Arthur Alexander was born in Sheffield, Alabama in 1940 in the center of the main music hub for the state. His father played the guitar and played in local clubs. Arthur soon found himself singing in a gospel group, the Heartstrings.
Arthur began to write R&B and Pop songs and recorded “Sally Sue Brown” under the name June Alexander (short for Junior). It was released on the Judd label owned by Jud Phillips, Sam Phillips’ brother.
In 1961, Alexander went into a converted tobacco warehouse, recently turned into a recording studio, to record, “You Better Move On.” That studio was Rick Hall’s ‘Fame Studios.’ This was the first record to be released from the new studio. It was released on the Dot label out of Nashville. The song hit #22 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Two other singles, including, “Anna (Go To Him),” were released, but did not hit the Top 40 again.
In 1962, Alexander wrote, “Every Day I Have To Cry Some.” It was recorded by Steve Alaimo and released in 1963. Alexander would release the song himself, but not until 1975.
For the next several years, Alexander dropped out of the music business and, among other things, became a bus driver.
He was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in 1990 with the assistance of ARCA. This caused a renewed interest in his small catalog of music. He began writing and singing again and signed a new recording contract, then recorded what would be his last album, ‘Lonely Just Like Me’ in 1993. With things looking up, Alexander suffered a fatal heart attack in May of ’93, three days after performing with his new band in Nashville.
Alexander’s few songs have been covered by some major artists including the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley and many more.
Anna (Go To Him) – Arthur Alexander