Arthur Alexander – You Better Move On (1962) & Rainbow Road:The Warner Brothers Recordings (1971/1994)

Posted: June 26, 2010 in Uncategorized
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The story of Arthur Alexander and his legendary talent is not necessarily one of great commercial success. However that talent certainly has solidified his seat among the most renowned of his contemporaries.

Recognized as one of the purveyors of the country-soul genre, Alexander was well respected among his fellow musicians. His 1962 Muscle Shoals recorded hit , You Better Move On, would go on to be covered by the Rolling Stones as his 1963’s Anna (Go To Him), received the same honor by The Beatles. The former was the title track of Alexander’s first LP, which was released by Nashville’s Dot Records.

The success of You Better Move On failed to resurface throughout  the remainder of the 1960’s. His next LP wouldn’t come until 1971 when he recorded an originally self titled album for Warner (re-released in 1994 as  Rainbow Road). After a modest 1975 pop chart success, Every Day I Have To Cry, Alexander retired from the music business and eventually worked as a bus driver for a number of years.

Alexander’s induction into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame prompted his return to recording and performing in 1990. He released his first album in 22 years , 1993’s Lonely Just Like Me. In May of that year, he signed a new recording contract with Elektra. Sadly, it would never yield any production. Arthur Alexander suffered a fatal heart attack just a month after the signing and three days before performing in Nashville with his new band. He was 53.

You Better Move On (1962)

Rainbow Road: The 1971 Warner Bros Recordings (1994)

  1. Edward H. says:

    Unless I’ve got something wrong, Artur Alexander was the one artist to have either written or recorded the first versions of songs later recorded by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, and Elvis Presley. (“Anna,” “Better Move On,” “Sweet Sally Sue Brown” (on Dylan’s Down in the Groove) and “Burning Love” (not written by AA, but recorded by him before Elvis). That’s right, isn’t it?

    Ask most people that as a trivia question and they’ll guess Chuck Berry, but I don’t believe Dylan ever covered him even in an outtake.

    Just an interesting fact that I’ve never seen remarked on.

  2. W says:

    Sweet stuff! Arthur Alexander is one of the greatest of the early soul men. W.

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