Jules Alexander

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Alexander in 1966.
Birth nameJules Gary Alexander
Born (1943-09-25) September 25, 1943 (age 80)
Chattanooga, Tennessee, U.S
OriginCalifornia, U.S
GenresPop, rock, folk
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals

Jules Gary Alexander (born September 25, 1943) is an American Musician, Songwriter, and Arranger. He is well remembered for being a founding member of the pop group The Association.

Early Life

Alexander was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and moved to California with his family as a teen.



Alexander was an optical technician in the navy based in Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, 1962,[1] when he met salesman Terry Kirkman. The two became friends and promised to meet up when Alexander was discharged.

A year later, Alexander discharged, and they started a band called the Inner Tubes, that played at the Troubadour nightclub in West Hollywood.[1] The band's personnel constantly changed, with some of its members including Cass Elliot (later of the Mamas & the Papas) and David Crosby (later of the Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young).[1]

By late 1964/early 1965, the Inner Tubes would slowly shift from a small folk ensemble into a 13-piece folk group called the Men. When the Men broke up, the two and four other members formed the Association. Before his career took off, Alexander was a bouncer at a nightclub, and often rode to work in a motorcycle owned by Steppenwolf frontman John Kay.[1]


The Association signed to Valiant Records in 1966 and their first album, And Then... Along Comes the Association, was produced. A second album, Renaissance, was released a bit after. On all releases from 1966 to 1967, he was credited as Gary Alexander (his middle name), but would use the name Jules from 1969 onwards. The Association quickly grew in popularity when their singles "Cherish" and "Along Comes Mary", charted in the Top 10. Alexander was a key songwriter for the group, along with Kirkman and Yester. Alexander’s most notable songs he co-wrote were “Changes” (1966), “Looking Glass” (1966), and “Pandora’s Golden Heebie Jeebies” (1966). Alexander was the main musical arranger in the band. Alexander left in 1967 to study meditation in India, and was replaced by Larry Ramos (previously of the New Christy Minstrels fame). Whilst in India, Alexander converted to Buddhism and still follows the religion. During the 1967-69 period Alexander was absent with the band, they achieved higher commercial success with appearances on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and The Ed Sullivan Show, and the million-selling songs "Windy", "Never My Love", and "Everything That Touches You".

Alexander wrote the song His Blues, for the band The Joyride in 1968.[2] In addition, he co-wrote the song Lovin' Stew, with Jeff Comanor, for The 5th Dimension that same year.[3][4]


After a short stint with the band "Joshua Fox", Alexander returned to the Association in 1969.

The Association were main contributors to the soundtrack of the 1969 film Goodbye, Columbus, and in addition, sang the title theme. They were nominated for an Golden Globe Award for Best Song for Motion Picture.[5] Jules provided backing vocals on the album Attacking A Straw Man, released by The New Colony Six in 1969.[6]

Jules played bass guitar on the 1971 album, Hexagram 16, a solo album released by former Association member Russ Giguere.[7] Also in 1971, he wrote the track, One, for the New Zealand-based group, The Chapta[8], and, in 1973, co-wrote the track, Worried About You, for The Dillards[9], as well as write the song Caney Creek, for Dillards member Rodney Dillard.[10] Alexander remained until 1974, when he left to form a short-lived band called Bijou. They were nearly signed to A&M Records, but the deal fell through.[1]

Alexander wrote the music for the 1974 sci-fi movie UFO: Target Earth and recorded the music for it in Ike Turner’s studio.[1] Alexander provided vocals on Hoyt Axton's 1975 album Southbound.[11][12][13]

Alexander returned to the Association for a third tenure from 1979 to 1989. During this time, he briefly played bass guitar. Jules was vocal arranger for the 1979 album Hide Away, by the band Brush Arbor.[14] In 1984, Jules, along with fellow Association members Terry Kirkman, Larry Ramos, and Ric Ulsky, provided backing vocals for the 1984 single Anything Goes!, released by the Baltimore-based Psychedelic rock group United States of Existence.[15] The four also sang backing vocals on their album, Introducing, released in 1986.[16]


Alexander wrote the song Would You Like To Go for The Ballroom in 1998.[17] In September 2003, the Association was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. Alexander joined other members at the induction ceremony in Niles, Ohio.[18] A year later, Alexander and the then-surviving members of the 1960s lineup briefly reunited for the taping of a PBS 1960s rock music special '60s Experience on December 9, 2004.


Alexander returned to the Association in January 2012, and has remained a member since. Alexander was a data wrangler prior to rejoining in 2012 in Texas.[19]

During the Coronavirus pandemic lockdown, Alexander announced he was working on a solo album in his home studio.[1]

Personal Life

Alexander lives in Texas with his wife of over 30 years.[1]


With The Association

Studio Albums

Title Year
And Then... Along Comes the Association 1966
Renaissance 1966
The Association 1969
Stop Your Motor 1971
Waterbeds in Trinidad! 1972


Year Single (A-side, B-side) Certification Album
1965 "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You"

b/w "Baby, Can't You Hear Me Call Your Name"

Non-album tracks
"One Too Many Mornings"

b/w "Forty Times"

1966 "Along Comes Mary"

b/w "Your Own Love"

And Then...Along Comes the Association

b/w "Don't Blame It on Me" (titled "Don't Blame the Rain" on non-U.S. 45s)

