309. Arthur Alexander

Hit Records? No. Well known? Not really. Influential? Absolutely! Those are three questions that describe Arthur Alexander’s musical career; because even though you may never have heard of him, we can guarantee that the people who covered his work (Bob Dylan, The Beatles & The Rolling Stones for example) are certainly artists you know.   Arthur Alexander was an early pioneer melding Country and Soul. This interesting combination allowed for some of the most heartfelt recordings ever put on vinyl. Although his work was considered beautiful, it struggled to find an audience outside the established music community. He may have spawned a new style of music, but it took others to bring his sound to an audience. Alexander never received a lot of fame or fortune, but the fame may arrive on some level with an induction to the Hall. Considering those who found him influential, this “unknown” actually has a shot. We know that Al Bundy is pulling for him….ten points if you get the reference!         The Bullet Points:   Eligible Since: 1987   Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Florence, AL)   Nominated In: Never   Why He Will Get In: Just the list of those who covered him alone is a reason.   Why He Won’t Get In: He was obscure in life, and obscure in death.   Essential Albums: You Better Move On (1962) Arthur Alexander (1972)   Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: You Better Move On (Single, 1961) Soldier of Love (Single, 1962) Anna (Single, 1962) Detroit City (Single, 1965) Cry Like a Baby (Single, 1969) {acepolls 240}

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