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.