Bobby "Blue" Bland (January 27, 1930 – June 23, 2013) was a debonair balladeer whose sophisticated, emotionally fraught performances helped modernize the blues. Though he possessed gifts on a par with his most consummate peers, Mr. Bland never achieved the popular acclaim enjoyed by contemporaries like Ray Charles and B. B. King. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 and received a Grammy Award for lifetime achievement in 1997.