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Bobby Bland

Robert Calvin Bland

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# Название релиза Информация об aльбоме Купить альбом в iTunes Год издания Лейбл
1 Dreamer 10 audio iTunes 1974-00-00 Dunhill
2 Greatest Hits Volume Two - The ABC Dunhill/MCA Recordings 16 audio iTunes 1998-07-14 MCA Records
3 Sweet Vibrations 9 audio iTunes 1980 MCA Records
4 Ask Me 'Bout Nothing (But The Blues) 22 audio iTunes 1997 Half Moon
5 Introspective Of The Early Years 24 audio iTunes 1974 ABC Records
6 Two Steps From The Blues 15 audio iTunes 2001 MCA Records
7 Yield Not To Temptation 2 audio iTunes 1962 Duke
8 Ain't Doing Too Bad 2 audio iTunes 1964 Duke
9 Share Your Love With Me 2 audio iTunes 1964 Duke
10 I'll Take Care Of You / That's Why 2 audio iTunes 1959 Duke
11 Get On Down With Bobby Bland 9 audio iTunes 1975 ABC Records
12 The Best Of Bobby Bland 12 audio iTunes 1974
13 The Soul Of A Man 2 audio iTunes 1977 ABC Records
14 Together Again...Live 12 audio iTunes 1976 Impulse!
15 Two Steps From The Blues 12 audio iTunes 1973
16 If You've Got A Heart / Sad Feeling 2 audio iTunes 1970 Duke
17 The Anthology 50 audio iTunes 2001 MCA Records
18 A Piece Of Gold 12 audio iTunes 1969 Action
19 Sittin' On A Poor Man's Throne 2 audio iTunes 1977 ABC Records
20 Tit For Tat / Come Fly With Me 2 audio iTunes 1979 Mca Records
21 Get On Down With Bobby Bland 9 audio iTunes 1975 ABC Records
22 I Feel Good, I Feel Fine 4 audio iTunes 1979 MCA Records
23 If You've Got A Heart / Sad Feeling 2 audio iTunes 1970 Duke
24 Together For The First Time... Live 24 audio iTunes 1974 ABC/Dunhill Records
25 Bobby's Blues / Teach Me ( How To Love You) 2 audio iTunes 1957 Duke
26 Keep On Loving Me (You'll See The Change) / I've Just Got To Forget About You 2 audio iTunes 1970 Duke
27 Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City / Twenty-Four Hour Blues 2 audio iTunes 1974 ABC Records
28 These Hands (Small But Mighty) / Today 2 audio iTunes 1964 Duke
29 I’m Too Far Gone (To Turn Around) / If You Could Read My Mind 2 audio iTunes 1965 Duke
30 Ain’t Nothing You Can Do / Honey Child 2 audio iTunes 1964 Duke
31 Ain't Nothing You Can Do 12 audio iTunes 1964 Duke
32 Together Again...Live 12 audio iTunes 1976
33 Members Only 9 audio iTunes 1985 Malaco Records
34 Turn On Your Love Light / You're The One (That I Need) 2 audio iTunes 1961 Duke
35 Call On Me / That's The Way Love Is 2 audio iTunes 1962 Duke
36 If Love Ruled The World / Lover With A Reputation 2 audio iTunes 1970 Duke
37 Shoes / Call On Me EP 4 audio iTunes 1985 Kent Records
38 Blind Man / Black Night 2 audio iTunes 1965 Duke
