Baker's Dozen

Artists discuss the 13 records that shaped their lives

10. Bobby “Blue” BlandThe Best Of Bobby “Blue” Bland

My late friend and mentor, a guy called Roger Eagle, who used to run Eric’s [club] in Liverpool, he turned me on to Bobby Bland. And straight away I was just blown away by the voice. This incredible voice. What I like about Bobby Bland is he has tinges of jazz in the R&B, it’s not just straight ahead R&B, the jazz comes through. I was very fortunate to spend time with Bobby, and B.B. King as well, they were very close friends [of one another]. B.B. contributes to the film we made when we went over to Memphis and I spent a little time with Bobby [this documentary features on the DVD edition of M.H.’s 2008 solo album, Tribute to Bobby]. He’s a profound influence on me, he’s a truly great singer. His music lives with me, and I just love him and it. I love the R&B of that period. A wonderful experience, just knowing these guys, and spending time with them and listening to their stories.

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