Arthur Alexander

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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Arthur Alexander Discography

Albums

HA-D.2457 Arthur Alexander You Better Move On (Album) Dot Records HA-D.2457 UK 1962 Sell This Version
BS 2592 Arthur Alexander Arthur Alexander (Album) Warner Bros. Records BS 2592 US 1972 Sell This Version
7559-61475-2 Arthur Alexander Lonely Just Like Me (Album) Elektra Nonesuch 7559-61475-2 Germany 1993 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

45-16309 Arthur Alexander You Better Move On (Single) Dot Records 45-16309 US 1961 Sell This Version
45-16357 Arthur Alexander Soldier Of Love / Where Have You Been (All My Life) (Single) Dot Records 45-16357 US 1962 Sell This Version
45-16387 Arthur Alexander Anna (Go To Him) / I Hang My Head And Cry (Single) Dot Records 45-16387 US 1962 Sell This Version
45-16425 Arthur Alexander You're The Reason / Go Home Girl (Single) Dot Records 45-16425 US 1962 Sell This Version
45-16554 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(7", Single) Dot Records 45-16509 US 1963 Sell This Version
45-16454 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(7", EP, Mono) London Records RE-D 1364 UK 1963 Sell This Version
45-16616 Arthur Alexander Black Knight / Ole John Amos (Single) Dot Records 45-16616 US 1964 Sell This Version
45-16737 Arthur Alexander Detroit City / You Don't Care (Single) Dot Records 45-16737 US 1965 Sell This Version
HLU 10023 Arthur Alexander (Baby) For You (Single) Sound Stage 7 HLU 10023 UK 1966 Sell This Version
SS45-2572 Arthur Alexander Show Me The Road / Turn Around (And Try Me) (Single) Sound Stage 7 SS45-2572 US 1966 Sell This Version
SS7-2619 Arthur Alexander Set Me Free / Love's Where Life Begins (Single) Sound Stage 7 SS7-2619 US 1968 Sell This Version
45-1060 Arthur Alexander I Need You Baby / Spanish Harlem (Single) Monument 45-1060 US 1968 Sell This Version
SS7-2652 Arthur Alexander Cry Like A Baby / Glory Road(7", Single, Promo, Dis) Sound Stage 7 SS7-2652 US 1969 Sell This Version
WB 7633 Arthur Alexander Mr. John / You Got Me Knockin'(7", Single, Promo) Warner Bros. Records WB 7633 US 1972 Sell This Version
WB 7658 Arthur Alexander Burning Love / It Hurts To Want It So Bad(7") Warner Bros. Records WB 7658 US 1972 Sell This Version
WB 7571 Arthur Alexander I'm Comin' Home / It Hurts To Want It So Bad(7", Single, Promo) Warner Bros. Records WB 7571 US 1972 Sell This Version
WB 7633 Arthur Alexander Mr. John(7", Single, Promo) Warner Bros. Records WB 7633 US 1972 Sell This Version
WB 7658 Arthur Alexander Burning Love (Mono/Stereo)(7", Mono, Promo) Warner Bros. Records WB 7658 US 1972 Sell This Version
WB 7676 Arthur Alexander Lover Please / They'll Do It Every Time(7", Single, Promo) Warner Bros. Records WB 7676 US 1973 Sell This Version
BDA-492-N Arthur Alexander Every Day I Have To Cry Some / Everybody Needs Somebody To Love (Single) Buddah Records BDA-492-N US 1975 Sell This Version