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Passings: Singer/Songwriter Alan O'Day (1940 - 2013)

Singer/songwriter Alan O'Day, whose wrote songs including Rock and Roll Heaven and Angie Baby before scoring his own hit with Undercover Angel, died on Friday after fighting brain cancer. He was 72.

O'Day was a Hollywood baby, born to parents who worked for the Pasadena Star-News. Throughout high school and early adulthood, he played in bands along with working in a number of positions at a b-movie studio.

In 1969, he signed with E.H. Morris Music as a songwriter and had his first minor hit two year's later with Bobby Sherman's The Drum (1971 / #29 Pop / #2 Adult Contemporary). He followed with Cher's Train of Thought (1974 / #27 Pop / #9 Adult Contemporary), the Righteous Brother's Rock and Roll Heaven (1974 / #3 Pop) and Helen Reddy's Angie Baby (1974 / #1 Pop / #1 Adult Contemporary).

O'Day tried moving into recording for the first time in 1973 with Caress Me Pretty Music but it went nowhere and it was four years before he recorded his followup, Appetizers, which contained the number one hit Undercover Angel. It was his only big seller as a solo artist in the U.S. although he had a hit in Australia with Skinny Girl and another in Japan with Your Eyes.

During the 80's, Alan and Janis Liebhart collaborated on over one hundred songs for the cartoon series Muppet Babies and followed up with their own series of videos, National Geographic's Really Wild Animals.

O'Day had been battling brain cancer for six months.


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