Fri04182014

Greater Metro

Rest in peace Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland

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Bobby "Blue" Bland was laid to rest Thursday afternoon after a 2-plus hour celebration of his life and legacy.

The celebration featured reflections by Memphis elected officials, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, as well as Al Bell, David Porter and B.B. King. Blues Foundation president Jay Sieleman was one of the featured speakers as well.

Musical selections were performed by Otis Clay and Shirley Brown. The Bland family has asked that all memorials be sent to The Blues Foundation's HART Fund.

Services for Bland were held at First Baptist Church-Broad at 2835 Broad Ave.

The blues and soul balladeer died beloved and revered last Sunday (June 23) at age 83.

Bland's son, Rodd, told CNN that failing health had forced his dad off the stage earlier this year. He said Bland passed away from natural causes at his home in Germantown.

(Source: blues.org and CNN)