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Richard Younger has written for the New York Times, New York, MOJO, Reuters News Service, and numerous music magazines. He is also a singer/songwriter whose album Blue Horses was released in 1989. Younger lives with his wife, Barbara, in Woodside, New York.


"Arthur Alexander may not be a household name, but it should be. Like many early African-American pioneers of popular music in the 1950s and 1960s he influenced virtually all of the major rock and roll artists of the era . . . How good was he? Ponder this quote by Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, 'When the Beatles and the Rolling Stones got their first chance to record, one did 'Anna' and the other did 'You Better Move On.' That should tell you enough.' . . . Any reader interested in American pop music and the American tragedies that make up such a large thread in its story will be fascinated with this book." --Foreword Reviews

"If the Beatles ever wanted a sound it was RB. That's what we used to listen to, what we used to like, and what we wanted to be like. Black, that was basically it. Arthur Alexander." --Paul McCartney "American music is full of unsung heroes, but none is more unsung than Arthur Alexander. Here, finally, he gets his due." --Charles K. Wolfe, author of The Life and Legend of Leadbelly and In Close Harmony: The Story of the Louvin Brothers

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