1973 Bobby Blue Bland – His California Album

Robert Calvin “Bobby” Bland (Robert Calvin Brooks; January 27, 1930 – June 23, 2013), known professionally as Bobby Blue Bland, was an American blues and R&B singer.

Bland developed a sound that mixed gospel with the blues and R&B.He was described as “among the great storytellers of blues and soul music… [who] created tempestuous arias of love, betrayal and resignation, set against roiling, dramatic orchestrations, and left the listener drained but awed.” He was sometimes referred to as the “Lion of the Blues” and as the “Sinatra of the Blues”. His music was also influenced by Nat King Cole.

Bland was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1981, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992, and the Memphis Music Hall of Fame in 2012. He received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame described him as “second in stature only to B.B. King as a product of Memphis’s Beale Street blues scene”.


1  This Time I’m Gone For Good (Deadric Malone, Oscar Perry) 3:36
2  Up And Down World (Deadric Malone, Van Morrison) 3:36
3  It’s Not The Spotlight (Barry Goldberg, Gerry Goffin) 3:56
4  If Loving You Is Wrong I Don’t Want To Be Right (Luther Ingram, Mack Rice) 3:55
Goin’ Down Slow (James B Oden) 5:37
6  The Right Place At The Right Time (Deadric Malone) 3:00
7  Help Me Through The Day (Leon Russell) 3:54
8  Where My Baby Went (Deadric Malone) 3:22
9  Friday The 13th Child (David Clayton Thomas) 3:17
10  I’ve Got To Use My Imagination (Barry Goldberg, Gerry Goffin) 4:14


BassMax Bennett
BassWilton Felder
DrumsEd Greene
GuitarBen Benay
GuitarLarry Carlton
GuitarDean Parks
GuitarDavid Cohen
GuitarMel Brown
OrganMichael Omartian
PianoMichael Omartian
SaxErnie Watts
SaxJackie Kelso
TrumpetChuck Findley
TrumpetPaul Hubinon
TromboneDick Hyde
Background VocalsGinger Blake
Background VocalsJulia Tillman Waters
Background VocalsMaxine Willard Waters

Liner Notes

Producer – Steve Barri
Concertmaster (Strings) – Sidney Sharp
Conductor, Arranged By, Piano, Organ – Michael Omartian
Engineer (Assistant) – Howard Gale
Engineer (Audio) – Phil Kaye
Engineer (Mastering) – Vic Zaslav

Illustration – Alain Moreau
Photography By – Fred Poore

Recorded At – ABC Recording Studios
Mastered At – ABC Recording Studios
Phonographic Copyright (p) – ABC Records, Inc.
Copyright (c) – ABC Records, Inc.