39 Little Boy Blue / Last Night 2 audio iTunes 1958 Duke
40 You've Got Bad Intentions / I Can't Put You Down, Baby 2 audio iTunes 1956 Duke
41 I Learned My Lesson / I Don't Believe 2 audio iTunes 1956 Duke
42 I Smell Trouble / Don't Want No Woman 2 audio iTunes 1957 Duke
43 Farther Up The Road / Sometime Tomorrow 2 audio iTunes 1957 Duke
44 You Got Me (Where You Want Me) / Loan A Helping Hand 2 audio iTunes 1958 Duke
45 You Did Me Wrong / I Lost Sight Of The World 2 audio iTunes 1959 Duke
46 Lead Me On / Hold Me Tenderly 2 audio iTunes 1960 Duke
47 Cry Cry Cry / I've Been Wrong So Long 2 audio iTunes 1960 Duke
48 I Pity The Fool / Close To You 2 audio iTunes 1961 Duke
49 Jelly, Jelly, Jelly / Ain't That Loving You 2 audio iTunes 1961 Duke
50 Today I Started Loving You Again / Too Far Gone 2 audio iTunes 1975 ABC Records
51 Today I Started Loving You Again 2 audio iTunes 1975 ABC Records
52 Do What You Set Out To Do / Ain't Nothing You Can Do 2 audio iTunes 1972 Duke
53 Stormy Monday Blues / Your Friends 2 audio iTunes 1962 Duke
54 Dust Got In Daddy's Eyes / Ain't No Telling 2 audio iTunes 1965 Duke
55 Poverty / Building A Fire With Rain 2 audio iTunes 1966 Duke
56 His California Album 10 audio iTunes 1973 Probe
57 Sittin' On A Poor Man's Throne / I Intend To Take Your Place 2 audio iTunes 1977 ABC Records
58 You're All I Need / Deep In My Soul 2 audio iTunes 1967 Duke
59 That's All There Is (There Ain't No More ) / I Don't Want Another Mountain To Climb 2 audio iTunes 1972 Duke
60 I Take It On Home / You've Never Been This Far Before 2 audio iTunes 1975 ABC Records
61 Two Steps From The Blues 12 audio iTunes 1980 MCA Records
62 Ain't Nothing You Can Do 12 audio iTunes MCA Records
63 Here's The Man 11 audio iTunes 1974
64 His California Album 10 audio iTunes 1973
65 Reflections In Blue 9 audio iTunes 1977 ABC Records
66 Is It Real / Someday 2 audio iTunes 1959 Duke
67 Sometimes You Gotta Cry A Little / You're Worth It All 2 audio iTunes 1963 Duke
68 Back In The Same Old Bag Again / I Ain't Myself Anymore 2 audio iTunes 1966 Duke
69 Come Fly With Me 9 audio iTunes 1978 ABC Records
70 The Soulful Side Of ... 16 audio iTunes 1985 Kent Records
71 Two Steps From The Blues 12 audio iTunes 1961 Duke
72 You've Got Me Loving You 4 audio iTunes 1984 MCA Records
73 Members Only 3 audio iTunes 1989 Munich Records
74 Driftin' Blues / A Piece Of Gold 2 audio iTunes 1968 Duke
75 Driftin' Blues / A Piece Of Gold 2 audio iTunes 1968 Duke
76 Spotlighting The Man 10 audio iTunes Duke
77 I Wouldn't Treat A Dog (The Way You Treated Me) / I Ain't Gonna Be The First To Cry 2 audio iTunes 1974 ABC/Dunhill Records
