|#||Release title||Total tracks||Type of release is||Imprint date||Label|
|2||Greatest Hits Volume Two - The ABC Dunhill/MCA Recordings||16||Audio||1998-07-14||MCA Records|
|3||Sweet Vibrations||9||Audio||1980||MCA Records|
|4||Ask Me 'Bout Nothing (But The Blues)||22||Audio||1997||Half Moon|
|5||Introspective Of The Early Years||24||Audio||1974||ABC Records|
|6||Two Steps From The Blues||15||Audio||2001||MCA Records|
|7||Yield Not To Temptation||2||Audio||1962||Duke|
|8||Ain't Doing Too Bad||2||Audio||1964||Duke|
|9||Share Your Love With Me||2||Audio||1964||Duke|
|10||I'll Take Care Of You / That's Why||2||Audio||1959||Duke|
|11||Get On Down With Bobby Bland||9||Audio||1975||ABC Records|
|12||The Best Of Bobby Bland||12||Audio||1974|
|13||The Soul Of A Man||2||Audio||1977||ABC Records|
|15||Two Steps From The Blues||12||Audio||1973|
|16||If You've Got A Heart / Sad Feeling||2||Audio||1970||Duke|
|17||The Anthology||50||Audio||2001||MCA Records|
|18||A Piece Of Gold||12||Audio||1969||Action|
|19||Sittin' On A Poor Man's Throne||2||Audio||1977||ABC Records|
|20||Tit For Tat / Come Fly With Me||2||Audio||1979||Mca Records|
|21||Get On Down With Bobby Bland||9||Audio||1975||ABC Records|
|22||I Feel Good, I Feel Fine||4||Audio||1979||MCA Records|
|23||If You've Got A Heart / Sad Feeling||2||Audio||1970||Duke|
|24||Together For The First Time... Live||24||Audio||1974||ABC/Dunhill Records|
|25||Bobby's Blues / Teach Me ( How To Love You)||2||Audio||1957||Duke|
|26||Keep On Loving Me (You'll See The Change) / I've Just Got To Forget About You||2||Audio||1970||Duke|
|27||Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City / Twenty-Four Hour Blues||2||Audio||1974||ABC Records|
|28||These Hands (Small But Mighty) / Today||2||Audio||1964||Duke|
|29||I’m Too Far Gone (To Turn Around) / If You Could Read My Mind||2||Audio||1965||Duke|
|30||Ain’t Nothing You Can Do / Honey Child||2||Audio||1964||Duke|
|31||Ain't Nothing You Can Do||12||Audio||1964||Duke|
|33||Members Only||9||Audio||1985||Malaco Records|
|34||Turn On Your Love Light / You're The One (That I Need)||2||Audio||1961||Duke|
|35||Call On Me / That's The Way Love Is||2||Audio||1962||Duke|
|36||If Love Ruled The World / Lover With A Reputation||2||Audio||1970||Duke|
|37||Shoes / Call On Me EP||4||Audio||1985||Kent Records|
|38||Blind Man / Black Night||2||Audio||1965||Duke|
|39||Little Boy Blue / Last Night||2||Audio||1958||Duke|
|40||You've Got Bad Intentions / I Can't Put You Down, Baby||2||Audio||1956||Duke|
|41||I Learned My Lesson / I Don't Believe||2||Audio||1956||Duke|
|42||I Smell Trouble / Don't Want No Woman||2||Audio||1957||Duke|
|43||Farther Up The Road / Sometime Tomorrow||2||Audio||1957||Duke|
|44||You Got Me (Where You Want Me) / Loan A Helping Hand||2||Audio||1958||Duke|
|45||You Did Me Wrong / I Lost Sight Of The World||2||Audio||1959||Duke|
|46||Lead Me On / Hold Me Tenderly||2||Audio||1960||Duke|
|47||Cry Cry Cry / I've Been Wrong So Long||2||Audio||1960||Duke|
|48||I Pity The Fool / Close To You||2||Audio||1961||Duke|
|49||Jelly, Jelly, Jelly / Ain't That Loving You||2||Audio||1961||Duke|
|50||Today I Started Loving You Again / Too Far Gone||2||Audio||1975||ABC Records|
Singer, sometimes referred to as the "Lion of the Blues", and as the "Sinatra of the Blues".
b. 27 January 1930 in Rosemark, Tennessee.
d. 23 June 2013 in Memphis, Tennessee.
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.
Bland was born Robert Calvin Brooks in the small town of Rosemark, Tennessee. After moving to Memphis with his mother in 1947, Bland started singing with local gospel groups there, including amongst others The Miniatures. Eager to expand his interests, he began frequenting the city's famous Beale Street where he became associated with an ad hoc circle of aspiring musicians including B.B. King, Rosco Gordon, Junior Parker and Johnny Ace, who collectively took the name of the Beale Streeters.
Between 1950 and 1952, he recorded unsuccessful singles for Modern Records and, at Ike Turner's suggestion, for Sun Records — who licensed their recordings to the Chess label — before signing for Duke Records.When Bland returned to Memphis in 1954 he found several of his former associates, including Johnny Ace, enjoying considerable success. He joined Ace's revue, and returned to Duke Records, which by that time had started to be run by Houston entrepreneur Don Robey.Bland released his first single for Duke in 1955. In 1956 he began touring on the "chitlin' circuit" with Junior Parker in a revue called Blues Consolidated, initially doubling as Parker's valet and driver, roles he also reportedly fulfilled for B.B. King and Rosco Gordon. He began recording for Duke with bandleader Bill Harvey and arranger Joe Scott, asserting his characteristic vocal style and, with Harvey and Scott, beginning to craft the melodic big band blues singles for which he became famous, often accompanied by guitarist Wayne Bennett.
His first chart success came in 1957 with the R&B chart no. 1 hit "Farther Up the Road", which also reached no.43 on the Billboard Hot 100, and followed it up with a series of hits on the R&B chart including "Little Boy Blue" (1958). He also shared an album with Parker, Blues Consolidated, in 1958. Bland's craft was most clearly heard on a series of early 1960s releases including "Cry Cry Cry", "I Pity The Fool" — an R&B chart no.1 in 1961 — and "Turn On Your Love Light", which became a much-covered standard. Despite credits to the contrary — often claimed by Robey— many such classic works were written by Joe Scott.
His final R&B no.1 came with "That's The Way Love Is" in 1963. However, he continued to enjoy a consistent run of R&B chart entries throughout the mid-1960s. Never truly breaking into the mainstream market, Bland's highest charting song on the pop chart, "Ain't Nothing You Can Do" peaked at #20 in 1964.
He had 23 Top Ten hits on the Billboard R&B charts, and in the 1996 Top R&B book by Joel Whitburn, Bland was ranked the #13 all-time top charting artist.
Financial pressures forced the singer to cut his touring band and in 1968 the group broke up. His record company Duke Records was sold by owner Don Robey to the larger ABC Records group. This resulted in several successful and critically acclaimed contemporary blues/soul albums including His California Album and Dreamer. The first single released from His California Album, "This Time I'm Gone For Good" took Bland back into the pop Top 50 for the first time since 1964 and made the R&B top 10 in late 1973.
In 1985, Bland was signed by Malaco Records, specialists in traditional Southern black music for whom he made a series of albums while continuing to tour and appear at concerts with fellow blues singer B. B. King.
Bland continued performing until shortly before his death. He died on June 23, 2013 at his home in Germantown, Tennessee, a suburb of Memphis, after what family members described as "an ongoing illness".