Arthur Alexander

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Arthur 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

Arthur Alexander - You Better Move On album art Arthur Alexander You Better Move On (Album) Dot Records Canada 1962 Sell This Version
Arthur Alexander - Arthur Alexander album art Arthur Alexander Arthur Alexander (Album) Warner Bros. Records US 1972 Sell This Version
Arthur Alexander - Lonely Just Like Me album art Arthur Alexander Lonely Just Like Me (Album) Elektra Nonesuch Germany 1993 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Arthur Alexander - You Better Move On album art Arthur Alexander You Better Move On (Single) Dot Records US 1961 Sell This Version
Arthur Alexander - Anna (Go To Him) / I Hang My Head And Cry album art Arthur Alexander Anna (Go To Him) / I Hang My Head And Cry (Single) Dot Records US 1962 Sell This Version
Arthur Alexander - Soldier Of Love / Where Have You Been (All My Life) album art Arthur Alexander Soldier Of Love / Where Have You Been (All My Life) (Single) Dot Records US 1962 Sell This Version
DLP 434 Arthur Alexander - You Better Move On album art Arthur Alexander You Better Move On(7", Jukebox) Dot Records DLP 434 US 1962 Sell This Version
Arthur Alexander - You're The Reason / Go Home Girl album art Arthur Alexander You're The Reason / Go Home Girl (Single) Dot Records US 1962 Sell This Version
RE-D 1401 Arthur Alexander - Arthur Alexander album art Arthur Alexander Arthur Alexander(7", EP) London Records RE-D 1401 UK 1963 Sell This Version
45-16554 Arthur Alexander - Where Did Sally Go / Keep Her Guessin'  album art Arthur Alexander Where Did Sally Go / Keep Her Guessin' (7", Single) Dot Records 45-16554 US 1963 Sell This Version
45-16509 Arthur Alexander - Baby Baby / Pretty Girls Everywhere album art Arthur Alexander Baby Baby / Pretty Girls Everywhere(7", Single) Dot Records 45-16509 US 1963 Sell This Version
45-16454 Arthur Alexander - Dream Girl / I Wonder Where You Are Tonight album art Arthur Alexander Dream Girl / I Wonder Where You Are Tonight(7", Single) Dot Records 45-16454 US 1963 Sell This Version
RE-D 1364 Arthur Alexander - Alexander The Great album art Arthur Alexander Alexander The Great(7", EP, Mono) London Records RE-D 1364 UK 1963 Sell This Version
Arthur Alexander - Black Knight / Ole John Amos album art Arthur Alexander Black Knight / Ole John Amos (Single) Dot Records Norway 1964 Sell This Version
Arthur Alexander - Detroit City / You Don't Care album art Arthur Alexander Detroit City / You Don't Care (Single) Dot Records US 1965 Sell This Version
Arthur Alexander - You Better Move On / Anna (Go To Him) album art Arthur Alexander You Better Move On / Anna (Go To Him) (Single) Dot Records US 1965 Sell This Version
Arthur Alexander - Show Me The Road / Turn Around (And Try Me) album art Arthur Alexander Show Me The Road / Turn Around (And Try Me) (Single) Sound Stage 7 US 1966 Sell This Version
Arthur Alexander - (Baby) For You album art Arthur Alexander (Baby) For You (Single) Sound Stage 7 UK 1966 Sell This Version
HLU 10023 Arthur Alexander - (Baby) For You album art Arthur Alexander (Baby) For You(7", Single, MP) London Monument HLU 10023 UK 1966 Sell This Version
Arthur Alexander - Set Me Free / Love's Where Life Begins album art Arthur Alexander Set Me Free / Love's Where Life Begins (Single) Sound Stage 7 US 1968 Sell This Version
Arthur Alexander - I Need You Baby / Spanish Harlem album art Arthur Alexander I Need You Baby / Spanish Harlem (Single) Monument US 1968 Sell This Version
Arthur Alexander - Cry Like A Baby album art Arthur Alexander Cry Like A Baby (Single) Sound Stage 7 US 1969 Sell This Version
SS7-2626 Arthur Alexander - Bye Bye Love album art Arthur Alexander Bye Bye Love(7", Single, Promo) Sound Stage 7 SS7-2626 US 1969 Sell This Version
Arthur Alexander - Mr. John / You Got Me Knockin' album art Arthur Alexander Mr. John / You Got Me Knockin' (Single) Warner Bros. Records US 1972 Sell This Version
Arthur Alexander - Burning Love / It Hurts To Want It So Bad album art Arthur Alexander Burning Love / It Hurts To Want It So Bad Warner Bros. Records US 1972 Sell This Version