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Bobby Blue Bland It's My Life, Baby - The Singles As & Bs 2-CD

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Bobby Blue Bland: It's My Life, Baby - The Singles As & Bs 2-CD

(1951-60) (121:04/46)

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  • Interpret: Bobby Blue Bland

  • Album titlle: It's My Life, Baby - The Singles As & Bs 2-CD

  • Label JASMINE

  • Price code JAS
  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0604988056426

  • weight in Kg 0.12
Bland, Bobby 'Blue' - It's My Life, Baby - The Singles As & Bs 2-CD CD 1
01 Love You Till The Day I Die Bobby Blue Bland
02 Crying All Night Long Bobby Blue Bland
03 Dry Up Baby Bobby Blue Bland
04 Love My Baby Bobby Blue Bland
05 Drifting From Town To Town Bobby Blue Bland
06 Good Lovin' Bobby Blue Bland
07 I.O.U. Blues Bobby Blue Bland
08 Lovin' Blues Bobby Blue Bland
09 No Blow No Show Bobby Blue Bland
10 Army Blues Bobby Blue Bland
11 Wise Man Blues Bobby Blue Bland
12 Lost Lover Blues Bobby Blue Bland
13 Honey Bee Bobby Blue Bland
14 It's My Life Baby Bobby Blue Bland
15 Time Out Bobby Blue Bland
16 You Or None Bobby Blue Bland
17 I Woke Up Screaming Bobby Blue Bland
18 A Million Miles From Nowhere Bobby Blue Bland
19 You've Got Bad Intentions Bobby Blue Bland
20 I Can't Put You Down Bobby Blue Bland
21 I Don't Believe Bobby Blue Bland
22 I Learned My Lesson Bobby Blue Bland
23 I smell Trouble Bobby Blue Bland
24 Don't Want No Woman Bobby Blue Bland
25 Sometime Tomorrow Bobby Blue Bland
26 GFurther Up On The Road Bobby Blue Bland
27 Bobby's Blues Bobby Blue Bland
28 Teach me How To Love You Bobby Blue Bland
29 Loan A Helping Hand Bobby Blue Bland
30 You Got Me (Where You Want Me ) Bobby Blue Bland
31 Last Night Bobby Blue Bland
32 Little Boy Blue Bobby Blue Bland
33 You Did Me Wrong Bobby Blue Bland
34 I Lost Sight Of The World Bobby Blue Bland
35 I'm Not Ashamed Bobby Blue Bland
36 Wishing Well Bobby Blue Bland
37 Is It real Bobby Blue Bland
38 Someday Bobby Blue Bland
39 That's Why Bobby Blue Bland
40 I'll Take Care Of You Bobby Blue Bland
41 Hold Me Tenderly Bobby Blue Bland
42 Lead Me On Bobby Blue Bland
43 Cry Cry Cry Bobby Blue Bland
44 I've Been Wrong For So Long Bobby Blue Bland
45 I Pity The Fool Bobby Blue Bland
46 Close To You Bobby Blue Bland
Bobby Blue Bland Along about 1959, the Duke Records braintrust astutely recognized that Bobby... more
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Bobby Blue Bland

Along about 1959, the Duke Records braintrust astutely recognized that Bobby 'Blue' Bland had serious potential to cross over into the pop realm and make a much bigger splash than he already had in the blues and R&B arenas. The Rosemark, Tennessee native's melismatically enriched vocal style always got him over very well with the ladies, despite his not being a particularly agile presence onstage. Thanks to his wonderfully warm pipes, he didn't need to be 

It had taken Bland awhile to break through to the big time. He'd been recording for Duke since 1952, when it was still located in Memphis and before Houston entrepreneur Don Robey took the imprint over. Bland's impassioned wails and Duke's scorching house band had combined to cut some spectacular swinging blues sides, but Bobby didn't crack the R&B charts until 1957 with Farther Up The Road (see Disc Five).  Bland's artistic focus was steadily evolving, thanks to Duke in-house trumpeter/arranger/A&R man Joe Scott, who served as his mentor.

