Soul legend Bobby 'Blues' Bland dies aged 83
Soul and blues legend Bobby “Blues” Bland died yesterday at the age of 83, according to reports.
Memphis television stations said that Bland, whose hits include “I Pity the Fool, “Turn on Your Love Light” and “Further on Up the Road”, died following complications from a long illness.
Bland was born in Rosemark, Tennessee on 27 January in 1930. He was a contemporary of other blues and soul icons BB King and Ray Charles.
Known as The Lion of the Blues, Bland joined the group the Beale Streeters when he first moved to Memphis in 1947.
Bland had considerable chart success in the 1950s and 1960s, topping the charts with “I Pity the Fool” and “That’s The Way Love Is”.
Having spent his early years following in the tradition of BB King’s falsetto, Bland attributed his subsequent distinctive “squall” vocals to Aretha Franklin’s father, Rev CL Franklin.
"I got the idea from Rev. C.L. Franklin, Aretha's father," Bland told Rolling Stone. "I had to work with that a long time before I got it to perfection."
Bland’s admirers range from Van Morrison to The Grateful Dead who covered “Ain’t Nothing You Can Do” and “Love Light” respectively.
"If I could sing like Bobby Bland," his long-time collaborator B.B. King on said: "I'd be a happy man."
Film review Michael Glatze biopic isn't about a self-hating gay man gone straight
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 East 17 bandmember Brian Harvey in 'very desperate situation’
- 2 Germanwings plane crash: Video shows co-pilot Andreas Lubitz learning to fly as a teenager
- 3 Vladimir Putin says Russia will fight for the right of Palestinians to their own state
- 4 Germanwings crash: Captain of doomed plane was only 'on board because he changed job to spend more time with his children'
- 5 WrestleMania 31 results: Seth Rollins stuns WWE as he cashes in Money in the Bank contract to claim title from Brock Lesnar
Cassetteboy joins forces with Russell Brand for Emperor's New Clothes film
Poldark, review: Demelza’s insouciance is almost as impressive as Ross’ pecs
Fifty Shades of Grey movie shows first sex scene 'after 40 minutes'
James May hints he will not continue on Top Gear without Jeremy Clarkson
Louis Theroux: By Reason of Insanity, TV review: The affable Englishman routine is wearing a bit thin
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Street preacher quoting from the Bible fined for calling homosexuality an 'abomination'
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Woman filmed launching racist tirade against men on the Tube for speaking in 'own lingo'
David Cameron calls Labour 'hopeless, sneering socialists' while announcing 7-day NHS plans