Arthur Alexander

Real Name:
Arthur Bernard Alexander Jr.
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Born: May 10, 1940, Florence, Alabama
Died: June 9, 1993, Nashville, Tennessee

Arthur Alexander was a southern soul/ country soul singer who was one of the first to record at a prototype Muscle Shoals Studio. In fact, the money from the hit "You'd Better Move On" enabled Rick Hall to properly develop these studios.

Alexander never really made a splash as a singer: especially, after suffering health problems that forced him to retire from the music business in 1975. A 1993 comeback album was well received by audiences and critics alike, but a comeback tour was cut short by his premature death from heart failure in its early stages.

Despite having a few minor hits, Alexander is better known for other people's versions of his songs. The Beatles and The Rolling Stones owe a debt to this singer from Alabama, USA. His tragic, harmony-laden 'Anna' was covered on The Beatles - Please Please Me, and 'You Better Move On' appears on The Rolling Stones - The Rolling Stones EP. Other artists who've sung Alexander-penned songs include Elvis Presley - Burning Love / It's A Matter Of Time. Also, 'If It's Really Got to Be This Way' appears on Robert Plant - Sixty Six To Timbuktu and 'Every Day I Have to Cry Some' on Ike & Tina Turner - River Deep-Mountain High. Alexander sings in a soft, low crooning style somewhat akin to Sam Cooke.
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Albums

DLP 3434 You Better Move On — Arthur Alexander Arthur Alexander You Better Move On (Album, Comp) Dot Records DLP 3434 Canada 1962 Sell This Version
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2592, M 82592 Arthur Alexander — Arthur Alexander Arthur Alexander Arthur Alexander (Album) Warner Bros. Records 2592, M 82592 US 1972 Sell This Version
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AW 14144 Sing A Song With Me ... — Arthur Alexander Carl Perkins, Arthur Alexander Carl Perkins, Arthur Alexander - Sing A Song With Me ...(LP, Album) Koala (3) AW 14144 US 1979 Sell This Version
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7559-61475-2 Lonely Just Like Me — Arthur Alexander Arthur Alexander Lonely Just Like Me (Album) Elektra Nonesuch 7559-61475-2 Germany 1993 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

45-126 You Better Move On / Anna (Go To Him) — Arthur Alexander Arthur Alexander You Better Move On / Anna (Go To Him) (Single) Dot Records 45-126 US 1962 Sell This Version
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45-16309 You Better Move On — Arthur Alexander Arthur Alexander You Better Move On (Single) Dot Records 45-16309 US 1961 Sell This Version
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45-16387 Anna (Go To Him) / I Hang My Head And Cry — Arthur Alexander Arthur Alexander Anna (Go To Him) / I Hang My Head And Cry (Single) Dot Records 45-16387 US 1962 Sell This Version
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45-16357 Where Have You Been (All My Life) — Arthur Alexander Arthur Alexander Where Have You Been (All My Life) (Single) Dot Records 45-16357 US 1962 Sell This Version
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DEP 655 You Better Move On / Lover, Please / Hey! Baby! / The Wanderer — Arthur Alexander Arthur Alexander You Better Move On / Lover, Please / Hey! Baby! / The Wanderer(7", EP) Dot Records DEP 655 Sweden 1962 Sell This Version
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45-16509 Baby Baby / Pretty Girls Everywhere — Arthur Alexander Arthur Alexander Baby Baby / Pretty Girls Everywhere (Single) Dot Records 45-16509 US 1963 Sell This Version
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45-16454 Dream Girl / I Wonder Where You Are Tonight — Arthur Alexander Arthur Alexander Dream Girl / I Wonder Where You Are Tonight (Single) Dot Records 45-16454 US 1963 Sell This Version
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45-16425 You're The Reason / Go Home Girl — Arthur Alexander Arthur Alexander You're The Reason / Go Home Girl (Single) Dot Records 45-16425 US 1962 Sell This Version
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RE-D 1401 Arthur Alexander — Arthur Alexander Arthur Alexander Arthur Alexander(7", EP) London Records RE-D 1401 UK 1963 Sell This Version
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45-16554 Where Did Sally Go / Keep Her Guessin'  — Arthur Alexander Arthur Alexander Where Did Sally Go / Keep Her Guessin' (7", Single) Dot Records 45-16554 US 1963 Sell This Version
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RE-D 1364 Alexander The Great — Arthur Alexander Arthur Alexander Alexander The Great(7", EP, Mono) London Records, London American Recordings, London Dot RE-D 1364 UK 1963 Sell This Version
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D 367 Black Knight / Ole John Amos — Arthur Alexander Arthur Alexander Black Knight / Ole John Amos (Single) Dot Records D 367 Norway 1964 Sell This Version
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45-16737 Detroit City / You Don't Care — Arthur Alexander Arthur Alexander Detroit City / You Don't Care (Single) Dot Records 45-16737 US 1965 Sell This Version
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45-2572 Show Me The Road / Turn Around (And Try Me) — Arthur Alexander Arthur Alexander Show Me The Road / Turn Around (And Try Me) (Single) Sound Stage 7 45-2572 US 1966 Sell This Version
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HLU 10023 (Baby) For You — Arthur Alexander Arthur Alexander (Baby) For You (Single) Sound Stage 7 HLU 10023 UK 1966 Sell This Version
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45-1060 I Need You Baby / Spanish Harlem — Arthur Alexander Arthur Alexander I Need You Baby / Spanish Harlem (Single) Monument 45-1060 US 1968 Sell This Version
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SS7-2619 Set Me Free / Love's Where Life Begins — Arthur Alexander Arthur Alexander Set Me Free / Love's Where Life Begins (Single) Sound Stage 7 SS7-2619 US 1968 Sell This Version
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SS7-2626 Bye Bye Love / Another Place, Another Time — Arthur Alexander Arthur Alexander Bye Bye Love / Another Place, Another Time (Single) Sound Stage 7 SS7-2626 US 1969 Sell This Version
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SS7-2652 Cry Like A Baby — Arthur Alexander Arthur Alexander Cry Like A Baby (Single) Sound Stage 7 SS7-2652 US 1969 Sell This Version
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WB 7633 Mr. John / You Got Me Knockin' — Arthur Alexander Arthur Alexander Mr. John / You Got Me Knockin' (Single) Warner Bros. Records WB 7633 US 1972 Sell This Version
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WB 7658 Burning Love / It Hurts To Want It So Bad — Arthur Alexander Arthur Alexander Burning Love / It Hurts To Want It So Bad Warner Bros. Records WB 7658 US 1972 Sell This Version