Bobby Bland

Robert Calvin Bland

Also known as B. Bland, Bland, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Bobby ''Blue'' Bland, Bobby 'Blue' Bland, Bobby 'Blue' Bland, Bobby (Blue) Bland, Bobby Blend, Bobby Blue Bland, R. Bland, Robert Bland, Robert Bobby Bland
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Discography of Bobby Bland:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Dreamer 10 Audio 1974-00-00 Dunhill
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
14 Together Again...Live 12 Audio 1976 Impulse!
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
32 Together Again...Live 12 Audio 1976
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.[8] 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".

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