Sunday night June 23, 2013 in Memphis, Tennnessee blues legend Bobby Blue Bland passed away. Bland’s son Rodd said he passed at approximately 5:30pm with family and friends by his side. He was a Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame inductee. In the 50’s and 60’s Bobby Blue Bland was one of the main creators of the modern soul blues sound.
Bland was a contemporary of B.B. King’s, serving as the blues great’s valet and chauffer at one point, and was one of the last of the living connections to the roots of the genre. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.
He scored his first No. 1 on the R&B charts with “Further On Up the Road” in 1957. Then, beginning with “I’ll Take Care of You” in early 1960, Bland released a dozen R&B hits in a row. That string included “Turn On Your Love Light” in 1961.