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MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Bobby “Blue” Bland, arguably one of the best pure rhythm and blues singers ever, has died at 83.

Bland’s son said the singer died Sunday after complications from an ongoing illness.

The singer died in his Memphis, Tennessee, home surrounded by relatives.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 and was presented with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997.

Bland recorded and sang over eight decades, starting with the Embryonic Blues and Rhythm and Blues circuit of the Deep South in the late 1940s.