78 Tell Mr. Bland 8 audio iTunes 1983 MCA Records
79 Straight From The Shoulder 2 audio iTunes 1990 Munich Records
80 Shoes / A Touch Of The Blues 2 audio iTunes 1967 Duke
81 I Wouldn't Treat A Dog (The Way You Treated Me) 2 audio iTunes 1974 ABC/Dunhill Records
82 Tit For Tat 2 audio iTunes 1979 MCA Records
83 Years Of Tears 10 audio iTunes 1993 Malaco Records
84 Reflections In Blue 9 audio iTunes 1977 ABC Records
85 Members Only 2 audio iTunes 1986 Munich Records
86 Best Of Bobby Bland Vol. II 10 audio iTunes 1974
87 Thrill Is Gone 2 audio iTunes 1976 Impulse!
88 Call On Me/That's The Way Love Is 12 audio iTunes 1980 MCA Records
89 Call On Me 12 audio iTunes 1973 Bluesway
90 Call On Me / That's The Way Love Is 12 audio iTunes 2009-10-00
91 Spotlighting The Man 10 audio iTunes 1973
92 The Soul Of The Man 11 audio iTunes 1978
93 Best Of Bobby Bland Vol. II 10 audio iTunes 1974
94 Touch Of The Blues 10 audio iTunes 1974
95 Blues In The Night 14 audio iTunes 1985 Ace
96 Together Again...Live 12 audio iTunes 1980 MCA Records
97 Here We Go Again 9 audio iTunes 1982 MCA Records
98 Goin' Down Slow / Up And Down World 2 audio iTunes 1973 ABC/Dunhill Records
99 Poverty / Building A Fire With Rain 2 audio iTunes 1966 Duke
100 That Did It / Getting Used To The Blues 2 audio iTunes 1967 Duke
101 I Can't Stop Singing / The Feeling Is Gone 2 audio iTunes 1963 Duke
102 Shape Up Or Ship Out / The Love That We Share (Is True) 2 audio iTunes 1971 Duke
103 Yolanda 2 audio iTunes 1974 ABC Records
104 Reflections In Blue 9 audio iTunes 1977 MCA Records
105 Spotlighting The Man 10 audio iTunes MCA Records
106 Sweet Vibrations 8 audio iTunes 1980 MCA Records
107 Tell Mr. Bland 8 audio iTunes 1983 MCA Records
108 Touch Of The Blues 10 audio iTunes 1984 MCA Records
109 Ain't Nothing You Can Do 12 audio iTunes 1974 MCA Records
110 The Best Of Bobby Bland 12 audio iTunes 1974 MCA Records
111 Call On Me 12 audio iTunes 1984 MCA Records
112 Come Fly With Me 9 audio iTunes 1978 MCA Records
113 Here's The Man 11 audio iTunes 1974
114 Here We Go Again 9 audio iTunes 1982 MCA Records
115 I Feel Good, I Feel Fine 8 audio iTunes 1979 MCA Records
116 That's All There Is (There Ain't No More ) / I Don't Want Another Mountain To Climb 2 audio iTunes 1972 Duke
117 Spotlighting The Man 10 audio iTunes MCA Records
118 The Soul Of The Man 11 audio iTunes 1966 Duke
119 Save Your Love For Me / Share Your Love With Me 2 audio iTunes 1968 Duke
120 After All 9 audio iTunes 1986 Malaco Records
121 Charly Blues Masterworks Volume 12 - Bobby Blue Bland 25 audio iTunes 2009 Charly Records
122 I Take It On Home / You've Never Been This Far Before 2 audio iTunes 1975 ABC Records
