Bobby "Blue" Bland 

Bobby "Blue" Bland is named the "Boss of the Blues" on his honorary brass note on Beale's Walk of Fame. He entered the Memphis music scene at an early age and around 1950 joined the short-lived vocal group, the Beale Streeters, which included B.B. King, Johnny Ace, and Rosco Gordon. Bland became known for his smooth vocals, so uniquely suited to his mix of gospel, blues, and R&B. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997. Bland still tours today, and his son, Rodd Bland, performs regularly on Beale with his band, Mercury Boulevard.

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