Bobby Bland

Bobby "Blue" Bland - Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City

These Hands (Small But Mighty)
I Pity The Fool
Don’t Cry No More
Good Time Charlie
Cry, Cry, Cry
Turn On Your Love Light
Yield Not To Temptation
Call On Me
That’s The Way Love Is
Ain’t Nothing You Can Do
Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City
I Ain’t Myself Anymore
Yum Yum Tree

Many, many tracks by Bobby Bland were introduced first at the Twisted Wheel. Other clubs caught on to some of Bobby’s brilliant tracks but only the Blue Note in Manchester continued the tradition of playing a large catalogue of Bobby’s recordings.

The DJ at the Twisted Wheel who then moved to the Blue Note in late 1966 was Roger Eagle. Later Dave Phillips and Dave Lomas continued the Bobby Bland tradition.

The most popular track by far was Good Time Charlie – working his Groove Bag of course.

Bobby was a big favourite of Roger Eagle. He made certain that we all knew all of Bobby’s recordings. His particular favourite was Turn On Your Lovelight which got a lot of plays when Roger moved to the Blue Note. Curios fact Mick Hucknall was one time managed by Roger and looks like the influence from Rog and Bobby Bland may have been substantial as in 2013 Mick recorded an entire album of Bobby Bland’s recordings.

Bobby Bland
Bobby Bland

Born: January 27, 1930, Rosemark, TN and nicknamed ‘The Voice’, Bobby learned his deep inner throat voice style by imitating the Reverend C L Franklin’s (Aretha’s father) shouting sermon style – a worthy pedigree for a soul singer.
A founder member of the ‘Beale Streeters’, in Memphis which also included B.B. King and Johnny Ace.

It’s his track “SHOES” that makes it into Kev Roberts Top 500 No. 491.

Born: January 27, 1930

Died: June 23, 2013

Bobby Bland – Wikipedia