Happy Birthday Arthur Alexander: Soul Singer’s Influence On The Beatles Examined

Singer Arthur Alexander was born today (May 10th), 1940.

Almost as prevalent as the age old adage “who came first, the chicken or the egg?” is the famous question considered the dividing line of musical taste: “The Beatles or the Rolling Stones?” However, the only right answer to this question is Arthur Alexander.

Paul McCartney is often quoted as saying “…this is what we listened to, this is what we wanted to sound like – Arthur Alexander.”

Although not very well known outside the limited fan base that McCartney and the other Beatles were a part of, Arthur Alexander was a prolific songwriter in Alabama during the 1960’s.