You'reThe One (That I Need)
Somehow, even though we all knew it was coming, it doesn't seem possible that Bobby Bland is no longer with us. He was there in Memphis at Sunbeam Mitchell's Club Handy when it all began, and he lived there in Memphis until the day he died, same as he ever was. An absolute giant of R&B, his was one of the last great voices at the heart of Black American Music. His name was a mainstay on the R&B charts for four decades, and he never stopped performing, working wherever and whenever he got the chance.
The music he created was deep, in every sense of the word. This awesome record we have here, the flip of 1961 monster hit Turn On Your Love Light, just gives me chills. Bobby's smoke-filled velvet vocals fill the room over Wayne Bennett's impeccable guitar work and Joe Scott's mournful arrangement. A contemporary of Sam Cooke and Ray Charles, he contributed as much (if not more) to the evolution of Soul music as either one of them. So much more than a 'Blues' singer, I don't think mainstream America ever truly appreciated how great he really was.
Maybe now they will.