A seminal part of the history of rhythm and blues music, Bland was born in a tiny community in Shelby County, Tennessee on 27 January 1930.
After top ten R&B hits with Honest I Do and I'm Gonna Get You Baby, Jimmy Reed entered Billboard's R&B chart for 5 January 1959 with I Told You Baby.
The 1960s were in their dying days when Little Milton made another entry on Billboard's soul singles chart on 27 December 1969 with If Walls Could Talk.
As he became an octogenarian, B.B. released the all-star album featuring Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Elton John, Van Morrison and many more.
The late, revered R&B vocal stylist Bobby 'Blue' Bland will be honoured with the unveiling of a life-size statue in Memphis, Tennessee on 12 May 2017.
The Tedeschi Trucks Band will release the live album and concert film Live From The Fox Oakland on Fantasy Records, via Concord, on 17 March.
Van Morrison has confirmed the late September release of Keeps Me Singing, his first album of new material since Born To Sing: No Plan B in 2012.
John Mayall, Elvin Bishop, the partners in Malaco Records and a Mamie Smith classic will be among the inductees into the Blues Hall of Fame for 2016.