123 Together For The First Time... Live 23 audio iTunes 1974 ABC Records
124 Sweet Vibrator 2 audio iTunes 1981 MCA Records
125 His California Album 10 audio iTunes BGO Records
126 The Best Of Bobby Bland 11 audio iTunes 1967 Duke
127 She's Puttin' Something In My Food 4 audio iTunes 1992 Malaco Records
128 Let The Good Times Roll / Strange Things 2 audio iTunes 1976 Impulse!
129 Call On Me 12 audio iTunes 1963 Duke
130 This Time I'm Gone For Good / Where Baby Went 2 audio iTunes 1973 ABC/Dunhill Records
131 This Time I'm Gone For Good 2 audio iTunes 1973
132 The Thrill Is Gone 2 audio iTunes 1976 Impulse!
133 You've Got Me Loving You 9 audio iTunes 1984 MCA Records
134 Members Only 2 audio iTunes 1985 Malaco Records
135 Who Will The Next Fool Be / Blue Moon 2 audio iTunes 1961 Duke
136 This Time I'm Gone For Good 2 audio iTunes 1973
137 Together Again...Live 12 audio iTunes 1976 ABC Records
138 Good Time Charlie 4 audio iTunes 1966 Duke
139 Sweet Vibrator 2 audio iTunes 1981 MCA Records
140 Members Only 9 audio iTunes 1985 Malaco Records
141 Come Fly With Me / Ain't God Something? 2 audio iTunes 1978 ABC Records
142 I'm So Tired 2 audio iTunes 1972 Duke
143 Double Trouble - Radio Mix / I've Got A Twenty Room House 2 audio iTunes 1995 Malaco Records
144 Together For The First Time... Live 24 audio iTunes 1974 MCA Records
145 It Ain´t The Real Thing / Who´s Foolin' Who 2 audio iTunes 1976 ABC Records
146 Stormy Monday Blues / Gotta Get To Know You 2 audio iTunes 1973 MCA Records, Inc.
147 The Soul Of A Man 2 audio iTunes 1977 ABC Records
148 Two Steps From The Blues 12 audio iTunes MCA Records
149 Angels In Houston: The Legendary Duke Blues Recordings 14 audio iTunes 1982 Rounder Records
150 I’m Too Far Gone (To Turn Around) / If You Could Read My Mind 2 audio iTunes 1965 Duke
151 Together For The First Time... Live 23 audio iTunes 1974 MCA Records
152 Turn On Your Lovelight / I Pity The Fool 2 audio iTunes Collectables
153 Spotlighting The Man 10 audio iTunes 1974
154 Blues Consolidated 12 audio iTunes 1980
155 I Smell Trouble / Don't Want No Woman 2 audio iTunes 1957 Duke
156 The Soul Of The Man 11 audio iTunes 1980 MCA Records
157 Portrait Of The Blues 10 audio iTunes 1991 Malaco Records
158 Don't Cry No More / Saint James Infirmary 2 audio iTunes 1973 Duke
159 Don't Cry No More / Saint James Infirmary 2 audio iTunes 1961 Duke
160 Sometime Tomorrow / Farther Up The Road 2 audio iTunes 1957 Duke
161 Ain’t Nothing You Can Do / Honey Child 2 audio iTunes 1964 Duke
162 Come Fly With Me 9 audio iTunes 1978 ABC Records
163 Members Only 2 audio iTunes 1985 Malaco Records
164 That Did It / Getting Used To The Blues 2 audio iTunes 1967 Duke
