RIP Alan O’Day

We all (well, all of us of a certain age) have that one 45 RPM single that enticed us into the world of listening to the radio, that one single that we heard and then had to own. For me, and for many of my friends in the summer of 1977, it was “Undercover Angel” by Alan O’Day. I remember first hearing it on WIFI-92 FM and then having to have the single.


Alan O’Day passed away this weekend after a six month battle with brain cancer. He also wrote, among many others, the haunting and enigmatic “Angie Baby” for Helen Reddy. We’ve lost yet another icon of the 1970s.

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Glenn Walker is a professional writer, and editor-in-chief and contributing writer at Biff Bam Pop!. A blogger, podcaster, and reviewer of pop culture in all its forms, he's done stints in radio, journalism and video retail. Ask him anything about movies, television, music, or especially comics or French fries, and you’ll be hard pressed to stump him or shut him up.

Posted on May 20, 2013, in 1970s, alan o'day, childhood, music, nostalgia, obit, one hit wonder, wifi. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Don't forget that Alan O'Day wrote a song that was immensely important to people of my era- the Muppet Babies theme song! (I had friends in high school who would talk about how deep that show was. Muppet Babies was Tolkeinesque to those teens.)

  2. Oh, I hadn't heard. That's too bad. And funny – I would have placed "Undercover Angel" a few years earlier than '77.

  3. Honestly I would have bet earlier than that too, but it's 1977.

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