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    Charles Farley(Author)

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Bobby ""Blue"" Bland's silky smooth vocal style and captivating live performances helped propel the blues out of Delta juke joints and into urban clubs and upscale theaters.Until now, his story has never been told in a book-length biography.

Soul of the Man: Bobby ""Blue"" Bland relates how Bland, along with longtime friend B. B. King, and other members of the loosely knit group who called themselves the Beale Streeters, forged a new electrified blues style in Memphis in the early 1950s.Combining elements of Delta blues, southern gospel, big-band jazz, and country and western music, Bland and the Beale Streeters were at the heart of a revolution.This biography traces Bland's life and recording career, from his earliest work through his first big hit in 1957, ""Farther Up the Road.""It goes on to tell the story of how Bland scored hit after hit, placing more than sixty songs on the R&B charts throughout the 1960s, '70s, and '80s.

While more than two-thirds of his hits crossed over onto pop charts, Bland is surprisingly not widely known outside the African American community.Nevertheless, many of his recordings are standards, and he has created scores of hit albums such as his classic 1961 Two Steps from the Blues, widely considered one of the best blues albums of all time.Soul of the Man contains a select discography of the most significant recordings made by Bland, as well as a list of all his major awards.A four-time Grammy nominee, he received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and the Blues Foundation, as well as the Rhythm & Blues Foundation's Pioneer Award.He was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Blues Foundation's Hall of Fame.This biography at last heralds one of America's great music makers.

"In January, when the erudite New Yorker magazine proposed Bobby "Blue" Bland as an outside contender for "voice of the century," it bestowed contemporary credibility on a bygone age and almost its last representative." (Sunday Times Culture Magazine, 6 March 2011)"

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  • PDF | 336 pages
  • Charles Farley(Author)
  • University Press of Mississippi (28 Feb. 2011)
  • English
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  • Biography

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  • By grahame joyce on 11 February 2014

    My favourite singer, so I am slightly biased. Well researched it delves deeply into his life and music for example, being ripped off by Don Robey the Duke record label owner ( Bobby didn't seem bitter about that at all) and does not shy away from his troubles with alcohol and illiteracy. In the end you realise what a triumph his life was despite those handicaps. His music conquers all.A major figure in Black Music history, up there with James Brown, Marvin Gaye and Bobby Womack ( when is someone going to write a decent biog. about him)?

  • By D on 25 April 2014

    This is an excellent bio of one of the greatest ever blues singers. The author goes into great detail and I found it a fascinating read. It most likely to appeal to those with a good grounding in American Blues, RnB and Soul music as the references to other artists are very detailed.

  • By mr peter r moroney on 24 December 2012

    To get the insight into that period of American music and the people who made it happen . GET IT.


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