Van Morrison, Bob Seger, Eric Burdon, Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton and Steve Miller, to mention a few, learned a lot from him. Van and Eric B openly acknowledged his influence. But nobody could top what he did, and he did it with sheer, raw talent and a driving force inside him that could not be stopped. My sister had his 1962 45 rpm record, "Call On Me", that he recorded in Houston at Duke Records. He combined a sweet, gentle melody and a powerful, startling roar, backed by a full orchestra, to create a double-whammy hit record, one of my all-time favorite songs. BP, that is fantastic that you got to see him perform with BB King...they were the greatest duo ever to perform a Blues repertoire. We do "Further On Up The Road", "Cry, Cry, Cry", "Two Steps From The Blues", "I Pity The Fool", and "Turn On Your Love Light". Pee Wee does Bobby Bland great, and it has kept the spirit of this great artist alive and well in our stage show. I will always remember the beauty and depth of his softer side which stood in contrast to the power and fury of his intense material. He had it all. WC1
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