Arrows (British band)

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The Arrows
Arrows I Love Rock n Roll.jpg
Background information
OriginLondon, England
GenresPop, rock[1]
Years active1974–1977
LabelsRAK
Associated actsLittle Free Rock
Darling
Vodka Collins
Mickie Most
Runner
Past membersAlan 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 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]

Career[edit]

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 UK 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 1960s 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 number 51 in the UK chart 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 number 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 to have hit records before their weekly TV series, and no records released 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] The song was the B-side of "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" in series 19, episode 53,[15] the b-side of the band's single "Touch Too Much".

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

Discography[edit]

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
  • 2015 First Hit (Japanese reissue with bonus tracks)

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 number 8)[17]
1974 "Toughen Up"
(Nicky Chinn / Mike Chapman)
"Diesel Locomotive Dancer"
(Alan Merrill / Jake Hooker)
RAK 182 (UK number 51)[10]
1975 "My Last Night with You"
(Roger Ferris)
"Movin' Next Door To You"
(Alan Merrill / Jake Hooker)
RAK 189 (UK number 25)[17]
1975 "Broken Down Heart"
(Roger Ferris)
"I Love Rock 'n' Roll"
(Alan Merrill / Jake Hooker)
RAK 205 [18]
1975 "I Love Rock 'n' Roll"
(Alan Merrill / Jake Hooker)
"Broken Down Heart"
(Roger Ferris)
RAK 205 [19]
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:

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]

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  11. ^ "The Arrows Enduring Legacy - From Bill Harry's "Rock N Pop Shop"". Alanmerrill.tumblr.com. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  12. ^ Currin, Brian. "South African Rock Lists Website - SA Charts 1969 - 1989 Acts (A)". Rock.co.za. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
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  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 November 2016. Retrieved 23 April 2015.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  17. ^ 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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