Tennessee, US (TG):  Bobby Bland, the American singer who helped to define the sound of modern blues, has died aged 83. Bland was born in Rosemark, Tennessee in 1930. Known as The Lion of The Blues, he was a contemporary of blues and soul icons BB King and Ray Charles, and joined blues group the Beale Streeters when he first moved to Memphis in 1947. Fifty years later, he won a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his services to music.