"He was just a gift from God, Joe Scott, because he taught me and everybody that was around the Duke label," says Bobby. "Joe Scott picked some good stories for me to tell, because he saw that I was a good storyteller if I had the lyrics. Not the long, drawn-out lyrics. Just make 'em short and to the point and leave some opening for ad-libbing, whatever your idea would be. 

Bobby's high-flying vocal range deepened when he underwent a tonsillectomy. "I wasn't able to hit a falsetto type like I had been singing in earlier years, after the operation with the tonsils. So it kind of lowered my voice," says Bland, who adopted a favorite vocal move of a famous singing preacher as his new trademark. "I was listening to 'The Eagle Stirreth Her Nest' by the Rev. C.L. Franklin, and I heard the squall in there. So I worked on it for about four or five days and developed it. It gave me a different Bobby Bland." He utilized that squall unforgettably on his spine-chilling 1958 hit Little Boy Blue.

When Bobby crooned Brook Benton's sedate ballad I'll Take Care Of You and blasted up to #2 on the R&B hit parade in early '60, it appeared he was leaving the blues behind. But Bland happily reverted to his roots on I Pity The Fool, a loping mid-tempo blues punctuated by Wayne Bennett's stinging guitar and a six-piece horn section led by Scott (Bobby's rhythm section consisted of pianist Teddy Reynolds, bassist Hamp Simmons and drummer John 'Jabo' Starks). The song was waxed on November 12, 1960 in Chicago, while Bland's contingent was on tour. Originally credited to Robey under his Deadric Malone sobriquet but probably written by Houston singer Joe Medwick Veasey, who also co-penned Farther Up The Road (Robey was in the habit of buying songs outright), I Pity The Fool catapulted to the top of the R&B charts and made a solid #46 pop showing.

"Joe Medwick, he did some hell of a writing when he did all those tunes," says former Duke house guitarist Texas Johnny Brown.

"Joe (Scott) found that, really," says Bobby. "It was a good change. I always had some good writers after I got my first record out there, and writers started pinpointing on what would be good for Bobby Bland: 'I'm going to write this particular tune.' It was a big thing for me."

Bland was by now a leading luminary on the R&B circuit with major pop appeal and would remain so on Duke into 1972. His non-stop litany of smashes included the gospel-fueled Turn On Your Love Light (1961) and Yield Not To Temptation (1962) as well as a lights-out '62 revival of T-Bone Walker's Stormy Monday Blues and the pop-oriented double-sided 1963 smash That's The Way Love Is b/w Call On Me

Bill Dahl
Chicago, Illinois 

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Tracklist
Bland, Bobby 'Blue' - It's My Life, Baby - The Singles As & Bs 2-CD CD 1
01 Love You Till The Day I Die
02 Crying All Night Long
03 Dry Up Baby
04 Love My Baby
05 Drifting From Town To Town
06 Good Lovin'
07 I.O.U. Blues
08 Lovin' Blues
09 No Blow No Show
10 Army Blues
11 Wise Man Blues
12 Lost Lover Blues
13 Honey Bee
14 It's My Life Baby
15 Time Out
16 You Or None
17 I Woke Up Screaming
18 A Million Miles From Nowhere
19 You've Got Bad Intentions
20 I Can't Put You Down
21 I Don't Believe
22 I Learned My Lesson
23 I smell Trouble
24 Don't Want No Woman
25 Sometime Tomorrow
26 GFurther Up On The Road
27 Bobby's Blues
28 Teach me How To Love You
29 Loan A Helping Hand
30 You Got Me (Where You Want Me )
31 Last Night
32 Little Boy Blue
33 You Did Me Wrong
34 I Lost Sight Of The World
35 I'm Not Ashamed
36 Wishing Well
37 Is It real
38 Someday
39 That's Why
40 I'll Take Care Of You
41 Hold Me Tenderly
42 Lead Me On
43 Cry Cry Cry
44 I've Been Wrong For So Long
45 I Pity The Fool
46 Close To You