Bobby Blue Bland Dies At 83

Bobby Blue Bland

According to a family friend, Blues Hall of Fame and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame recipient Robert Calvin “Bobby” Bland has died Sunday, June 23, 2013.

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Though the exact condition he suffered from has yet to be disclosed, it is suspected that he suffered from ongoing pulmonary disease.

Bland was born in Rosemark, TN but later moved to Memphis with his mother. He lived in Germantown at the time of his death. His unique style of grunts and sense of despair provided a whole different level of blues and helped change the landscape of genre, along with other greats such as Sam Cooke, Ray Charles and Junior Parker. He is best known for hits like “Turn on Your Love Light”, “That’s the Way Love Is” and “I Pity the Fool”.

Bland started singing with local gospel groups in Memphis Tenn. and wanted to expand his music, so he started going to the famous Beale Street, known for its blues clubs, where he met a number of aspiring musicians. This resulted in the creation of Beale Streeters.