Bobby Blue Bland, singer
birth name: Robert Calvin Bland

Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland

January 27, 1930, Rosemark, TN ~ June 23, 2013, Memphis, TN

One of the main purveyors of the new Soul-Blues sound along with Little Willie John, Sam Cooke, Jimmy McCracklin, Junior Parker, Little Milton, and Ray Charles. These men mixed Gospel and R&B with Blues and created an innovative sound. Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland didn't play any instruments or write any music, but what Bobby brought to the songs made it his own all the way. ~ Livin' Blues: Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland ~ retrieved July 8, 2013 © Livin' Blues

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January 27, 1962 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (5) Barbara George, I Know (You Don't Love Me No More) ~ #2 (1) Chubby Checker, The Twist ~ #1 (2) Joey Dee & The Starliters, Peppermint Twist Part I


All Bland had to offer was his magnificent voice, a tremendously powerful instrument in his early heyday, injected with charisma and melisma to spare. ~ Allmusic: Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland ~ retrieved July 8, 2013 © Allmusic

Bobby Blue Bland ~ Awarded a 1997 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Bobby Blue Bland ~ Two Steps From The Blues (1961) ~ Ranked #211 #DLW500 Dylan's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012.

Bobby Blue Bland ~ Two Steps From The Blues (1961) ~ Ranked #217 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012 ~ Bland's stirring, guttural howl is epitomized by Little Boy Blue and Cry, Cry, Cry, which erase any distinction between blues and soul. I Pity The Fool and Lead Me On may just be some of the purest, most heartbroken singing you'll ever hear. ~ 2012 © Rolling Stone

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