Arthur Alexander

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Tags: soul southern soul country-soul rnb deep soul Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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10 May 1940, Florence, Alabama, USA, d. 9 June 1993, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Despite his own interpretations, Alexander’s recordings are often better recalled for their inspirational quality. ‘Anna (Go To Him)’, a US R&B Top 10 hit, and ‘You Better Move On’ were covered, respectively, by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, while ‘A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues’ became an essential UK beat staple (notably by Johnny Kidd). Although ‘You Better Move On’ was recorded at the rudimentary Fame studios, Alexander’s subsequent work was produced in Nashville, where his poppier perceptions undermined the edge of his earlier work. Later singles included ‘Go Home Girl’ and the haunting ‘Soldier Of Love (Lay Down Your Arms)’, but his fragile personality was particularly susceptible to pressure. This problem bedevilled his move to another label, Sound Stage 7, and although a 1972 album for Warner Brothers...

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