Personalities | Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland | Fifties | Jazz & Blues

(Vocals, b. 1930)

Robert Calvin Brooks was born in Rosemark, Tennessee. He began recording in 1951 and was associated with B.B. King, Little Junior Parker, Johnny Ace and others in Memphis. A suave, deep-voiced blues romantic, he signed with Duke Records in 1952 and was one of the most consistent hitmakers in the soul blues idiom from the late 1950s to the 1970s. He had R&B number ones with ‘Further On Up The Road’ (1957), ‘I Pity The Fool’ (1961) and ‘That’s The Way Love Is’ (1963).

Styles & Forms | Fifties | Jazz & Blues
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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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