Arrows (British band)

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The Arrows
Arrows I Love Rock n Roll.jpg
Background information
Origin London, England
Genres Pop, rock[1]
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

The Arrows were an English American band based in London, England. The group, which formed in 1974 and disbanded in 1977, included American singer/bassist Alan Merrill, American guitarist Jake Hooker and English drummer Paul Varley (original drummer Clive Williams was replaced by 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.[2]

The 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 one month 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.[3]

The band's only US TV appearance was on Don Kirshner's Rock Concert in February 1975. [4] They played their British chart hits "Touch Too Much" and "Toughen Up".

The first manager of The Arrows was Peter Meaden, who had also managed The Who in the early 1960s.[5] 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.

The Arrows founding band members Paul Varley (1952-2008)[6] and Jake Hooker (1953-2014)[7] 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 [8] is currently with Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings band.[9]

The band's second single "Toughen Up" made # 51 in the UK charts in 1974.[10] That year Arrows won the Golden Lion award (Belgium) in the "best new band" category[11] and performed at the ceremonies on Belgian television.

The Arrows highest reaching chart hit was "Touch Too Much" in 1974 which went to #2 in the South African charts and was in the top 20 there for 15 weeks. [12]

Arrows are the only band in the history of the music industry to have hit records before their weekly TV series and no records released at all during the run of their two television series. The band's last single was released a month before their first TV show was broadcast. [13]

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 [14] in England, first air date 5 February 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. After that, the BBC TV show used the Arrows song "We Can Make It Together" (A. Merrill-J.Hooker) in series 19 episode 53 [15] the b-side of the band's top 10 single "Touch Too Much."

The Arrows album First Hit has been reissued in Japan on March 11, 2015 with bonus tracks on Warner Brothers Japan. [16]

Discography[edit]

The album[edit]

  • First Hit - LP - (1976)
    • "Once Upon A Time" (Bill Martin, Phil Coulter)
    • "Love Is Easy" (Alan Merrill, Jake Hooker)
    • "Feelin' this Way" (Merrill, Hooker, P.Varley)
    • "What's Come Between Us" (Merrill, Hooker)
    • "Thanks" (Martin, Coulter)
    • "Love Child" (Humecke, Kelly, Laurenson, MacLearie)
    • "Let Me Love You" (Martin, Coulter)
    • "Don't Worry 'Bout Love" (Merrill, Hooker)
    • "First Hit" (Merrill, Hooker)
    • "Boogiest Band In Town" (Martin, Coulter)
    • "Gotta Be Near You" (Martin, Coulter)

Archival releases[edit]

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

Singles[edit]

Year A-Side B-Side Label Other
1974 "Touch Too Much"
(Nicky Chinn / Mike Chapman)
"We Can Make It Together"
(Alan Merrill / Jake Hooker)
RAK 171 (UK # 8) [17]
1974 "Toughen Up"
(Nicky Chinn / Mike Chapman)
"Diesel Locomotive Dancer"
(Alan Merrill / Jake Hooker)
RAK 182 (UK # 51) [18]
1975 "My Last Night with You"
(Roger Ferris)
"Movin' Next Door To You"
(Alan Merrill / Jake Hooker)
RAK 189 (UK # 25) [17]
1975 "Broken Down Heart"
(Roger Ferris)
"I Love Rock 'n' Roll"
(Alan Merrill / Jake Hooker)
RAK 205 [19]
1975 "I Love Rock 'n' Roll"
(Alan Merrill / Jake Hooker)
"Broken Down Heart"
(Roger Ferris)
RAK 205 [20]
1975 "Hard Hearted"
(Roger Ferris)
"My World Is Turning On Love"
(Alan Merrill / Jake Hooker)
RAK 218
1976 "Once Upon A Time"
(Bill Martin / Phil Coulter)
"Boogiest Band In Town"
(Bill Martin / Phil Coulter)
RAK 231

List of songs[edit]

The following is a sortable table of all songs by Arrows:

