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. Other popular records from this period were "Grits Ain't Groceries," "Little Boy Blue," "I Pity the Fool," "Stormy Monday Blues" and "Two Steps from the Blues."
After Duke was sold to ABC Records in 1973, Bland's career began to diminish. Though he continued recording throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Bland never regained his former fame on recordings but toured and became a major influence on the Soul blues sound.
As a singer, Bland projected a grainy, down-to-earth quality, punctuated with guttural growls and snorts that would come to be known as the “chicken-bone sound.” Yet his voice was simultaneously smooth as velvet, allowing Bland to bring audiences under his hypnotic spell as he walked a fine line between passionate expression and exquisite self-control.
Bland’s painstakingly crafted records featured his deliberate, resolute vocals set over a backdrop of dazzling horn fanfares, supple rhythm parts and Wayne Bennett’s T-Bone Walker -style guitar.
January 27, 1930: BobbyBland was born in Rosemark, TN.
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