Soul of the Man: Bobby "Blue" Bland (American Made Music Series)

Soul of the Man: Bobby "Blue" Bland (American Made Music Series)

Charles Farley


Bobby "Blue" Bland's silky tender vocal type and attractive stay performances helped propel the blues out of Delta juke joints and into city golf equipment and upscale theaters. formerly, his tale hasn't ever been advised in a book-length biography.

Soul of the fellow: Bobby "Blue" Bland relates how Bland, in addition to longtime pal B. B. King, and different participants of the loosely knit staff who referred to as themselves the Beale Streeters, solid a brand new electrified blues type in Memphis within the early Nineteen Fifties. Combining components of Delta blues, southern gospel, big-band jazz, and nation and western track, Bland and the Beale Streeters have been on the middle of a revolution. This biography strains Bland's lifestyles and recording occupation, from his earliest paintings via his first gigantic hit in 1957, "Farther Up the Road." It is going directly to inform the tale of the way Bland scored hit after hit, putting greater than sixty songs at the R&B charts in the course of the Sixties, '70s, and '80s.

While greater than two-thirds of his hits crossed over onto pop charts, Bland is unusually no longer widely recognized outdoor the African American neighborhood. however, lots of his recordings are criteria, and he has created ratings of hit albums similar to his vintage 1961 Two Steps from the Blues, generally one in all the simplest blues albums of all time. Soul of the Man encompasses a decide upon discography of the main major recordings made through Bland, in addition to a listing of all his significant awards. A four-time Grammy nominee, he got Lifetime success Awards from the nationwide Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and the Blues starting place, in addition to the Rhythm & Blues Foundation's Pioneer Award. He used to be additionally inducted into the Rock and Roll corridor of repute and the Blues Foundation's corridor of status. This biography eventually heralds one in every of America's nice song makers.

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