ARTHUR ALEXANDER ‘UNSUNG HERO OF ROCK AND ROLL’ BORN THIS DAY 1940

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Here is a great rock and roll music trivia question- who is the only artist to have songs covered on studio albums by the “Big Three”- The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan? The answer is country-soul artist Arthur Alexander. Alexander who was born on this day in 1940- had “Anna {Go To Him”} covered by The Beatles, “You Better Move On” covered by The Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan covered his song “Sally Sue Brown.” Alexander also had his songs covered by such greats as Otis Redding, “The Killer” Jerry Lee Lewis, Tina Turner and Dusty Springfield. Dr. Hook had a top 10 hit with his “Sharing The Night Together” in 1978. Alexander died of a heart attack at the age of 53 in 1993.

I will give music critic Jason Ankeny the final word on Arthur Alexander “His music is the stuff of genius, a poignant and deeply intimate body of work on par with the best of his contemporaries.”

 

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