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The songwriter wrote for other artists and had his own hit recording with 'Undercover Angel' in 1977

May 20, 2013
  • Alan O'Day wrote and performed the No. 1 hit single, "Undercover Angel."
Alan O'Day wrote and performed the No. 1 hit single, "Undercover… (File photo, Los Angeles…)

Alan O'Day

Songwriter had hit with 'Undercover Angel'

Alan O'Day, 72, who wrote popular songs for other artists, including Helen Reddy and the Righteous Brothers, but scored his own No. 1 single with "Undercover Angel" in 1977, died Friday at his home in Westwood. The cause was cancer, according to his manager, Ken Kaufman.

"Undercover Angel," with a bouncy, infectious melody, was also used for film and television soundtracks, including "Super 8" in 2011 and "Charlie's Angels" in 2000.

Earlier, O'Day wrote "Rock and Roll Heaven," a popular song for the Righteous Brothers, "Train of Thought," recorded by Cher, "The Drum" for Bobby Sherman and "Angie Baby," which was a No. 1 hit for Reddy in 1974.

Born in Hollywood, O'Day grew up in the Coachella Valley area. He later divided his time between Nashville and Los Angeles.

Among other projects, he co-wrote nearly 100 songs for the long-running CBS animated series "The Muppet Babies."

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