Bobby (Blue) Bland was known for his emotionally piercing delivery and snappy sartorial style.
Bobby (Blue) Bland, the balladeer whose sophisticated style modernized the blues, has died at his home in Germantown, near Memphis, aged 83. Bobby's death was confirmed his son Rodd, who played drums in his band. Despite possessing all the natural attributes of, say, Ray Charles and B.B King, Bland never reached the same lofty heights as some of his more popular contemporaries though remained a mainstay on the rhythm-and-blues circuit for decades.
His vocals, punctuated by the occasional James Brown esque shout, took on an air of emotional pleading and he influenced everyone from Otis Redding to Wilson Pickett. Younger music fans may recognise Mr Bland's 1974 single 'Ain't No Love In The Heart of the City' on his 2001 album The Blueprint.
Mr Bland matched his sharp vocals with elegant stage wear and became a hugely recognisable performer on the circuit. He formed a close working bond with trumpet player and arranger Joe Scott, the men accounting for more than 30 Top 20 rhythm-and-blues singles for Duke Records in Houston. Many contemporary rock bands covered songs from these years, including The Grateful Dead (Love Light), The Band (Share Your Love With Me), and Van Morrison (Ain't Nothing You Can Do).
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The Band and Powderfinger - The Jetstar plane that the band 'Powderfinger' will play a mid-air show on. Sydney Airport, Sydney, Australia - To get a seat on the plane, concert-goers need to bid on seats via an Ebay auction. All proceeds will be split 50/50 between Powderfinger's chosen charity Yalari and Jetstar's StarKids program through World Vision. Tuesday 28th September 2010
Mollie King, Britney Spears, The Band and The Saturdays Tuesday 28th September 2010 Mollie King from girl group The Saturdays leaving a office building with her pet poodle Alfie, having taken part in a live 'Ustream' broadcast with the rest of the band. Mollie was holding a Britney Spears toy doll as she left. London, England
The name of the train was the Festival Express, and filmmaker Bob Smeaton was on hand to film it [er, or not -- see below].
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The two awards have made for a great 72nd birthday present for the country music icon.