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Memphis music icon Bobby 'Blue' Bland has died

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Bland died Sunday in Memphis due to complications from an ongoing illness at the age of 83. Bland died Sunday in Memphis due to complications from an ongoing illness at the age of 83.
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(WMC-TV) – According to the Memphis Music Foundation, Memphis music icon Bobby "Blue" Bland has died.

Bland's hit "Farther Up the Road" went to number one on the R & B charts. "I Pity the Fool" was his second number one in 1961. Bland's third number one hit was "That's the Way Love Is" released in 1963.

The Hall of Fame artist and Grammy winning soul singer never forgot his Memphis roots. Bland was born and raised in Rosemark community near Bartlett and moved to Memphis in 1947, where he began his music career.

"This is a man who has a great history, and when people think Memphis music, he's one of those names that pops up. He's one of the first names you think of when you think Memphis music," said Pat Worley with the Memphis Music Foundation.

Bland died Sunday in Memphis due to complications from an ongoing illness at the age of 83.

The Reverend Jesse Jackson told the Associated Press that he and his wife went to a Bland concert on the day they were married in 1962.

A spokeswoman said B.B. King was too saddened by his friend Bland's death to comment publicly.

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