Robert Calvin "Bobby" Bland (January 27, 1930 – June 23, 2013), né Robert Calvin Brooks, known professionally as Bobby "Blue" Bland, was an American blues and R&B singer.

Bland developed a sound that mixed gospel with the blues and R&B. He was described as "among the great storytellers of blues and soul music... [who] created tempestuous arias of love, betrayal and resignation, set against roiling, dramatic orchestrations, and left the listener drained but awed." He was sometimes referred to as the "Lion of the Blues" and as the "Sinatra of the Blues"; his music was also influenced by Nat King Cole.

Bland was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1981, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992, the Memphis Music Hall of Fame in 2012, and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame described him as "second in stature only to B.B. King as a product of Memphis's Beale Street blues scene".

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1958 Blues Consolidated Little Junior Parker / Bobby Blue Bland 3 1
1961 Two Steps From the Blues Bobby “Blue” Bland 4
1962 Here's the Man!!! Bobby “Blue” Bland 1
1964 Ain't Nothing You Can Do Bobby “Blue” Bland 1
1967 Spotlighting the Man Bobby “Blue” Bland 2
1968 Touch Of The Blues Bobby “Blue” Bland 1
1973 His California Album Bobby “Blue” Bland 2
1974 Dreamer Bobby “Blue” Bland 3
1977 Reflections in Blue Bobby “Blue” Bland 1
1985 Members Only Bobby “Blue” Bland 1
1986 After All Bobby “Blue” Bland 1
1987 First Class Blues Bobby “Blue” Bland 1
1989 Midnight Run Bobby “Blue” Bland 1
1990 Here We Go Again Bobby “Blue” Bland 1
1990 You've Got Me Loving You Bobby “Blue” Bland 1
1991 Portrait of the Blues Bobby “Blue” Bland 1
1993 Years of Tears Bobby “Blue” Bland 1
1994 Long Beach 1983 Bobby “Blue” Bland 1
1998 Memphis Monday Morning Bobby “Blue” Bland 1
1999 Get on Down / Reflections in Blue Bobby “Blue” Bland 1
2003 Blues at Midnight Bobby “Blue” Bland 1
2009 Call On Me / That's The Way Love Is Bobby “Blue” Bland 1
2015 Don't Cry No More Bobby “Blue” Bland 1
Double Trouble Bobby “Blue” Bland 1
I Like to Live the Love Bobby Bland & B.B. King 1
Sad Street Bobby “Blue” Bland 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1967 The Best of Bobby Bland Bobby “Blue” Bland 2
1991 Touch of the Blues and Spotlighting The Man Bobby “Blue” Bland 1
1991 The Voice (Duke Recordings 1959-69) Bobby “Blue” Bland 1
1992 The 3B Blues Boy - The Blues Years: 1952-1959 Bobby “Blue” Bland 1
1992 I Pity the Fool: The Duke Recordings, Volume 1 Bobby “Blue” Bland 1
1994 Turn on Your Love Light: The Duke Recordings, Volume 2 Bobby “Blue” Bland 1
1996 That Did It!: The Duke Recordings, Volume 3 Bobby “Blue” Bland 1
1997 Ask Me 'Bout Nothing Bobby “Blue” Bland 1
1998 Greatest Hits, Volume 1: The Duke Recordings Bobby “Blue” Bland 1
1998 Greatest Hits, Volume 2 Bobby Bland 1
2001 The Anthology Bobby “Blue” Bland 1
2015 Army Blues Bobby “Blue” Bland 1
20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Bobby Bland Bobby “Blue” Bland 1
My Favorites Bobby “Blue” Bland 1
Two Steps From the Blues & Here's the Man Bobby “Blue” Bland 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1976 Together Again… Live Bobby Bland & B.B. King 2
1987 Together for the First Time... Live B.B. King & Bobby Bland 2
Live on Beale Street Bobby “Blue” Bland 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1957 Farther Up the Road / Sometime Tomorrow Bobby “Blue” Bland 1
1959 I'll Take Care of You / That's Why Bobby “Blue” Bland 1
1961 I Pity the Fool / Close to You Bobby “Blue” Bland 1
1961 Ain't That Loving You / Jelly, Jelly, Jelly Bobby “Blue” Bland 1

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