Mon, Jun 24, 2013 12:26 PM EDT

Legendary blues singer Bobby "Blue" Bland passed away on Sunday. Family members told the media that Bland died from complications from a protracted illness and that he was surrounded by family members. He was 83 years old. USA Today remembered the singer as the "Sinatra of the blues." Here's a look at the height of his popularity after his 1974 album "Dreamer" on Soul Train.