R&B Pioneer Bobby 'Blue' Bland Dead at 83

Check out a video of the rhythm and blues singer -- a contemporary of Ray Charles and B.B. King who was sampled by Jay-Z -- performing with King on Soul Train.

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Bobby "Blue" Bland performs in New Orleans in 2011. (Rick Diamond/Getty Images Entertainment)

The New York Times is reporting that Bobby "Blue" Bland -- the soulful balladeer who gave us hits like "Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City" (which Jay-Z sampled on his 2001 album, The Blueprint), "I Pity the Fool" and "That's the Way Love Is" -- has passed away. He was 83.

The blues legend -- a contemporary of Ray Charles and B.B. King -- was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992. Watch Bland and King perform together on Soul Train in 1975:

Read more at the New York Times.

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