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Arthur Alexander

Sometimes soul singer – sometimes country song composer – sometimes pop song composer Arthur Alexander holds a unique spot in the world of music – Arthur composed songs recorded by a “Big Three” of sorts: The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and The Beatles!

Arthur Alexander was born on May 10th, 1940 in the small Alabama town of Sheffield.  He began is musical journey recording first as “June” Alexander in 1960 releasing “Sally Sue Brown” and “The Girl That Radiates That Charm” on the Judd record label.

His first charting single came in February of 1962 with a Hot 100 number 24 track “You Better Move On”.  Later that year he followed with “Anna” which reached number 68 on the Hot 100 and went all the way to number 10 on the R&B charts.

“You Better Move On” would be covered by several artists along the way including Billy “Crash” Craddock in 1971 (number 10 Country), Tommy Roe in 1979 who also placed it on the Country charts at number 70.  Ten years later country icon George Jones along with Johnny Paycheck would take it to number 18 Country.

Alexander placed four songs on Billboard’s Hot 100, two on the magazine’s “Bubbling Under” charts and one on the ‘bubbling under’ charts for Record World/Music Vendor publications.

Interestingly, the Rolling Stones would release the song in January of 1964 and placing it on their long play “December’s Children (and Everybody’s)”.

And of course “Anna” would be famously covered by the Beatles and released in February of 1964 on the Vee Jay label.

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And then there was Bob Dylan who included Alexander’s first release “Sally Sue Brown” on his 1988 long play “Down in the Groove” – and thus the ‘Trifecta’ was complete.

Arthur Alexander 45 Discography

Judd 1020 – August, 1960 (as “June” Alexander)

Dot 45-16309 – Charted Number 24 – February, 1962

Dot 45-16325 – April, 1962

Dot 45-16357 – Charted Number 58 – May, 1962 – B Side Charted Number 109 – May, 1962

Dot 45-16387 – Charted Number 68 – October, 1962 – Number 10 R&B

Dot 45-16425 – Charted Number 102 – January, 1963

Dot 45-16454 – February, 1963

Dot 45-16509 – Charted Number 118 – August, 1963

Dot 45-16554 – November, 1963

Dot 45-16616 – May, 1964

Dot 45-16737 – April, 1965

Sound Stage 7 45-2556 – January, 1966

Sound Stage 7 45-2572 – October, 1966

Monument 45-1060 – March, 1968

Sound Stage 6 SS7-2626 – February, 1969

Sound Stage 7 SS7-2652 – January, 1970

Warner Bros. WB 7571 – March, 1972

Warner Bros. WB 7633 – September, 1972

Warner Bros. WB 7658 – November, 1972 (B side “It Hurts So Bad”)

Warner Bros. WB 7676 – February, 1973

Buddah BDA 492 – Charted Number 45 – July, 1975

Buddah BDA 522 – Charted Number 92 R&B – March, 1976

Music Mill MM 1012 – September, 1977

Buddah BDA 602 – November, 1978

Arthur Alexander Long Play Discography

Dot DLP-25434 – You Better Move On – April, 1962

Warner Bros. BS 2592 – Arthur Alexander – February, 1972

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