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I was fortunate to spend some time in conversation with Wayne Bennett - Bobby Bland's legendary guitarist - when the Malaco Review came to the UK in 1989. Whilst regaling me with tales of 'the old days', he was also kind enough to sign a few 45s that I'd taken along.


Whereas Wayne Bennett was happy to sign my 45s and chat for a good hour or so, Bobby Bland was surly and, I felt, rather disagreeable. He would only sign one 45 and appeared reluctant to do even that. The weak squiggle on this copy of Blue Moon is what passes for his autograph. Perhaps he was just having a bad day.

Regardless, these remain treasured possessions.


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This will bring flashbacks of all the Bobby Bland 45s on Duke I've had to flip through. I remember going through a small lot of about 1000 45s from Dallas in the 90s & damn near 50% of them would have been Bobby Bland Duke 45s, copy after copy of the same 45s, if it had have been a massive lot of 45s it would have been unbearable, 1000 was grueling enough with that sort of repetition. I think I probably could have easily ran almost his entire output for the label. :sleep3:

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