Bobby “Blue” Bland Dead at 83

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The world lost a music legend on Sunday as Bobby “Blue” Bland died at 83 years old.

Known as “the Lion of the Blues,” Bland ushered in the blending of Southern blues and soul in songs like “Turn on Your Love Light” and “Further on Up the Road,” proving to be a true pioneer in the world of music.

According to the Associated Press, the legend’s son, Rodd Bland, said that his father died at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Saturday (June 23) due to complications from an ongoing illness at his Memphis, TN, residence. He was surrounded by relatives during his last hours.

h/t – BET