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Bobby Bland

Bobby "Blue" Bland (born January 27, 1930) is an American singer and was an original member of The Beale Streeters. He released a couple unsuccessful singles for Chess Records in 1951 and Modern Records and Duke Records in 1952. That year, Bland entered the Army and returned to music upon his discharge in 1955. His first successful single was "It's My Life Baby", showcasing a new, more mature sound.

Guitarist Pat Hare contributed to Bland's first national hit, "Farther up the Road" (1957). Clarence Holliman was his guitarist for most of his 1950s sides, including "Loan a Helping Hand", "I Smell Trouble", "Don't Want No Woman" and "Teach Me (How to Love You)". In the 1960s, Bland was working with Wayne Bennett, including "Turn on Your Love Light" (1961) and "Yield Not to Temptation" (1962); he was by then a superstar and world-famous entertainer. After a switch to ABC Records in 1973, Bland's career began to diminish. Though he continued recording throughout the 1980s and '90s, Bland never regained his former fame.