165 Call On Me / That's The Way Love Is 2 audio iTunes 1962 Duke
166 Call On Me 12 audio iTunes 1973 Bluesway
167 You're All I Need / Deep In My Soul 2 audio iTunes 1967 Duke
168 Yield Not To Temptation / How Does A Cheating Woman Feel 2 audio iTunes 1962 Vocalion (3)
169 Share Your Love With Me / After It's Too Late 2 audio iTunes 1964 Vocalion (3)
170 Earl Forest Featuring The Beale Streeters With Bobby Bland And Johnny Ace 16 audio iTunes 1987 Ace
171 Little Boy Blues + The Duke Sides 1952-1959 22 audio iTunes 2011 Hoodoo Records
172 Two Steps From The Blues 12 audio iTunes 1992 BGO Records
173 Blind Man / Black Night 2 audio iTunes 1965 Duke
174 Don't Cry No More / Saint James Infirmary 2 audio iTunes Duke
175 Spotlighting The Man 10 audio iTunes
176 Together For The First Time... Live 12 audio iTunes 2000 BGO Records
177 Love To See You Smile 2 audio iTunes 1978 ABC Records
178 Recess In Heaven / Exactly Where It's At 2 audio iTunes 1982 MCA Records
179 Together For The First Time... Live 23 audio iTunes 1974 ABC Records
180 Get Your Money Where You Spend Your Time / For The Last Time 2 audio iTunes 1987 Malaco Records
181 Do What You Set Out To Do / Ain't Nothing You Can Do 2 audio iTunes 1972 Duke
182 Chains Of Love 2 audio iTunes 1969 Action
183 After All 9 audio iTunes 1986 Malaco Records
184 Yield Not To Temptation 2 audio iTunes 1962-02-05 Vocalion (3)
185 His Greatest Recordings 14 audio iTunes 1978 At Ease
186 Driftin' Blues / If You Could Read My Mind 2 audio iTunes 1968 Duke
187 You Got Me (Where You Want Me) / Loan A Helping Hand 2 audio iTunes 2012 Duke
188 Jelly, Jelly, Jelly / Ain't That Loving You 2 audio iTunes 1961 Duke
189 Is This The Blues / You're About To Win 2 audio iTunes 1983 MCA Records
190 Introspective Of The Early Years 24 audio iTunes 1974 MCA Records
191 Best Of Bobby Bland Vol. II 10 audio iTunes 1968 MCA Records
192 Here's The Man 11 audio iTunes 1962 Duke
193 Two Steps From The Blues 14 audio iTunes 2012 Doxy
194 Dreamer 10 audio iTunes BGO Records
195 His California Album 10 audio iTunes 1991 MCA Records
196 Here's The Man 11 audio iTunes 1962 Vocalion (3)
197 Here's The Man 11 audio iTunes 1980
198 Woke Up Screaming 16 audio iTunes 1981 Ace
199 Goin' Down Slow 2 audio iTunes 1973 ABC/Dunhill Records
200 Good Time Charlie 2 audio iTunes 1966 Vocalion (3)
201 These Hands (Small But Mighty) / Today 2 audio iTunes 1965 Vocalion (3)
202 Ain’t Nothing You Can Do / Honey Child 2 audio iTunes 1964 Vocalion (3)
203 Who Will The Next Fool Be / Blue Moon 2 audio iTunes 1962 Vogue Pop
204 Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone 2 audio iTunes 1989 Malaco Records
