Jake Hooker (musician)

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Jake Hooker
Birth nameJerry Mamberg
Born(1953-05-03)May 3, 1953
Haifa, Israel
DiedAugust 4, 2014(2014-08-04) (aged 61)
Malibu, California, U.S.
  • Musician
  • manager
Years active1972–1978
Associated actsArrows

Jerry Mamberg (May 3, 1953 – August 4, 2014), better known as Jake Hooker & Jake Hooker Richards, was a musician, best known as the guitarist for the rock/pop band Arrows.


Hooker was born in Haifa, Israel, but his family moved to the United States when he was a child.[1] Hooker himself moved to England in the 1970s. Hooker joined forces with his friend Alan Merrill, already a star in Japan, to found the band Streak in 1972, which evolved into the Arrows.[2] The band had several hit records produced by Mickie Most.[3] Hooker and Merrill wrote the song "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" for the Arrows. It was a response to The Rolling Stones' "It's Only Rock 'n Roll (But I Like It)".[4][5][6] The song, recorded in 1975 and originally relegated by Most to a b-side, has gone on to become a rock classic.[6] The Arrows broke ground by hosting their own weekly TV series Arrows on the UK Granada ITV network, which showcased many top glam rock acts.[2][7]

Hooker married actress/singer Lorna Luft in London on Valentine's Day 1977.[8][9] Hooker retired as a musician in 1978 when the Arrows disbanded, moving to Los Angeles to manage Luft. Their marriage ended in divorce, following which he continued to reside in Los Angeles, working as a publisher, producer, manager, and entrepreneur, until his death.

Hooker died in Malibu on August 4, 2014, aged 61.[10][11]


Hooker and Luft were divorced in 1993.[12] They have two children together, a son Jesse (b. April 1984) and a daughter Vanessa (b. September 1990).


  1. ^ Alvarez, Guille (2014) "Jake Hooker (1953-2014): Yo amo el rock'n'roll", La Vanguardia, August 7, 2014. Retrieved August 7, 2014
  2. ^ a b Hodkinson, Mark (2013) Marianne Faithfull: As Years Go By, Omnibus Press, ISBN 978-1780388373
  3. ^ Taylor, Paul (1985), Popular Music Since 1955: A Critical Guide to the Literature, Mansell Publishing, ISBN 978-0720117271, p. 184
  4. ^ "Homefront", Billboard, December 5, 1998, p. 130. Retrieved August 6, 2014
  5. ^ Pollock, Bruce (2005) Rock Song Index: The 7500 Most Important Songs for the Rock and Roll Era, Routledge, ISBN 978-0415970730, p. 163
  6. ^ a b Bronson, Fred (2000) "Billboard's" Hottest Hot 100 Hits: Top Songs and Song Makers, 1955 to 2000, Billboard Books, ISBN 978-0823077380, p. 224, 341
  7. ^ Thompson, Dave (2009) London's Burning: True Adventures on the Front Lines of Punk 1976-1977, Chicago Review Press, p. 144
  8. ^ "From the Music Capitals of the World: London", Billboard, February 26, 1977, p. 79. Retrieved August 6, 2014
  9. ^ Glassman, Judith (1977) The Year in Music, Columbia House, p. 296
  10. ^ Garrett, Jeremy Lightfoot. "Jake Hooker, A Founder Of 1970s Pop/Rock Group The Arrows, Lorna Luft's Former Husband, Has Died At The Age Of 61, Highlight Hollywood News". Highlight Hollywood. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  11. ^ Valdizán, Rafael (2014) "Murió Jake Hooker, coautor del tema "I Love Rock 'n' Roll"", El Comercio, August 7, 2014. retrieved August 7, 2014
  12. ^ Moore, Paul (1998) "In Judy Garland's dark maternal shadow", Baltimore Sun, May 24, 1998. Retrieved August 6, 2014

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