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Published: 2013/06/24

Blues Singer Bobby "Blue" Bland Dies

Legendary blues singer Bobby “Blue” Bland passed away yesterday at the age of 83. The Associated Press reports that he died of complications from an ongoing illness.

Bland, who got his start working at Sam Phillips prolific Sun Studios in Memphis, recorded a number of soulful classics like “Farthur on Up the Road,” “I Pity The Fool,” “Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City” and “Turn on Your Lovelight,” the last of which became a staple of the Grateful Dead’s repertoire. Bland was known as the “Frank Sinatra of blues,” and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992. He was also ranked #44 on Rolling Stone‘s 100 Greatest Singers list.

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ray vann June 24, 2013, 20:22:35

Thank you Mr. Bland. I have always loved your music and you were a monumental influence on soul music and the covers of your songs songs crossed over the lines of many styles of music. You touched my soul and many others.

mulebyrd June 25, 2013, 20:16:52

used to play downtown Dayton at Gillys Nightclub. absolutely love his cd with BB KING. the legends are leavin us folks.

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