205 I'll Take Care Of You / That's Why 2 audio iTunes 1959 Duke
206 First Class Blues 16 audio iTunes 1987 Malaco Records
207 Midnight Run 10 audio iTunes 1989 Malaco Records
208 Here We Go Again 9 audio iTunes 1982 MCA Records
209 Memphis Monday Morning 10 audio iTunes 1998 Malaco Records
210 Come Fly With Me 9 audio iTunes 1978 MCA Records
211 Honey Child / A Piece Of Gold 2 audio iTunes 1968 Duke
212 Blues Consolidated. Featuring The Barefoot Rock And You Got Me 12 audio iTunes 1973
213 Two Steps From The Blues 12 audio iTunes Duke
214 You're About To Win 2 audio iTunes 1982 MCA Records
215 Two Steps From The Blues 12 audio iTunes 1961 Duke
216 Turn On Your Love Light / I Pity The Fool 2 audio iTunes 1973 MCA Records
217 The Best Of Bobby Bland - Master Of The Blues 20 audio iTunes 1994 Nectar
218 That Did It! The Duke Recordings Volume 3 54 audio iTunes 1996 MCA Records
219 Here's The Man 5 audio iTunes 1962 Duke
220 Here's The Man 11 audio iTunes 1962 Duke
221 Call On Me 12 audio iTunes 1963 Duke
222 Together For The First Time... Live 23 audio iTunes 1980 MCA Records
223 A Touch Of The Blues / Shoes 2 audio iTunes 1967 Duke
224 Two Steps From The Blues 25 audio iTunes 2012 Soul Jam Records
225 Don't Cry No More / Saint James Infirmary 2 audio iTunes 1961 Vogue Pop
226 Cry Cry Cry / I've Been Wrong So Long 2 audio iTunes Vocalion (3)
227 Spotlighting The Man 10 audio iTunes 1984
228 Call On Me / That's The Way Love Is 2 audio iTunes 1962 Duke
229 That's The Way Love Is / Rocking In The Same Old Boat 2 audio iTunes 1973 MCA Records
230 Here's The Man 11 audio iTunes 2013 Doxy
231 Together Again...Live 12 audio iTunes 1980 MCA Records
232 Reflections In Blue 9 audio iTunes 1977 ABC Records
233 Bobby "Blue" Bland, Jimmy Soul And Johnny "Guitar" Watson 10 audio iTunes 1963 Crown Records (2)
234 Let The Good Times Roll / Strange Things 2 audio iTunes 1976 Impulse!
235 Dust Got In Daddy's Eyes / Ain't No Telling 2 audio iTunes 1965 Duke
236 I Pity The Fool / The Duke Recordings, Vol. One 44 audio iTunes 1992
237 Blues You Can Use 9 audio iTunes 1987 Malaco Records
238 Portrait Of The Blues 10 audio iTunes 1991 Malaco Records
239 Bobby "Blue" Bland And Johnny "Guitar" Watson 11 audio iTunes 1963 Crown Records (2)
240 It's My Life, Baby / Time Out 2 audio iTunes 1955 Duke
241 You Got Me (Where You Want Me) / Loan A Helping Hand 2 audio iTunes 1958 Duke
242 Bobby's Blues / Teach Me ( How To Love You) 2 audio iTunes 1958-02-00 Duke
243 Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City / I Would't Treat A Dog (The Way You Treated Me) 4 audio iTunes Goldies 45
244 Two Steps From The Blues 12 audio iTunes 1977 MCA Records
245 The Best Of Bobby Bland 11 audio iTunes 1967 Duke
246 Touch Of The Blues 10 audio iTunes 1978 Duke Records
247 Come Fly With Me 9 audio iTunes 1978 ABC Records
248 Midnight Run 10 audio iTunes 1989 Malaco Records
249 His California Album 10 audio iTunes 1973 ABC/Dunhill Records
250 Try Me, I'm Real 9 audio iTunes 1981 MCA Records
251 Blues Consolidated 12 audio iTunes Duke
252 Greatest Hits Volume One - The Duke Recordings 16 audio iTunes 1998
253 You Got Me (Where You Want Me) / Loan A Helping Hand 2 audio iTunes 1958 Duke
254 Portrait Of The Blues 10 audio iTunes 1991 Malaco Records
255 After All 9 audio iTunes 1986 Malaco Records
256 Two Steps From The Blues 12 audio iTunes 1962
257 This Time I'm Gone For Good 2 audio iTunes 1973 ABC/Dunhill Records
258 You've Got Me Loving You 2 audio iTunes 1984 MCA Records
259 His California Album 10 audio iTunes 1991 MCA Records
260 I Pity The Fool / The Duke Recordings, Vol. One 44 audio iTunes 1992
261 Together Again...Live 12 audio iTunes 1980 MCA Records
262 You're The One (That I Need) 4 audio iTunes 1961 Vocalion (3)
263 The Best Of Bobby Bland 12 audio iTunes MCA Records
264 I Take It On Home 2 audio iTunes 1975 ABC Records
265 Ain't Nothing You Can Do 12 audio iTunes 1980
266 Reflections In Blue 9 audio iTunes 1977 ABC Records
267 Here's The Man 11 audio iTunes
268 Call On Me 12 audio iTunes 1974 Duke
269 Together For The First Time... Live 23 audio iTunes 1974 Command Quadraphonic
270 She's Puttin' Something In My Food 4 audio iTunes 1992 Malaco Records
271 Take Off Your Shoes 4 audio iTunes 1990 Malaco Records
272 You've Got To Hurt Before You Heal 4 audio iTunes 1989 Malaco Records
273 24 Hours A Day 4 audio iTunes 1988 Malaco Records
274 The Best Of Bobby Bland The Millennium Collection 12 audio iTunes MCA (2)
