Arthur Alexander

I will look at another R&B singer who had a Pop Hit in 1962 that would be his only real chart success, but truly this was one the great R&B Singers.

 
Arthur Alexander

(May 10, 1940 – June 9, 1993)

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1.  You Better Move On/ Dot 16309/ April 1962/ #24
2.  A Shot of Rhythm & Blues/ B side
3.  Anna/ Dot/ 1962/ not charted

Arthur Alexander (May 10, 1940 – June 9, 1993), born in Florence, Alabama, was perhaps one of the biggest stars to arise out of the American Country-Soul scene.

Working with Muscle Shoals, a pioneering record label, Alexander’s “You Better Move On” was the label’s first hit and perhaps his best-known song, covered by The Rolling Stones.

Anna (Go to Him)” a US rhythm and blues Top Ten Hit (covered by The Beatles), “Soldier of Love” (covered by The Beatles, Marshall Crenshaw and Pearl Jam) and “Set Me Free” (covered by Esther Phillips and Joe Tex) were also major hits and established Alexander as a pioneering arranger of others’ tunes , as well as an established songwriter in his own right.

He switched to another label, Sound Stage 7 founded by Fred Foster, and although a 1972 album for Warner Brothers was promising, the singer’s potential seemed to wither.

He secured a pop hit with “Every Day I Have To Cry” on Buddah Records (1975), but the success remained short-lived.

For many years, Alexander was out of the music business; he was a bus driver for much of this time.

He began to perform again in 1993 as renewed interest was shown in his small but important catalogue. His last album “Lonely Just Like Me” was his first in 21 years. He signed a new recording/publishing contract in May 1993 but suffered the cruellest fate when he collapsed and died of a heart attack the following month, three days after performing in Nashville with his new band.

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