“Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City,” “I Pity the Fool,” “I'll Take Care of You,” “Turn on Your Love Light” and “Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone” are some songs of Bobby "Blue" Bland. An American blues singer, Bobby "Blue" Bland was born Robert Calvin Brooks on Jan. 27, 1930.Continue Reading
Bobby Bland was born in Barretville, Tennessee. His birth father, I. J. Brooks, abandoned the family soon after his birth. Bland took the name of his step father, Leroy Bland. Bland never attended school, started to take interest in music and started singing gospels after he moved Memphis in 1947. He soon became associated with many aspiring musicians, including Johnny Ace, Junior Parker, Rosco Gordon and B.B. King.
In 1995, Bobby Bland released his first single, but he had to wait two more years to enjoy commercial success. His first commercial success was the song “Farther Up the Road” in 1957. He developed a new kind of music by mixing gospel with R&B and blues. He was referred to as the "Sinatra of the Blues" and the "Lion of the Blues."
In 1997, Bobby Bland was honored with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. He was also inducted into many hall of fame lists, including Memphis Music Hall of Fame, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Blues Hall of Fame.Learn more about Art & Literature