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  Bobby “Blue” Bland
As a singer, Bland projected a grainy, down-to-earth quality, punctuated with guttural growls and snorts that would come to be known as the “chicken-bone sound.” Yet his voice was simultaneously smooth as velvet, allowing Bland to bring audiences under his hypnotic spell as he walked a fine line between passionate expression and exquisite self-control.
Bland’s painstakingly crafted records featured his deliberate, resolute vocals set over a backdrop of dazzling horn fanfares, supple rhythm parts and Wayne Bennett’s T-Bone Walker -style guitar.
January 27, 1930: Bobby Bland was born in Rosemark, TN.
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  Bobby Bland - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Bobby "Blue" Bland (born Robert Calvin Bland on January 27, 1930 in Rosemark, Tennessee) is an American singer and was an original member of The Beale Streeters.
In the 1960s, Bland was working with Wayne Bennett, including "Turn on Your Love Light" (1961) and "Yield Not to Temptation" (1962); he was by then a superstar and world-famous entertainer.
For his very significant contribution, in 1992 Bobby Bland was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Bobby_Bland   (281 words)

  
 Bobby "Blue" Bland - Biography - AOL Music
Bobby Bland earned his enduring blues superstar status the hard way: without a guitar, harmonica, or any other instrument to fall back upon.
All Bland had to offer was his magnificent voice, a tremendously powerful instrument in his early heyday, injected with charisma and melisma to spare.
Bland's tormented crying style was still pretty rough around the edges before he entered the Army in late 1952.
music.aol.com /artist/bobby-blue-bland/274/biography   (547 words)

  
 Glossary: Bland, Bobby "Blue"
Bobby's recordings from the early '50s show him striving for individuality, but any progress was halted by a spell in the US Army.
Bland continued to enjoy a consistent run of R&B chart entries throughout the mid-'60s but his recorded work was nonetheless eclipsed by a younger generation of performers.
Unlike skiffle, which had little discernible impact on the evolution of Van's early recorded repertoire, the blues/soul of Bobby Bland was a major influence.
www.harbour.sfu.ca /~hayward/van/glossary/bland.html   (436 words)

  
 Bobby Blue Bland
Bobby Bland was born and raised in Rosemark, a small town outside of Memphis.
Bland's first recordings came when he cut sides for the Modern and Chess labels from 1950 to '52, but the Singles for Chess and Modern, didn't go anywhere.
Bland was inducted into the Blues Foundation's Hall of Fame in 1981 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.
www.thedevilsmusic.net /bios/bobby_blue_bland.html   (360 words)

  
 Bobby Bland -- Facts, Info, and Encyclopedia article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
That year, Bland entered the (A permanent organization of the military land forces of a nation or state) Army and returned to music upon his discharge in 1955.
In the (The decade from 1960 to 1969) 1960s, Bland was working with (Click link for more info and facts about Wayne Bennett) Wayne Bennett, including "Turn on Your Love Light" (1961) and "Yield Not to Temptation" (1962); he was by then a superstar and world-famous entertainer.
Though he continued recording throughout the (The decade from 1980 to 1989) 1980s and (The decade from 1990 to 1999) 1990s, Bland never regained his former fame on recordings but toured and became a major influence on the (Click link for more info and facts about Soul blues) Soul blues sound.
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/b/bo/bobby_bland.htm   (336 words)

  
 PBS - Austin City Limits
Bobby 'Blue' Bland is a towering figure in American music who remains one of the most important blues artists still working today.
Born in tiny Rosemark, Tennessee in 1930, Bland was not weaned on the blues from the beginning.
In fact the blues was off limits in his strictly religious household while he was growing up.
www.pbs.org /klru/austin/artists/program59.html   (674 words)

  
 Amazon.com: "Bobby Blue Bland - Greatest Hits, Vol. 1: The Duke Recordings": Music: Bobby Blue Bland   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Bobby Bland's purr-to-a-scream vocals quickly made him an R&B star in an era when rougher-hewn blues masters such as Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf had fallen from the charts.
Bland and his music, under the direction of bandleader Joe Scott, had a decided showbiz bent due to Scott and his orchestra that made generous use of horns as well as the usual guitar, bass and drums.
Bobby blue Bland has always had the goods.this disc showcases his talent.i've also enjoyed the stuff that he has done with B.B.King.a good solid disc.his vocal style is one of a kind.
www.amazon.com /Bobby-Blue-Bland-Greatest-Recordings/dp/B000007QE7   (987 words)

