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Blues musician Bobby 'Blue' Bland has died

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MEMPHIS, TN (Mississippi News Now) -

Famed Blues musician Bobby "Blue" Bland, 83, has died.

According to Wolf Stephenson, of Jackson-based Malaco Records, Bland died around 5:30 p.m. Sunday at his Memphis home.

Stephenson said Bland had been sick for several months.

According to the Malaco Records web site, Bland signed with Malaco Records in 1985. And Bland had released nine albums to date with Malaco.

In 1997, he was the recipient of the Recording Academy's coveted "Lifetime Achievement" Grammy. On November 9, 1998, he received The Blues Foundations "Lifetime Achievement Award". Bland was a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Blues Hall of Fame.

His recording label said he stopped making music about three years ago and had been sick for some time.

Bland had 62 R&B chart records. He got his start in the 1950's and turned out such hits as, "Turn on Your Love Light", "That's the Way Love Is" and "I Pity the Fool".

Bland leaves behind a legacy in the music industry.

No funeral arrangements have been announced at this time.

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