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Popular ‘Love Rock ‘N’ Roll’ Songwriter Dies Of Coronavirus

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The co-writer and original singer of I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll, Alan Merrill, has died after contracting coronavirus.

His daughter Laura shared the news, saying the 69-year-old had been healthy enough to play shows a few weeks ago.

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“He played down the ‘cold’ he thought he had,” she wrote, before warning other families not to be complacent.

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“You don’t think It’ll happen to you or your strong family. It has,” she wrote. “Stay home if not for you, for others. For my dad. This thing is real.”

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I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll became a global hit for Joan Jett in 1982 and has been covered by artists ranging from Britney Spears to Weird Al Yankovic.

A parody version, I Love Sausage Rolls, was last year’s Christmas number one in the UK, with proceeds going to charity.

Musicians hit by coronavirus

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Coronavirus also claimed the life of country singer Joe Diffie over the weekend, while the family of Nashville legend John Prine said he was critically ill on a ventilator and being treated for Covid-19 symptoms.

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Prine, an influential singer-songwriter who is known for lyrical, melancholy folk songs like Hello In There and Angel From Montgomery, has previously survived cancer twice.

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As news of his condition broke, musicians including Joan Baez, Bette Midler and Kacey Musgraves sent the Grammy Award winner their love and support.

Alan Merrill, who was born Allan Preston Sachs in New York, had a long and varied career as a musician. He signed his first record deal as lead singer of the band The Lead, who had a big hit in Japan with Aoi Bara (Blue Rose).

After releasing two successful solo albums and hosting TV shows and acting in soap operas, he left Japan for the UK in 1974 to form The Arrows, who put a glam rock sheen on classic pop melodies.

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The group scored hits with A Touch Too Much and My Last Night With You, and I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll was written by Merrill and guitarist Jake Hooker as “a knee-jerk response to the Rolling Stones’ It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll (But I Like It)” in 1975.

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Originally issued on the B-side of The Arrows’ single Broken Down Heart, it became a hit after DJs started playing the flip side instead.

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Its success led to the band getting a weekly ITV series, with musical guests including Marc Bolan, Slade and The Bay City Rollers – and that was where US singer Joan Jett first heard, and fell in love with, I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll.

In the mid-1970s, Jett tried to convince her band The Runaways to cover it but they refused. When the band broke up, Jett recorded it and spent seven weeks at the top of the Billboard chart.

After his death, she paid tribute to Merrill on Instagram, writing: “My thoughts and love go to his family, friends and music community as a whole. I can still remember watching The Arrows on TV in London and being blown away by the song that screamed hit to me.

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“With deep gratitude and sadness, wishing him a safe journey to the other side.”

Merrill later joined Meat Loaf’s band for two albums and played with Rick Derringer.

Writing on Facebook, Meat Loaf said: “Let this be a lesson to all of us, try to stay in touch with the people you really love and care about. Life is very short. Alan I am sorry that I didn’t reach out to you years ago. I love you very much.”

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D’banj Finally Opens Up On N-power Fraud Allegation

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Nigerian singer, Oladapo Oyebanji, popularly known better as D’banj, has called on the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to carry out its investigation thoroughly while urging the general public to resist the urge to buy into media sensationalism.

He lamented that the media has been awash with reports of him being in ICPC’s custody concerning unestablished allegations of fraud.

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He said it has become crucial to make a statement for clarity and to set public records straight.

This was contained in a statement issued on Wednesday by Maryam El-Yakub Musa, the legal adviser to D’banj.

Recall that ICPC on Wednesday confirmed the arrest and detention of D’Banj, over the investigation of fraud associated with the N-Power Programme.

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However, D’banj said he has no contractual or incidental relationship whatsoever with any group or persons within or outside the Government.

Part of the statement read: “It is instructive to state foremost that the report concerning the arrest and detention of Mr Daniel Oladapo Oyebanjo is misconceived, malicious and prejudicial to the justice system anywhere in the world, and we would advise that the general public be well guided.

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“For the record, D’banj has no such contractual or incidental relationship whatsoever with any group or persons within or outside the Government in relation to the disbursement, operations, access or control of the operation of any government fund through an agency or its subsidiaries.

“D’banj has encouraged the Commission to carry out its investigation thoroughly to ensure that characters attempting to bring him into such ridiculous activities must be brought to book.

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Mr Macaroni Blasts Social Media User Over N-Power Fraud Comment

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Famous Nigerian skit maker and social activist, Debo Adebayo, known as Mr Macaroni, has called out a Twitter user who mentioned him in a post about the N-Power fraud allegation.

Recall that the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, had confirmed that Nigerian singer Oladapo Oyebanji, popularly known as D’Banj, on Wednesday submitted himself for investigation over allegations of fraud associated with the N-Power Programme.

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But, while reacting to the report about D’banj’s arrest, @ennyola0015 wrote: “Imagine it was @mrmacaronii that was arrested for alleged N-Power fraud, not D’banj.

People could have said the government are after the opposing voices.”

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However, the post didn’t sit well with Mr Macaroni, who in turn took to his Twitter handle to express his displeasure, slamming the tweep.

He wrote, “Why not imagine that it was your father that was arrested?

“What would people say?

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“Since we are all imagining.”

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VIDEO: Excited Portable Displays Floor Filled With Money

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Habeeb Okikiola popularly known as Portable. Photo: @portablebaeby/Instagram

Controversial singer and songwriter, Habeeb Okikiola popularly known as Portable has revealed that he will only attend shows where he will be sprayed money.

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The ‘Zaazu crooner’ made this in a video posted on his Instagram handle where he was seen flaunting money sprayed on him at a recent show he attended.

He said, “Wahala free money. Wahala owo awon fans. Awon fans spray money. See money. Akoi grace, you have seen it? After paying show money, they sprayed me money. Na where dem dey spray money I wan dey go. I no go where dem no dey spray money.”

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Portable also added that he doesn’t want to be addressed as an ‘upcoming artist’ as upcoming singers don’t go on tours.

The singer bragged that he has ‘cashed out’ and is already having a ‘detty December’, a term youngsters use to describe abundance of cash and enjoyment in the month of December.

 

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