Rayman Shares One Of His All Time Favorites “Anna (go to him)” by Arthur Alexander [AUDIO]
I want to share with you one of my all time favorite songs. It's a little known song, done originally by Arthur Alexander back in 1962. Not only is it a beautiful song, the tempo is unusual for the time. Many experts agree that the majority of r&r songs are done in 4/5 time. It was pretty much the standard. Arthur Alexander's "Anna (go to him)" was however done in 9/2 time. As soon as you hear the song, you'll notice a bit of difference.
"Anna" was not Alexander's biggest hit however, "You Better Move On" holds that honor. I first heard it when the Rolling Stones covered it on an early album. John Lennon was very impressed not only with the song, but more so with Arthur, and Lennon did not hide the fact that he was an Alexander fan. So much so, that the Beatles covered Anna, but admittedly fell short of Alexander's original version.
Alexander is the only songwriter whose songs have been covered on studio albums by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan. Although his discography is long, his career was sporadic, and as a result, aside of musicians, not well known throughout America. He certainly gave us more then he got back, and that's a shame.