The Blues Britannia season continues with archive footage of blues performances from the past 50 years. Featuring famous songs by Son House, The Kinks, BB King, John Lee Hooker and Eric Clapton.
New. Profile of the American singer Bobby "Blue" Bland, who developed a sound that blended gospel with the blues. Also known as "The Lion of the Blues", he is considered by many to be one of the finest singers in postwar blues and has been championed by the likes of Van Morrison. See panel.
Bobby Bland: Two Steps from
Blues 9.00pm BBC4 DOCUMENTARY
Put his name alongside Sam Cooke and Ray Charles, for if Bobby Bland didn't invent the soul ballad, he gave it a matchless, subtle tenderness. This wonderful biographical film has plenty of talking heads - Van Morrison, BB King, Mick Hucknall among them - but not at the expense of music. Superb live performances show why they rate Bland so highly. His story begins with the blues and illuminates the history of pop from the 1950s on. And when Bland purrs, growls and caresses a song, quite simply, you feel it. This is top-drawer stuff in every way. GE
tair. Performances by many of the jreatest blues artists that have appeared on the music variety show, including BB King, Bo Diddley ,
Eric Clapton and Seasick Steve. See panel.
Repeated on Thursday at 10.30pm Later Live.... with Jools Holland continues on Tuesday at 10pm on BBC2
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