Sunday, July 7, 2013

Saturday Night At The Liberal Curmudgeon: Remembering Bobby "Blue" Bland

Bobby "Blue" Bland, since the 1950s one of the most influential blues and soul singers, recently passed away. Listed among Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Singers, Bland above covered Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone" with his characteristic emotional directness. For more on Bobby "Blue" Bland, listen to the tribute on the St. James Infirmary music show, hosted by my good friend Michael Mand.


Michael J. Mand said...

Thanks, once again, for the plug. There were very few more soulful blues singers than Bobby Bland. You have chosen an excellent example of cross-infuences among great singers - and I may use it myself in a future show. It is obvious that there could not have been a Bill Withers, without a Bobby Bland, and, I say with confidence, that the first to admit this would be Withers himself. Great choice.

Jeff Tone said...

Many thanks--and thanks to you for inspiring me to feature Bobby "Blue" Bland. If you read the link under "passed away," you'll see the many whom he influenced.