Bobby “Blue” Bland, Legendary Blues Singer, Dies at 83
Blues fans have a new reason to sing the blues.
Legendary R&B singer Bobby "Blue" Bland passed away on June 23 in Memphis at age 83, according to Us Weekly.
The singer — who was nicknamed the "Sinatra of the Blues" — had been battling an ongoing disease.
Bobby had his first number one R&B single with "Further On Up the Road" in 1957. Throughout his career, he had 23 top-ten hits on the R&B charts.
Bobby was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 and received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997.
His music would continue to influence later generations. His song, "Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City," was sampled on Jay-Z's 2001 album Blueprint and is on the soundtrack for the 2011 film The Lincoln Lawyer.
His son, Rodd, played drums in his band.
In addition to his son, Bobby leaves behind his wife, Willie Mae, his daughter, Patrice, and four grandchildren.
Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones during this difficult time.