  
 Bobby "Blue" Bland - Salon
Of Scott, Bland says simply, "I'd say he was everything." He was like Nelson Riddle to Bland's Frank Sinatra, creating a landscape in which the singer's complex, vibrant tones could play while reining him in with rhythm.
Bland was developing the formula for his ultimate success (a success that would yield more than 30 Top 20 R&B singles) even as he was breaking through with a familiar blues sound.
Photos of Bland performing in the '50s testify: Women reach out to touch the hem of his sharkskin garment while the singer -- a big man with a croissant of a nose and an ungainly, "Eraserhead" pomp -- caresses the microphone like a lover.
dir.salon.com /story/people/bc/2000/03/14/bland/index.html?pn=2   (947 words)

  
 Bobby Bland Summary
Bobby "Blue" Bland (born Robert Calvin Bland on January 27, 1930 in Rosemark, Tennessee) is an American singer, and was an original member of The Beale Streeters.
Sometimes referred to as "the Lion of the Blues", Bland was as regal in appearance as his band was musically mellow.
In the 1960s, Bland was working with Wayne Bennett, including "Turn On Your Love Light" (1961) and "Yield Not To Temptation" (1962); he was by then a superstar and world-famous entertainer.
www.bookrags.com /Bobby_Bland   (526 words)

  
 MusicSearcher.com: Bobby "Blue" Bland | The Anthology
The obvious point being that Bland is one of the great blues/soul singers ever, but also, he always has great bands: Jabbo,(who also appears on many James Bown hits), the drummer on 'Lovelight', and others tracks, is probably the most amazing drummer to come out of the blues and soul field.
And guess what-Bobby was the first blues man to have a top 20 on the pop charts- In fact it's been a staple on my shows for years and is my all time favorite BB Bland song-The 1964 classic "Aint nothin you can do".
Bobby Bland is a master at hardcore, juke joint-style, unassimilated, raw funky blues.
www.musicsearcher.com /Items/008811259624/Reviews   (386 words)

  
 Bobby "Blue" Bland
Bland's tormented crying style was still pretty rough around the edges before he entered the Army in late 1952.
Scott steered his charge into smoother material as the decade turned: the seminal mixtures of blues, R&B, and primordial soul on "I Pity the Fool," the Brook Benton-penned "I'll Take Care of You," and "Two Steps From the Blues" were tremendously influential to a legion of up-and-coming Southern soulsters.
Without Scott and his familiar surroundings to lean on, Bland's releases grew less consistent artistically, though His California Album in 1973 and Dreamer the next year boasted some nice moments (there was even an album's worth of country standards).
www.djangomusic.com /artist_bio.asp?id=R+++228587   (499 words)

  
 LivinBlues- Bobby 'Blue' Bland
Bobby Bland was one of the main purveyors of the new Soul-Blues sound along with Little Willie John
Bobby Bland was drafted into the army in 1952 and was forced to put his musical career on hold.
Bobby 'Blue' Bland was inducted into the Blues Foundation's Hall of Fame in 1981 and the RockandRoll Hall of Fame and the RandB Foundation's Pioneer Award in 1992.
www.livinblues.com /bluesrooms/bobbybland.asp   (461 words)

  
 Metroactive Music | Bobby Blue Bland
By the time he's done, Bland is slowly inching toward acceptance of a hard fact, the repressed pain in his voice turning into steely resolve.
Bland's vocal is wearily resigned; while the truth may set his lover free, he himself remains hopelessly obsessed with her.
But in the end, Bobby Bland is a man whose unshakable fealty is to the my-baby-done-gone-and-left-me blues.
www.metroactive.com /papers/metro/03.18.99/bobbyblue-9911.html   (514 words)