275 Dreamer 10 audio iTunes MCA Records
276 Here We Go Again 9 audio iTunes 1990 MCA Records
277 That Did It / Getting Used To The Blues 2 audio iTunes 1967 Vogue
278 Little Boy Blue / Last Night 2 audio iTunes 1958 Duke
279 If You've Got A Heart / Sad Feeling 2 audio iTunes 1970 Duke
280 Loan A Helping Hand / You Got Me (Where You Want Me) 2 audio iTunes 1958 Duke
281 Two Steps From The Blues 12 audio iTunes 1961 Vocalion
282 I'm So Tired 2 audio iTunes 1972 Duke
283 The Best Of Bobby Bland 17 audio iTunes MCA Records

Singer, sometimes referred to as the "Lion of the Blues", and as the "Sinatra of the Blues". b. 27 January 1930 in Rosemark, Tennessee. d. 23 June 2013 in Memphis, Tennessee. Inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1981, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992, and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997. Bland was born Robert Calvin Brooks in the small town of Rosemark, Tennessee. After moving to Memphis with his mother in 1947, Bland started singing with local gospel groups there, including amongst others The Miniatures. Eager to expand his interests, he began frequenting the city's famous Beale Street where he became associated with an ad hoc circle of aspiring musicians including B.B. King, Rosco Gordon, Junior Parker and Johnny Ace, who collectively took the name of the Beale Streeters. Between 1950 and 1952, he recorded unsuccessful singles for Modern Records and, at Ike Turner's suggestion, for Sun Records — who licensed their recordings to the Chess label — before signing for Duke Records.When Bland returned to Memphis in 1954 he found several of his former associates, including Johnny Ace, enjoying considerable success. He joined Ace's revue, and returned to Duke Records, which by that time had started to be run by Houston entrepreneur Don Robey.Bland released his first single for Duke in 1955.[8] In 1956 he began touring on the "chitlin' circuit" with Junior Parker in a revue called Blues Consolidated, initially doubling as Parker's valet and driver, roles he also reportedly fulfilled for B.B. King and Rosco Gordon. He began recording for Duke with bandleader Bill Harvey and arranger Joe Scott, asserting his characteristic vocal style and, with Harvey and Scott, beginning to craft the melodic big band blues singles for which he became famous, often accompanied by guitarist Wayne Bennett. His first chart success came in 1957 with the R&B chart no. 1 hit "Farther Up the Road", which also reached no.43 on the Billboard Hot 100, and followed it up with a series of hits on the R&B chart including "Little Boy Blue" (1958). He also shared an album with Parker, Blues Consolidated, in 1958. Bland's craft was most clearly heard on a series of early 1960s releases including "Cry Cry Cry", "I Pity The Fool" — an R&B chart no.1 in 1961 — and "Turn On Your Love Light", which became a much-covered standard. Despite credits to the contrary — often claimed by Robey— many such classic works were written by Joe Scott. His final R&B no.1 came with "That's The Way Love Is" in 1963. However, he continued to enjoy a consistent run of R&B chart entries throughout the mid-1960s. Never truly breaking into the mainstream market, Bland's highest charting song on the pop chart, "Ain't Nothing You Can Do" peaked at #20 in 1964. He had 23 Top Ten hits on the Billboard R&B charts, and in the 1996 Top R&B book by Joel Whitburn, Bland was ranked the #13 all-time top charting artist. Financial pressures forced the singer to cut his touring band and in 1968 the group broke up. His record company Duke Records was sold by owner Don Robey to the larger ABC Records group. This resulted in several successful and critically acclaimed contemporary blues/soul albums including His California Album and Dreamer. The first single released from His California Album, "This Time I'm Gone For Good" took Bland back into the pop Top 50 for the first time since 1964 and made the R&B top 10 in late 1973. In 1985, Bland was signed by Malaco Records, specialists in traditional Southern black music for whom he made a series of albums while continuing to tour and appear at concerts with fellow blues singer B. B. King. Bland continued performing until shortly before his death. He died on June 23, 2013 at his home in Germantown, Tennessee, a suburb of Memphis, after what family members described as "an ongoing illness".


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