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NORTHERN-RARE SOUL - BOBBY BLAND - 'SHOES'

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Published on Mar 18, 2011

"Featuring an ultra cool stop/ start arrangement, this is yet another fine record by the great Mr Bland." Derek's Daily 45's

Robert Calvin Bland from Rosemark, Tennessee is no stranger to the Northern-Rare Soul scene despite being world renowned as a Blues master. Bland is sometimes referred to as "The Lion of the Blues" for his unique and distinctive, raw, growling voice, even inspiring Little Milton Campbell. His recordings go back as far as 1949, and with several other soul dance Duke singles -
Call On Me
Yum Yum Tree
I'm Ain't Myself Anymore
Honey Child
These Hands (Small but Mighty)
Aint Nothing You Can Do
Gotta Get To Know You

"Shoes" was also on Bland's 1967 album "A Touch of the Blues". Some of the tracks are thought to be recorded in Chicago or even have Detroit connections. "...uptempo tracks such as `Shoes` and `Yum Yum Tree` were recorded in Chicago, the former late Nov - early Dec '66 and the latter produced by Andre Williams on 28th Feb '69." Keith Rylatt
Duke records boss Don Robey, based at "Robey's Bronze Peacock Club" 2809-Erastus-Street Houston-Texas, " ....had a habit of buying songs out right and putting various writing credits to them, mainly his own or his alias Don Malone."
"Shoes" represents Bland's true anthem, after being reactivated and gaining constant spins in the early 1980's - particularly at the 6T's 100 Club, London.

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