  
 Bobby "Blue" Bland Interview
Bobby: Sometimes it did that, but when I came up in the 1940's or what have you....the same thing happened in my household and we had to go to church every Sunday and we weren't allowed to listen to any blues.
Bobby: Because it's the way that you feel and the stories that you are listening to that usually happen to people...like...the things I sing about are basically, somewhat, what goes on in my life.
Blues is not lost to young players, and we don't think of it anymore in terms of being 'slavery time' music.
www.mnblues.com /review/2002/bobbybluebland-intv-11-02-jm.html   (2797 words)

  
 Bobby "Blue" Bland: Reviews, Discography, Audio Clips, and more ||| Music.com
Bobby Bland [+] earned his enduring blues superstar status the hard way: without a guitar, harmonica, or any other instrument to fall back upon.
The gospel underpinnings inherent to Bland's powerhouse delivery were never more apparent than on the 1958 outing "Little Boy Blue," a vocal tour de force that wrings every ounce of emotion out of the grinding ballad.
Scott steered his charge into smoother material as the decade turned: the seminal mixtures of blues, RandB, and primordial soul on "I Pity the Fool," the Brook Benton [+]-penned "I'll Take Care of You," and "Two Steps From the Blues" were tremendously influential to a legion of up-and-coming Southern soulsters.
www.music.com /person/bobby_bland/1   (731 words)

  
 Salon People | Bobby "Blue" Bland   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
While the horn-driven Joe Scott arrangements that buoyed Bland's work formed a natural bridge between the big band sound of the '40s and the soul revues of the '60s, there was something odd and angst-ridden about the tales they told.
The building that represents "the blues" is paneled in squares of blue and white -- you would think it was his hotel room except his name appears on one of the panels, as if he were perpetually playing there.
The road that brought Bland to this place of perpetual emotion began in the South and crisscrossed the country, six nights a week.
www.salon.com /people/bc/2000/03/14/bland   (1001 words)

  
 Salon Brilliant Careers | Bobby "Blue" Bland
The building that represents "the blues" is paneled in squares of blue and white -- you would think it was his hotel room except his name appears on one of the panels, as if he were perpetually playing there.
Bland saw some crossover success himself with songs like "Turn on Your Love Light," a great tune that could be a blueprint for many of his best records.
Bland's set was rather perfunctory, and the vaunted squall was more of an annoyance than anything else: Most of the time it sounded like he was going to spit on the Frisbee-tossing crowd.
archive.salon.com /people/bc/2000/03/14/bland/print.html   (3245 words)

  
 Temple of Blues: Bobby "Blue" Bland   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
I saw Bobby Bland live at Blue Note Tokyo a couple of years ago, and he was fantastic.
Bobby even sang a Japanese song about apple (love) (they say he learnt that song when he was stationed in Japan in early 50's).
It was Bobby's first visit to Japan in 10 years (he had visited 2 times previously) and the audience really appreciated the blues legend.
www.templeofblues.com /s/3/000128.html   (1212 words)

  
 Brenda Boykin with Eric Swinderman and Bobby Blue Bland profiles on Rev Rabia BLUES UP   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Bobby "Blue" Bland representative of modern style of soul-blues Rhythm and Blues which almost all of the times add horn section even small one.
Bobby "Blue" Bland along with Ray Charles (Sam Cooke and Junior Parker) could be called fathers of the RandB.
Bland born Robert Calvin Bland in Rosemark, Tennessee, USA in 1930.
www.bluesup.com /CDreviewsBo.html   (572 words)

  
 WGAL.com - Susquehanna Calendar - January 30: Bobby Blue Bland With Special Guest Miss T And The Mosquitoes At Whitaker ...
In the 50s and early 60s, Bobby Blue Bland was one of the main creators of the modern soul-blues sound.
Bland was born and raised in a small town just outside Memphis.
Bland's first recordings were produced from 1950 to 1952, with the Modern and Chess labels.
www.thewgalchannel.com /susquehannacalendar/2629308/detail.html   (643 words)

  
 Bobby "Blue" Bland - Blues at Midnight: Reviews, Track Listing, Audio Clips, and more ||| Music.com
The production is straight-ahead and dignified, and very much in Bland's time-honored tributary about halfway between blues and soul, with plenty of organ and some brass.
While Bobby's voice sounds thinner and more weathered than it did several decades previously, as could be expected from a 73-year-old, it's still in decent, expressive shape.
Where this disc falls down is in the repeated insertions of Bland's trademark tic: a full-on snort, just as blatant as someone gauchely imitating a heavy snorer.
music.com /release/blues_at_midnight/4   (328 words)

