Born in Nashville TN in 1926, the young Arthur Gunter would hang around Ernie Young’s Record Mart store in his spare time. Ernie was to go on to start another business, forming the Excello label in 1952, as a subsidiary to the Gospel label, Nashboro. Arthur had started out singing Gospel with his brothers and cousins in The Gunter Brothers Quartet, and he later sang with various Blues bands around Nashville. When he wrote a song called ‘Baby Let’s Play House’, Arthur took it to Ernie, and the record was released in November 1954.
Arthur’s original hit, ‘Baby, Let’s Play House’;
Arthur continued to record for Excello over the next few years, releasing half a dozen singles without generating any great sales, and those records were issued on Arthur’s only Excello album ‘Black and Blue’ in 1971. Arthur continued to play on into the 60s, but after he moved to Pontiac, Michigan in 1966, he performed only occasionally. He passed away from pneumonia ten years later.