GRENADA, Miss. (AP) — Singer Bobby "Blue" Bland, who blended Southern
blues and soul in songs such as "Turn on Your Love Light" and "Further on
up the Road," has died.
Bland’s son Rodd said his father died about 5:30 p.m. Sunday at his Memphis
home surrounded by relatives. His son said he died from complications from
an ongoing illness.
Since 2008, Bland had been using a wheelchair to limit his walking but would
stand up at his performances, as he did in November when he sang at his
induction into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame.
He was inducted in 1992 into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which hailed
him as "second in stature only to B.B. King as a product of Memphis’ Beale
Street blues scene."