This one was a straight, well with some soul spice added, cover of the song that broke Jerry Lee Lewis into the country market in '68, and it's the second Jerry Chesnut song on the album - this one was big for that gentleman as well. While impeccably recorded nothing was going to outdo the killer so unfortunately this was another which sank without trace.
For the amount of influence he had, Arthur Alexander is/was one of the most ignored among the sixties soul men. Both the Beatles and the Stones lavished praise on him and recorded his songs, but, after a brief flirtation with the hit parade with "You better move on", the hits largely dried up and public attention moved elsewhere. The true fans though, still regard him highly as one of THE pioneers of country soul.
In 1965 he moved to Fred Foster's Monument label based in Washington D.C. The label was mainly known for nurturing Roy Orbison's career and for country or country pop records. Monument had a soul subsidiary called Sound Stage Seven and it was through this channel that Arthur's records were released. He stayed with the label until 1969.
Unfortunately the Monument/Sound Stage 7 period didn't result in any further chart action for Arthur in spite of a stream of quality releases, particularly in his early years at the label where the overall sound of the records didn't differ dramatically from his Dot singles. He was blessed with a great team of backing musicians including Nashville cats, Kenny Buttrey, Jerry Corrigan, Jerry Reed, Wayne Moss, Ray Edenton and Charlie McCoy.
This selection comes from the Ace album , "Arthur Alexander: The Monument Years" which, most helpfully (and rarely for a record label), has the tracks arranged in chronological order, thus giving the listener a real feel for how Arthur's recording career at Monument progressed.
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