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Remembering Bobby "Blue" Bland

The first artist to play the now defunct Madison club Luther's Blues, has died.

Bobby "Blue" Bland, who was sometimes called the "Sinatra of the blues" for his smooth singing style, was 83. 

While not as well-known as some of his blues contemporaries, two songs that he recorded first have almost become standards--"Turn on Your Lovelight," and "Farther Up the Road," also known as "Further On Up The Road."

Early in his career, Bland formed a band called the Beale Streeters in Memphis, which also included B.B. King and Johnny Ace.

Check out B.B. and Bobby on this performance from Soul Train. The music transcends those obnoxious plaid jackets.




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