Bobby Bland turns 75

Bobby “Blue” Bland is a living legend, master of the smoldering blues song. He made his name with hot, hot ballads including “Little Boy Blue” and “Stormy Monday Blues,” but could also tear it up in uptempo numbers like his definitive version of “Turn On Your Lovelight.” Tomorrow Bland turns 75. The photo below is from the Michael Ochs archives, via the invaluable Allmusic site.
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Tomorrow morning Miss Sara Oxton and Brother Tad Selzer will honor Bland’s birthday on Minneapolis community radio station KFAI (live stream available) during the 7:00 a.m. (Central) hour on their “Rock House” program, of which I am a long-time “resident” (as Miss Sara calls the program’s fans). The hour willl be devoted to Bland’s music, and tomorrow’s show will be available for two weeks on KFAI’s archive page if you want to catch it later or, like me, listen to it a few more times.

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