Legendary blues singer Bobby “Blue” Bland passed away yesterday at the age of 83. The Associated Press reports that he died of complications from an ongoing illness.
Bland, who got his start working at Sam Phillips prolific Sun Studios in Memphis, recorded a number of soulful classics like “Farthur on Up the Road,” “I Pity The Fool,” “Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City” and “Turn on Your Lovelight,” the last of which became a staple of the Grateful Dead’s repertoire. Bland was known as the “Frank Sinatra of blues,” and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992. He was also ranked #44 on Rolling Stone‘s 100 Greatest Singers list.