Arrows (British band)

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This article is about the British 1970s group. For other bands of that name, see Arrow (disambiguation).
Arrows I Love Rock n Roll.jpg
Background information
Origin London, England
Genres Pop, rock
Years active 1974–1977
Labels RAK
Associated acts Little Free Rock, Darling, Vodka Collins, Mickie Most, Runner
Past members Alan Merrill
Jake Hooker
Paul Varley
Terry Taylor

Arrows were an English American band based in London, England. The group, which formed in 1974 and disbanded in 1977, included singer/bassist Alan Merrill, guitarist Jake Hooker and drummer Paul Varley. They had top 30 UK chart hit singles in 1974 and 1975 with "Touch Too Much", "My Last Night With You" and "I Love Rock 'n' Roll," all produced by Mickie Most on RAK Records.[1]

Arrows had two 14-week television shows in the UK called Arrows in 1976 and 1977, which was broadcast on Granada Television and produced by Muriel Young. They are the only band to have two weekly TV series and no records released during the run of either series, a result of a conflict between the band's manager Ian Wright of the M.A.M. Agency and the group's mentor/producer Mickie Most. Each series consisted of 14 shows, 30 minutes in length. There were 28 shows broadcast in total. Their final single, "Once Upon a Time", was released two months before the first show of their first series in 1976. Joan Jett became aware of "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" while on tour with her band the Runaways in England in 1976 and saw the group perform the song on their weekly show.[2]

The first manager of Arrows was Peter Meaden, who had also managed The Who in the early 1960s.[3] He came up with the band's name, which originates from The Who's logo, with the arrow pointing up.

One of Liverpool's most renowned Beatles biographers and editor of 60s British invasion bible Mersey Beat, Bill Harry wrote his first published book about the Arrows, (Arrows : The Official Story) published on Everest books in 1976.

Arrows founding band members Paul Varley (1952-2008) and Jake Hooker (1953-2014) have both died, leaving Alan Merrill the only surviving member of the original trio.

Terry Taylor who joined the band in the fall of 1976 for the band's second weekly TV series is currently with Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings band.

The Arrows song "Moving Next Door To You" (composed by Alan Merrill and Jake Hooker) was used on the BBC1 TV show Homes Under The Hammer series 18 episode 70 in England, first air date Feb. 5th 2015.
The song was the b-side of their RAK records top 30 hit single "My Last Night With You" produced by Mickie Most in 1975.


The album[edit]

  • First Hit - LP - (1976)


  • "Touch Too Much" (N.Chinn/M.Chapman) b/w "We Can Make It Together" (A.Merrill/J.Hooker) (1974) UK No. 8[4]
  • "Toughen Up" (N.Chinn/M.Chapman) b/w "Diesel Locomotive Dancer" (A.Merrill/J.Hooker) (1974)
  • "My Last Night With You" (R.Ferris) b/w "Movin' Next Door To You" (A.Merrill/J.Hooker) (1975) UK No. 25[4]
  • "Hard Hearted" (R.Ferris) b/w "My World Is Turning On Love" (A.Merrill/J.Hooker) (1975)
  • "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" (A.Merrill/J.Hooker) b/w "Broken Down Heart" (R.Ferris) (1975)
  • "Once Upon A Time" (B.Martin/P.Coulter) b/w "Boogiest Band In Town" (B.Martin/P.Coulter) (1976)

Archival releases[edit]

  • First Hit (reissue with bonus tracks) - CD - (1998)
  • Singles Collection Plus (2001)
  • Tawny Tracks (2002)
  • A's B's and Rarities (2004)


  1. ^ Harry, Bill (1976). Arrows : The Official Story. Everest Books. ISBN 0-903925-61-3. 
  2. ^ "Ten hits you may not know were cover versions". BBC News. Retrieved 14 October 2014
  3. ^ [1] Alan Merrill journal
  4. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 30. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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