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

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, 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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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
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
1973 His California Album Bobby “Blue” Bland 2
1974 Dreamer Bobby “Blue” Bland 3
1977 Reflections in Blue Bobby “Blue” Bland 1
1987 First Class Blues 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
1994 Long Beach 1983 Bobby “Blue” Bland 1
1999 Get on Down / Reflections in Blue Bobby “Blue” Bland 1
2009 Call On Me / That's The Way Love Is Bobby “Blue” Bland 1
After All Bobby “Blue” Bland 1
Ask Me 'Bout Nothing Bobby “Blue” Bland 1
Blues at Midnight Bobby “Blue” Bland 1
I Like to Live the Love Bobby Bland & B.B. King 1
Members Only Bobby “Blue” Bland 1
Memphis Monday Morning Bobby “Blue” Bland 1
Midnight Run Bobby “Blue” Bland 1
Sad Street Bobby “Blue” Bland 1
Years of Tears Bobby “Blue” Bland 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1992 The 3B Blues Boy - The Blues Years: 1952-1959 Compilation Bobby “Blue” Bland 1
1992 I Pity the Fool: The Duke Recordings, Volume 1 Compilation Bobby “Blue” Bland 1
1994 Turn on Your Love Light: The Duke Recordings, Volume 2 Compilation Bobby “Blue” Bland 1
1996 That Did It!: The Duke Recordings, Volume 3 Compilation Bobby “Blue” Bland 1
1998 Greatest Hits, Volume 1: The Duke Recordings Compilation Bobby “Blue” Bland 1
1998 Greatest Hits, Volume 2 Compilation Bobby Bland 1
20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Bobby Bland Compilation Bobby “Blue” Bland 1
The Anthology Compilation Bobby “Blue” Bland 1
The Best of Bobby Bland Compilation Bobby “Blue” Bland 1
The Voice (Duke Recordings 1959-69) Compilation Bobby “Blue” Bland 1
Two Steps From the Blues & Here's the Man Compilation Bobby “Blue” Bland 1

Album + Live

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

Single

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
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

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
Double Trouble Bobby “Blue” Bland 1
My Favorites Bobby “Blue” Bland 1

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