Friends, Family And Fans Say Goodbye to Blues Legend

Friends, Family And Fans Say Goodbye to Blues Legend

Hundreds came to say goodbye to Blues legend Bobby "Blue" Bland Thursday. Memphians sat right alongside the Reverend Jesse Jackson and big time singers Otis Clay and BB King.
MEMPHIS, TN -- They're singing the Blues on Beale for a world renowned Blues legend. Singer Bobby "Blue" Bland's funeral was held Thursday.

Hundreds came to say goodbye. Memphians sat right alongside the Reverend Jesse Jackson and big time singers Otis Clay and BB King.

Bland's funeral was filled with the music he loved and memories from those who loved him.

His music career began on Beale Street in the 1950s, so it's only fitting Memphis says goodbye to him there.

Bland made a final tour of Beale Street Thursday. Family and friends drove down the road where Bland's storied career began over half a century ago.

Earlier, hundreds attended Bland's funeral at Broad Avenue Baptist.

Many were from the music industry, offering a tribute to his life's work and his life's love.

"Listening to Bland's vocal performance provided a tour of all human emotions," says Jay Sieleman with the Blues Foundation. "You hear love, joy, pain. It was all there on stage with the man."

Otis Clay sang.

BB king spoke.

"He was a great great singer," King said. "Bobby I miss you old boy. He was my friend. God bless you."

The Reverend Jesse Jackson shared memories of the Grammy winner.

"Bobby was a singer. No one adjective is enough. Some call him a Sinatra of the Blues, a pearl of the Blues world, valued by his fans and peers. Otis Redding, The Allman Brothers, Elvis Presley. They all looked up to Bobby Blue Bland."

A spokesperson for the Blues Foundation promised those attending his funeral they will be building a Blues Hall of Fame in downtown Memphis to honor local artists like Bland.
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