Bobby Blue Bland - Sinatra of The Blues

Bobby “Blue” Bland (1930-2013) – Live At The Boarding House – 1975 – Nights At The Roundtable: Tribute Edition

Bobby Blue Bland - Sinatra of The Blues
Bobby Blue Bland – Sinatra of The Blues

Click on the link here for Audio Player – Bobby Blue Bland – live at The Boarding House, San Francisco – Oct. 8, 1975

More sad news to report tonight – the passing of Blues legend Bobby “Blue” Bland at the age of 83. One of the vital voices in the world of Blues, ┬áhis career spanned several decades and he was influential to a whole generation of artists who sought to follow in his footsteps.

Mixing Blues with Gospel, Bland cultivated a sound that was uniquely his and recorded a string of memorable hits that earned him a well-justified place in the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997. Dubbed everything from “Lion of The Blues” to “Sinatra of the Blues”, Bobby Blue Bland was a widely recognized and admired performer.

As way of tribute tonight, I ran across a live performance from 1975. Recorded for radio station KSAN in San Francisco, it features Bobby Bland (along with guitarist Wayne Bennett) in one of his signature performances. From a period of time I remember very well, as he played on several occasions in Los Angeles at several clubs around town with a band known as The Mellow Fellows.

Unforgettable and sorely missed.

Many grateful thanks for your wonderful legacy.


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