(PCM) Alan O’Day, the talented and sometimes quirky writer of many popular songs for artists like the Righteous Brothers, Cher and Helen Reddy, lost his battle with cancer on Friday, his record label announced. He was 72.
The songwriter, producer and artist died at his home in Westwood, Calif. surrounded by family and friends.
He even made his own Number 1 Billboard hit with 1977′s “Undercover Angel,” “Alan continued to write and perform until his last days,” a statement from 1st Phase Records reads. “Alan was a generous man who gave his heart and soul to the music industry.”
He began with several of his own bands in the late 1950s, and even went to work on movie soundtracks (Eegah! and Wild Guitar come to mind) O’Day signed with Warner Brothers Records in 1971, later writing “Train of Thought” for Cher, “Rock and Roll Heaven” for the Righteous Brothers, and the 1974 No. 1 “Angie Baby” by Helen Reddy.
1977 landed him at the top of the Hot 100 with his own single, “Undercover Angel.” 1980′s “Skinny Girls” was a popular novelty hit.
In the 1980s, O’Day teamed up with Janis Liebhart to co-write dozens of songs for the popular “Muppet Babies” cartoons.
Throughout his career, O’Day’s songs were performed by artists ranging from Johnny Mathis, the 5th Dimension, Tom Jones, Dusty Springfield, Tony Orlando, Three Dog Night and Paul Anka, among others.
O’Day is survived by his wife, Yuka.