  • Titles in bold mean released as a single.
Song Writer(s) Album Producer Year Other
A Love Like Ours Alan Merrill/Terry Taylor Tawny Tracks unknown 2002
Always Another Train Alan Merrill/Jake Hooker/Terry Taylor Tawny Tracks Bill Wyman 1977 unpublished
At The Candy Shop Alan Merrill/Bill Wyman Tawny Tracks unknown 2002
Baby Doll Alan Merrill/Bill Wyman Tawny Tracks unknown 2002
Bam Bam Battering Ram Alan Merrill/Jake Hooker A's, B's, and Rarites Mickie Most 1974 published in 2004
Basing Street Leslie Alan Merrill/Paul Varley/Tetsu Yamauchi Tawny Tracks Bill Wyman 1977
Boogiest Band In Town Bill Martin-Phil Coulter First Hit (LP) Phil Coulter 1976 B-side of Once Upon A Time
Bring Back The Fire Alan Merrill/Jake Hooker/Terry Taylor A's B's & Rarities unknown 1976
Broken Down Heart Roger Ferris Mickie Most 1975 B-side of I Love Rock 'n' Roll
Cheating Woman Alan Merrill/A.B. David Tawny Tracks unknown 2002
Come On, Come On, Baby Alan Merrill Tawny Tracks unknown 2002
Dare You Not To Dance Alan Merrill/Jake Hooker/Terry Taylor Tawny Tracks Bill Wyman 1977
Diesel Locomotive Dancer Alan Merrill/Jake Hooker First Hit (CD) Mickie Most 1974 B-side of Toughen Up
Don't Worry 'Bout Love Alan Merrill/Jake Hooker First Hit (LP) Phil Coulter 1976
Dreamin' Johnny Burnette A's, B's, and Rarites Mickie Most 1974 published in 2004
Faith In You Alan Merrill/Jake Hooker/Terry Taylor A's B's & Rarities unknown 1976-77 published in 2004
Feel So Good Alan Merrill First Hit Phil Coulter 1976
Feelin' this Way Alan Merrill/Jake Hooker//Paul Varley First Hit Phil Coulter 1976
First Hit Alan Merrill/Jake Hooker First Hit Phil Coulter 1976
French Cheating Woman Alan Merrill/A.B. David Tawny Tracks unknown 2002
Goodbyes Don't Bother Me Alan Merrill/Jake Hooker/Terry Taylor Tawny Tracks Bill Wyman 1977 unpublished
Gotta Be Near You Bill Martin-Phil Coulter First Hit Phil Coulter 1976
Hard Hearted R.Ferris Mickie Most 1975 A-side of My World Is Turning On Love
Horny Lips Alan Merrill Tawny Tracks unknown 2002
I Love Rock 'n' Roll Alan Merrill/Jake Hooker Mickie Most 1975 A-side of Broken Down Heart"
International Gypsy Lovers Alan Merrill Tawny Tracks unknown 2002
Let Me Love You Bill Martin-Phil Coulter First Hit Phil Coulter 1976
Love Child Humecke/Kelly/Laurenson/MacLearie First Hit (LP) Phil Coulter 1976
Love Is Easy Alan Merrill/Jake Hooker First Hit (LP) Phil Coulter 1976
Love Rider Alan Merrill/Jake Hooker/Terry Taylor A's B's & Rarities unknown 1976
Motor Running Alan Merrill Tawny Tracks unknown 2002
Movin' Next Door To You Alan Merrill/Jake Hooker Mickie Most 1975 B-side of My Last Night with You
Movin' Next Door To You (New Version) Alan Merrill/Jake Hooker A's B's & Rarities Mickie Most 2004
My Last Night with You Roger Ferris Mickie Most 1975 A-side of Movin' Next Door To You
My World Is Turning On Love Alan Merrill/Jake Hooker First Hit (CD) Mickie Most 1975 B-side of Hard Hearted
Once Upon A Time Bill Martin-Phil Coulter First Hit (LP) Phil Coulter 1976 A-side of "Boogiest Band In Town
Rock N' Roll Hotel Alan Merrill Tawny Tracks unknown 2002
Silver Stallion Alan Merrill Walk Away Renee unknown 1976
Somebody To Love Alan Merrill Tawny Tracks unknown 1977
Thanks Bill Martin-Phil Coulter First Hit (LP) Phil Coulter 1976
The Stranger Alan Merrill Walk Away Renee unknown 1976
Touch Too Much Nicky Chinn/Mike Chapman Mickie Most 1974 A-side of We Can Make It Together
Toughen Up Nicky Chinn/Mike Chapman First Hit (CD) Mickie Most 1974 A-side of Diesel Locomotive Dancer
Wake Up Alan Merrill/Jake Hooker A's, B's, and Rarites Mickie Most 1974 published in 2004
Walk Away Renee Michael Brown/Bob Calilli/Tony Sansone ? Nicky Chinn/Mike Chapman 1974
We Can Make It Together Alan Merrill/Jake Hooker First Hit (CD) Mickie Most 1974 B-side of Touch Too Much
What's Come Between Us Alan Merrill/Jake Hooker First Hit (LP) Phil Coulter 1976
Who Done It? Alan Merrill Tawny Tracks unknown 2002

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.http[permanent dead link]://www.ranker.com/list/glam-rock-bands-and-musicians/reference
  2. ^ Harry, Bill (1976). Arrows : The Official Story. Everest Books. ISBN 0-903925-61-3. 
  3. ^ "Ten hits you may not know were cover versions". BBC News. Retrieved 14 October 2014
  4. ^ http://www.tv.com/shows/don-kirshners-rock-concert/february-8-1975-sparks-stampeders-bill-wyman-arrows-videos-2680556/
  5. ^ [1] Alan Merrill journal
  6. ^ http://announce.jpress.co.uk/lancashire-evening-post/obituary/paul-varley/829541
  7. ^ http://www.newsmax.com/TheWire/jake-hooker-dies-i-love-rock-n-roll-writer/2014/08/08/id/587781/
  8. ^ http://www.alanmerrill.com/pages/press/_filebin/Untitled-1.jpg
  9. ^ http://billwyman.com/2014/01/rhythm-kings-terry-taylor-releases-debut-taylor-made-solo-album/
  10. ^ http://www.musicvf.com/song.php?title=Toughen+Up+by+Arrows&id=132141
  11. ^ http://alanmerrill.tumblr.com/post/39427829851/the-arrows-enduring-legacy-from-bill-harrys
  12. ^ http://www.rock.co.za/files/springbok_top_20_(A).html
  13. ^ http://hailarrows.tumblr.com/post/141302359544/the-arrows-show-the-true-story-about-the
  14. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aaglXseaud8
  15. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7HmgVWTCaU
  16. ^ http://wmg.jp/artist/arrows/WPCR000016200.html
  17. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 30. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  18. ^ http://www.musicvf.com/song.php?title=Toughen+Up+by+Arrows&id=132141
  19. ^ https://www.45cat.com/record/rak205
  20. ^ https://www.discogs.com/Arrows-I-Love-Rock-N-Roll/release/9447978

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