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Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland: 5 Facts About ‘Little Boy Blue’

Bobby 'Blue' Bland peforming in 1996If I had a million dollars I’d give you every, a-every dime
Just to hear you call me, “Bobby,” one more time.

That’s what Bobby “Blue” Bland sang in his trademark 1958 single, “Little Boy Blue,” which unveiled his trademark vocal style: a restrained, silky-smooth crooner’s delivery, punctuated at the right moment by a high-pitched, pleading squall. It fused the earthy raw power of rural blues singers such as Robert Johnson with the jazz-inflected urbanity of Nat King Cole. And if the Tennessee native had gotten a dollar for every blues and rock singer – from Otis Redding to Van Morrison – who was influenced by his sound, he might actually have been able to pay his baby that million.

Here are some intriguing facts about Bland, who died on June 23 at age 83 in Memphis, Tenn., and his music.


Photo: Bland at the Long Beach Blues Festival in 1996 by Masahiro Sumori via Wikipedia


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