Album of the Day 01.27.14: The Best of Bobby Blue Bland

In honor of Bobby “Blue” Bland’s birthday, we’re highlight The Best of Bobby “Blue” Bland!

The Best of Bobby “Blue” Bland features track such as “I Pity the Fool”, “I’ll Take Care of You”, “Turn On Your Love Light” and more. Bobby Bland was also referred to as “The Lion of the Blues”, or “The Sinatra of the Blues”.

His first chart success came in 1957 with “Farther Up the Road,” hitting no. 1 on the R&B Charts, it also reached no. 43 on the Billboard Hot 100. Bland was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1981, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992, and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement award in 1997. His track “I’ll Take Care of You” was written by Brook Benton and originally recorded by Bland in 1959. It has gone on to be covered by the likes of Van Morrison, Etta james and Gil Scott-Heron, to name a few. The Jamie xx remix of Gil Scott’s version [of "I'll Take Care of You,"] was reworked by Drake and Rihanna and released as the single “Take Care” for the album Take Care by Drake.

Through his career, Bland collaborated with Van Morrison, and in 2008, Mick Hucknall of Simply Red released, Tribute to Bobby, containing songs associated with Bland. Bland had a total of 23 Top Ten hits on the Billboard R&B charts and in the 1996 Top R&B book, Bland was ranked the #13 all-tim top charting artist.

Bland continued performing until shortly before his death. He passed away on June 23, 2013 at his home in Germantown, Tennessee.

List to the original version of “I’ll Take Care of You,” below.
Happy birthday Bobby!


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