Blues and soul singer Bobby “Blue” Bland is sometimes referred to as the
“Lion of the Blues” who , along with Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, and Junior
Parker developed the mixed sound of gospel with R&B. 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. Bobby
turned 81 on January 27th.