US: Gold
"Pandora's Golden Heebie Jeebies"

b/w "Standing Still" (from And Then...Along Comes the Association)

1969 "The Time It Is Today"

b/w "Enter the Young" (from And Then...Along Comes the Association)

"Goodbye, Columbus"

b/w "The Time It Is Today" (from Birthday)

Goodbye, Columbus soundtrack
"Under Branches"

b/w "Hear in Here" (from Birthday)

The Association
1970 "Yes, I Will"

b/w "I Am Up for Europe"

"Dubuque Blues"

b/w "Are You Ready"

"Just About the Same"

b/w "Look at Me, Look at You" (from The Association)

Non-album track
"Along the Way"

b/w "Traveler's Guide"

Stop Your Motor
1971 "P.F. Sloan"

b/w "Traveler's Guide"

"Bring Yourself Home"

b/w "It's Gotta Be Real"

"That's Racin'"

b/w "Makes Me Cry" (alternate title for "Funny Kind of Song")

1972 "Darlin' Be Home Soon"

b/w "Indian Wells Woman"

Waterbeds in Trinidad!
"Come the Fall"

b/w "Kicking the Gong Around"

1973 "Names, Tags, Numbers and Labels"

b/w "Rainbows Bent" (from Waterbeds in Trinidad!)

Non-album tracks
1975 "One Sunday Morning"

b/w "Life Is a Carnival"

"Sleepy Eyes"

b/w "Take Me to the Pilot"

1981 "Dreamer"

b/w "You Turn the Light On"

"Small Town Lovers"

b/w "Across the Persian Gulf"

With Joshua Fox

Studio Albums

Title Year
Joshua Fox 1969

For Other Artists

Song Album Role For Year
Attacking A Straw Man Backing vocalist The New Colony Six 1969
Hexagram 16 Bass guitarist Russ Giguere 1971
Southbound Backing vocalist Hoyt Axton 1975
Hide Away Vocal arranger Brush Arbor 1979
Anything Goes! Backing vocalist United States of Experience 1984

Songwriting Credits

Title For Album Year
Your Own Love The Association “And Then... Along Comes the Association 1966
Round Again The Association And Then... Along Comes the Association 1966
Remember The Association And Then... Along Comes the Association 1966
Changes The Association And Then... Along Comes the Association 1966
Pandora's Golden Heebie Jeebies The Association Renaissance 1966
Angeline The Association Renaissance 1966
You May Think The Association Renaissance 1966
Looking Glass The Association Renaissance 1966
Come to Me The Association Renaissance 1966
You Hear Me Call Your Name The Association Renaissance 1966
Another Time, Another Place The Association Renaissance 1966
His Blues The Joyride 1968
Lovin' Stew The 5th Dimension Stoned Soul Picnic 1968
Love Affair The Association The Association 1969
Dubuque Blues The Association The Association 1969
Under Branches The Association The Association 1969
I Am Up for Europe The Association The Association 1969
Goodbye Forever The Association The Association 1969
Funny Kind of Song The Association Stop Your Motor 1971
One The Chapta 1971
Midnight Wind The Association Waterbeds in Trinidad! 1972
Kicking the Gong Around The Association Waterbeds in Trinidad! 1972
Rainbows Bent The Association Waterbeds in Trinidad! 1972
Please Don't Go ('Round the Bend) The Association Waterbeds in Trinidad! 1972
Worried About You The Dillards 1973
Caney Creek Rodney Dillard 1985
Would You Like To Go The Ballroom 1998


Title For the Film As a member of Year
Goodbye, Columbus Goodbye, Columbus The Association 1969
UFO: Target Earth UFO: Target Earth 1974


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 "Jules Alexander Interview".
  2. The Joyride - Land Of Rypap Papyr / His Blues, retrieved 2023-04-11
  3. The 5th Dimension - Stoned Soul Picnic, retrieved 2023-04-11
  4. "Lovin' Stew, Jeffrey M. Commanor & Jules Alexander, recorded by The 5th Dimension......scanned copy". Tredwells Music Centre. Retrieved 2023-05-10.
  5. "Goodbye, Columbus". Golden Globes. Retrieved 2023-02-09.
  6. The New Colony Six - Attacking A Straw Man, retrieved 2023-04-11
  7. Russ Giguere - Hexagram 16, retrieved 2023-04-11
  8. The Chapta - One, retrieved 2023-04-11
  9. Northern Lights - Vancouver Dreaming, retrieved 2023-04-11
  10. Rodney Dillard - At Silver Dollar City, retrieved 2023-04-11
  11. "Jules Alexander". Discogs. Retrieved 2023-04-11.
  12. Hoyt Axton - Southbound, retrieved 2023-04-11
  13. "Hoyt Axton Discography | On A&M Records". www.onamrecords.com. Retrieved 2023-05-10.
  14. Brush Arbor - Hide Away, retrieved 2023-04-11
  15. United States Of Existence - Anything Goes!, retrieved 2023-04-11
  16. The United States Of Existence - Introducing, retrieved 2023-04-11
  17. The Ballroom - Preparing For The Millennium, retrieved 2023-04-11
  18. "The Association – The Vocal Group Hall of Fame". Retrieved 2023-02-13.
  19. "THE ASSOCIATION Members Biographies - Official Website". www.castproductions.com. Retrieved 2023-02-07.

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