You will notice I am sold on Soul. It has become an obsession with me now. Marry an obsession with a collector instinct and it was inevitable that I would start seeking out more and more obscure examples of my chosen passion. The trouble with that is that sometimes you overlook what is right under your nose. So it is with me and Bobby Bland.
I first became aware of Bobby Bland in the mid Seventies when I bought his “Dreamer” album as a cut out, I think this purchase was the result of me hearing the wonderful “Aint No Love In The Heart Of The City”. So I really have no excuse for then virtually ignoring his extensive body of work for the next few decades.
Then, earlier this year, I dug out that Dreamer album and gave it another spin, kicked myself, and vowed to give his work some proper attention.
So it is, finally, I have come to realise what a great blues, soul, R&B – call it what you will – singer Bobby Bland was - yes, was. I bought these two singles only last week, and now I read that Bobby passed away yesterday at the age of 83.
I’m a bit late in saying this - but thank you for the music Bobby.