Jake Hooker (1953-2014)

Though Joan Jett & the Blackhearts’ version is far better known, “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” was co-written by Jake Hooker and Alan Merrill and first recorded by their band, The Arrows:

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3 thoughts on “Jake Hooker (1953-2014)

  1. The Arrows were a wonderful band. Alan was the songwriter and lyricist and Jake was the motivator, the business guy. It is a fascinating and intricate story. Just think , if only Alan’s brilliant song “I Love Rock’n’Roll” had been re-released during the span of their absolute dominance of teen pop shows, it would certainly have been as big a smash for the Arrows in the UK as it was later in the USA for Joan Jett. Joan’s version didn’t do as well in the UK, the song was already pretty well known and her biker chick image had been done by Suzi Quatro, Arrows friend and label mate, years before. It didn’t quite fit the post punk new wave of the UK of the time, but the incredible strength of this song got her as high as #4 in the chart even though it wasn’t in step with the trend. It’s an amazing song, for its power, one of many brilliant Alan Merrill compositions that should have made the Arrows enormous stars but for a dispute with the impresario Mickie Most, who just about shut them right down for taking on management against his wishes. Jake went into management and producing, Alan is still writing, recording and gigging and working incredibly hard, having never really achieved the recognition he deserved for his songwriting. I know that the Arrows split pretty acrimoniously, but Jake’s loss is desperately sad, for Alan and for all the fans, especially after losing Paul just six years ago. My heart goes out to Jake’s wife and kids.

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