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Remembering Bobby Blue Bland

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"Whatever moments you get of happiness, use it up... because it don't come that often."

Known as "The Sinatra of the Blues," Bobby "Blue" Bland (1930 - 2013) wowed fans with gospel-influenced blues and soul and was beloved for his uniquely lush and dramatic tunes. We're remembering Bland with some of our favorite songs and memories.

"Whatever moments you get of happiness, use it up, you know, if you can, because it don't come that often."

~ Bobby "Blue" Bland

Fried chicken and hot sauce with Bobby 'Blue' Bland

B.B. King and Bobby "Blue" Bland perform "The Thrill is Gone" in 1977.

Bobby "Blue" Bland performs "That's The Way Love Is."

"I am overwhelmed by the people who are still posting on the guest book. I would like to thank each and everyone of you who are posting and saying such nice things. I check in from time to time to read the comments. I miss him too. RIP (Love, Treetop)"

~ Treetop Moses, Cordova, Tennessee

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