One of the most fantastic soul and blues singers, Bobby “Blue” Bland, passed away on June 23rd, aged 83.
Perhaps, not a household name for the mass listener, Bland was celebrated by many a musician nevertheless, by players from all walks of sonic life, from WHITESNAKE – read David Coverdale‘s words on him – who made “Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City” a rock anthem, through Jay-Z’s take on it, to Mick Hucknall’s “Tribute To Bobby” album.
A friend and collaborator of B.B. King’s from the old days and a part of the original Chess Records stable, Bland worked also with the likes of Van Morrison and could be compared only to Solomon Burke. His voice will be sorely missed in these time of voiceless performers.