Product Dimensions: 8”x10” photo in 11”x14” matte
Author/Artist: Center for Southern Folklore Archives
Bobby Bland's first single, It's My Life, Baby, was released in 1955. For the next ten years Bland had many number one hits on the r&b charts including Farther on up the Road, I Pity the Fool, and That's the Way Love Is. His record Two Steps from the Blues, (1961) is considered a classic, and a definitive example of the soul blues style which he mastered. Junior Parker, also known as Little Junior Parker or "Mr. Blues" was born in 1932 and was a successful and influential Memphis blues singer and musician with a unique voice often described as "honeyed," and "velvet-smooth". Among his most successful songs were: Feelin' Good, Love My Baby, and Mystery Train which was later covered by Elvis Presley. Parker was posthumously inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2001. In the 1950s, Bland and Parker with B. B. King were members of the Memphis Blues group, the Beale Streeters, along with B.B. King.