Arrows (British band)

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This article is about the British 1970s group. For other bands of that name, see Arrow (disambiguation).
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 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] "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" was later covered by Joan Jett in 1981[2] and Britney Spears in 2002.

Arrows had two 14-week television shows called Arrows in 1976 and 1977 on Granada Television, 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.

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.


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. ^ Joan Jett bio at
  3. ^
  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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