  
 Amazon.com: The Anthology: Music: Bobby "Blue" Bland   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Too raw for most oldies radio, Bland was a major presence in his time: 30 of these 50 songs hit the pop charts, and almost all of them were significant R&B hits.
And guess what-Bobby was the first blues man to have a top 20 on the pop charts- In fact it's been a staple on my shows for years and is my all time favorite BB Bland song-The 1964 classic "Aint nothin you can do".
Bobby Bland is a master at hardcore, juke joint-style, unassimilated, raw funky blues.
www.amazon.com /Anthology-Bobby-Blue-Bland/dp/B00005K32H   (1087 words)

  
 Bobby "Blue" Bland - Blues - Randy's Rodeo
Sometimes the line between blues, soul, and RandB is kinda fuzzy, and so it is with Bobby "Blue" Bland.
His uptown, big band style helped introduce horns and pop signatures to the blues and was crucial in pointing the way to the 60's soul style dominated by his hometown, Memphis.
Bland got his start in the early 50's, but his recordings for Don Robey's Duke label late in the decade and early in the next are revelatory.
www.randysrodeo.com /blues/bland.php   (271 words)

  
 Memphis Monday Morning - Bobby "Blue" Bland   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Bobby Bland is the real thing, I saw him in Atlanta about five years ago(he opened for Dr. John) it was one of the best shows I have ever seen.
Nobody is wearing raybans or trying to get the "look" just some great musicians really playing their butts off.When he hit with "turn your lovelight on", well, as you can already tell, Im just not that good with words to explain how good it was, they were on fire.
I would recomend this CD and also his classic "one step from the blues" and there is a greatest hits or best of which is well worth buying.
www.latinmusiclink.com /Memphis_Monday_Morning_B00000FDOT.html   (468 words)

  
 3B Blues Boy: The Blues Years: 1952-59 by Bland, Bobby Blue CD
This set is subtitled "The Blues Years: 1952-1959," but, in fact, every year in which Bobby "Blue" Bland recorded was a blues year.
It is enduring music: blues played by small to mid-size ensembles, complete with sassy horns and a ringing vibraphone.
Bland's wailing voice was, from the outset, a confident and expressive instrument.
www.cduniverse.com /search/xx/music/pid/1011148/a/%223B%22+Blues+Boy++The+Blues+Years++195259.htm   (374 words)

  
 Malaco - Blues / R&B
Bobby Blue Bland has created a sound utterly of his own, one that has placed more than 61 songs on the R and B charts.
But it was later that year when Bobby signed with the upstart Houston label, Duke, that Bobby began to make a huge impact on the music industry.
Bobby Blue Bland is a class act in the music industry.
www.malaco.com /Catalog/Blues-R-B/Bobby-Bland/list.php   (497 words)

  
 Rolling Stone : Bobby "Blue" Bland: Biography
Rather, his was the quiet storm of postwar blues -- forceful and determined in a macho kind of way on the uptempo numbers, but with an underlying tenderness that could put the hurt in a ballad to a degree approached in his peer group only by B.B. King.
Such was the genesis of a signature style that embraced not only florid, emotionally charged blues (and borderline pop) ballads but also hard-driving blues and jump blues orchestrations, extending a tradition pioneered in the '30s by Big Joe Turner and the boogie-woogie cats from Kansas City.
Aging as gracefully as his friend B.B. King, Bland, after some fallow years on ABC in the mid- to late-'70s (the highs and lows of which are encapsulated on the two live albums with King, and on the 16-track Greatest Hits, Vol.
www.rollingstone.com /artists/bobbybluebland/biography   (621 words)

  
 Bobby Bland : Bobby Blue Bland   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
That year, Bland entered the army and returned to music upon his release in 1955.
After a switch to ABC Records[?] in 1973, Bland's career began to diminish.
Though he continued recording throughout te 1980s and 90s, Bland never achieved his former fame.
www.explainthis.info /bo/bobby-blue-bland.html   (314 words)

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