Arthur Alexander, London; The Action, Sussex

Arthur Alexander: Marquee Club, London

BACKED BY the capable Jimmy Brown Sound American singer Arthur Alexander gave a professional, but unmemorable performance at London’s Marquee Club, last Tuesday.

He excelled on the slow soulful ballads, like his long wailing version of ‘You Better Move On’, which he wrote, and which the Rolling Stones made popular in Britain. ‘Stand By Me’, the Ben E. King hit, again demonstrated Alexander’s power and feeling, and if he’s playing your way, he’s well worth a visit.

The Action: Downs Hotel, Hassocks, Sussex

AT THE spacious Downs Hotel in Hassocks, Sussex, last Sunday a healthy Easter turn out of fans were treated to an energetic, balanced show from London’s Action.

This group’s act is based on subtle raving rather than screaming R&B, so the unfamiliarity with their slightly obscure numbers sometimes left the audience a little bewildered. However their obvious talent, excellent harmonies, and clever, fiery, arrangements added up to a very professional group, who with the right record, should soon crash into the chart.

© Nick JonesMelody Maker, 16 April 1966

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