Blues Legend Bobby “Blue” Bland Dies

(Memphis) Well-known blues musician Bobby “Blue” Bland died over the weekend.

Bland got his start in the 1950’s and 60’s and would later perform with artists like Sam Cooke and Ray Charles.

He is best known for hits like “Turn on Your Love Light”, “That’s the Way Love Is” and “I Pity the Fool”.

Bland was born in Rosemark, TN but later moved to Memphis with his mother.

He lived in Germantown at the time of his death.

He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Blues Hall of Fame.

Jay Sieleman with the Blues Foundation called Bland the greatest blues singer in the world.

“He was respected by so many people in the rock world and in the jazz world. He’s the Frank Sinatra of the blues. He’s respected for his voice and his phrasing. It’s going to be a huge loss to blues music,” Sieleman says.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 1 to 6pm at First Baptist Broad.

The funeral will be Thursday at Noon also at First Baptist Broad.

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