMI Music Ltd., and Arrows lead singer Alan Merrill has kept his own half writer's share of the song. Jake is no longer invloved in any business relating to the song as of January 2008.
Born Jerry Mamberg, and after a number of name changes finally best known as Jake Hooker, the Arrows guitarist has recently for reasons unknown changed his name to James H. Richards.Sad news, Jake Hooker passed away August 4th, 2014. He was 61 years old.
Paul Varley -
- The hard hitting drummer of The Arrows' last known released recordings were playing in a London based group called "Darling", his post-Arrows project in the late 1970's, on Tony Stratton Smith's Charisma record label. He was also known to be playing drums in a band with Terry "Iron Lungs" Reid, and UFO's Paul Raymond, in early 1982 in Los Angeles. No recordings were made of that project that we know of, but they did at least one confirmed live show in LA. Before he played with Terry Reid, in early 1982, Paul had a band called the Ruffians with guitarist Frank Dimino, bassist John Brandt (ex-Cheap Trick) and keyboard/guitarist Paul Raymond (of bands UFO, and Waysted) as the line up. These were Paul's last musical projects, according to close friends we have interviewed recently. Not much is known about Preston Lancashire born Paul today, but it is rumoured that he has been a set designer for films in Hollywood, and a consultant-coach for the US actors' British accents, and rock 'n roll attitude, for the film film "Spinal Tap". Before his involvement with The Arrows, Paul was drummer for underground UK blues-rock groups Little Free Rock, Ginger Johnson's African Drums, and Purple Haze.
He moved back to his country of origin, England, in Sept. 2005, and settled in London for the first time in many years, mainly to take advantage of the free health care system in the UK, as his health was deteriorating and he required expensive treatment, having contracted a nearly terminal case of pneumonia in Los Angeles. US health care is phenomenally expensive, so a move back to England was sensible thing to do for good treatment on the national Health service.
In the summer of 2008 Paul was again being treated for a bad bout of pneumonia and sadly lost his fight with the illness and passed away on July 2nd 2008 in his sleep of a heart attack, which was related to his previous condition.
His funeral was held on July 18th in Preston Lacashire, his hometown.Paul Varley R.I.P.
Terry Taylor -
- British born Terry is the former guitarist and leader of the group Tuckey Buzzard, produced by Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones. He was the last member to join The Arrows and contributed significantly to the song writing and arrangements of the band. These songs were never recorded, unfortunately, due to a contractual legal problem which prevented The Arrows from recording at all after 1976. The son00gs were heard however, as they were showcased on the Arrows TV series, and Terry's positive contributions were obvious, full and significant.Terry Taylor's first post-Arrows recording project was the band "Sons of Heroes". Terry is currently working as musical director and guitarist with Bill Wyman's all star group The Rhythm Kings, and they are touring this summer of 2004. Bill and Terry are affectionately known as the "Dirt Brothers" in the band, for their love of the funky groove. They have been touring this year, and have a live band including stars Georgie Fame and Albert Lee. The Rhythm Kings have CD's available, and you can find out more about the band and their available recordings at former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman's website, which is easily found on the internet on any search engine. Simply look up www.billwyman.com A little known fact about Terry Taylor is that he was considered as replacement guitarist with the Rolling Stones after Mick Taylor left the band. Ron Wood got the job, but Terry was on the "short list" and was very nearly a Rolling Stone. He has been married once, to a Swedish beauty named Eva, and they had a son named Daniel. A gifted player, Terry Taylor's also an accomplished luthier, and a lute and classical guitar player. He has made a number of classical recordings as well as many of popular rock and blues music.
The Arrows Show! - The band on TV -
"I Want You"! - Alan shouting and pointing -