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‘Undercover Angel’ Singer Alan O’Day Dead At 72

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70s hit maker Alan O'Day, best known for "Undercover Angel"  died on May 17, 2013. He was 72. (credit: AlanODay.com)

70s hit maker Alan O’Day, best known for “Undercover Angel” died on May 17, 2013. He was 72. (credit: AlanODay.com)

WESTWOOD (CBSLA.com) — The LA Times and Hollywood Reporter are reporting that 70s era hit-maker and singer Alan O’Day has died at 72.

O’Day reportedly died at his Westwood home.

O’Day is best known for the pop hit “Undercover Angel,” a #1 smash in 1977.

He penned some of the biggest hits of the 70s, for singers like Helen Reddy (“Angie Baby”) and the Righteous Brothers (“Rock and Roll Heaven”).

“Angie Baby” was a #1 for Reddy and “Rock and Roll Heaven” went to #3 for the Righteous Brothers.

He also wrote hits for Bobby Sherman (“The Drum”) and Cher (“Train of Thought.”)

After he left the recording business, he and a partner found particular success writing songs for children’s programming. He won an Emmy for “Muppet Babies,” a show he wrote more than 100 songs for.

According to several reports, O’Day died Friday from brain cancer which he battled for about half a year.

Friend and Grammy-winning songwriter Diane Warren wrote on Twitter, “If there’s a Rock n Roll Heaven, well U know they got one hell of a band. The band just got better, my friend. RIP.”

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