In the wake of the third presidential debate, Lowell George may sum up the feelings of much of the electorate with his "Apolitical Blues" in '75.
The Detroit bebop pianist, a resident of New York City since 1960, plays "Tea for Two" and "Polkadots and Moonbeams" in this '75 solo set.
The prolific songwriter and entertainer died on this day in 1992. Hear him perform his hits "Dang Me" and "King of the Road" in this 1984 set.
The Brit band from Birmingham plays "Metal Gods" from British Steel and premieres new tunes from Defenders of the Faith in a '84 set.
The authoritative alto saxophonist was born on this day in 1927. Hear him stretch on "Willow Weep for Me" and "Sonnymoon for Two."
The King of Swing's radio theme song "Let's Dance" and other favorites like "Blue Room" and "King Porter Stomp" are revisited here in 1985.
The former Rolling Stones bassist, who turns 80 today. leads an all-star group featuring Jimmy Page and Charlie Watts in a 1985 set.
The multi-instrumental country music pioneer died on this day in 1978. Hear her play the Carter Family classic "Wildwood Flower" in 1963.
The country star, who turns 60 today, performs tunes from his albums Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc. Etc. and Hillbilly Deluxe in this 1987 set.
The Mountain guitarist, who turns 71 today, unleashes his humungous tone on "Mississippi Queen" in this 1971 set from the Fillmore East.
The country queen sings "You're Lookin' at Country," "I'm Walkin' the Floor Over You" and her anthemic "Coal Miner's Daughter" in 1981.
The Queen of Salsa, who was born on this day in 1925, sings her hits "Azucar Negra" and "Bamboleo" with the Mambo King in a 1990 set.
The blues-rock pioneer, who turns 74 today, plays "Fannie Mae," "Party 'Til the Cows Come Home" and "The Things I Used to Do" in this '71 set.
The singer-songwriter, who turns 66 today, performs his hit singles "Breakdown" and "American Girl" and covers "I Fought the Law" in '78.
The self-proclaimed "inventor of jazz" was born on this day in 1896. Hear his "King Porter Stomp," "The Pearls" and others in this playlist.
Lynyrd Skynyrd's lead singer died on this day in 1977. Hear him lead the southern rockers on "Sweet Home Alabama" and Freebird" in '75.
The country icon, who died on this day in 1983, flaunts his signature guit-picking on "Cannonball Rag" and sings his classic "Sixteen Tons."
Bassist-singer Mark King, who turns 58 today, fuels the dance-pop grooves on "The Chinese Way" and tunes from World Machine in 1986.
The Athens, Georgia alt-country rockers recently released their 11th album, American Band. Hear them play "This Fucking Job" in a 2010 set.
The Divine One floats through the ballad "Easy Living," swings Duke Ellington's "In a Mellow Tone" and stretches out on a scat romp in 1980.
Jefferson Airplane bandmates Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady play tunes by Robert Johnson, Rev. Gary Davis and Jimmy Reed in 1998.
The sax and flute virtuoso, who turns 75 today, leads Clark Terry, John Lewis, George Duvivier and Alan Dawson at the 1977 Nice Jazz Festival.
Robert Fripp leads an early edition of the prog-rock band on "The Court of the Crimson King" and "21st Century Schizoid Man" in this 1969 set.
Bassist Billy Cox, who turns 75 today, joins Jimi Hendrix and Buddy Miles on "Them Changes," "Power of Soul" and "Earth Blues" in 1970.
The guitarist-singer just released The Blues, The Whole Blues and Nothing But The Blues. Hear him as a young blues scholar in '75.
The trumpeter and jazz ambassador, who turns 55 today, leads his quintet on "Free To Be" and other tunes from The Magic Hour.
One of the founding fathers of rock 'n' roll turns 90 today. Hear him with Eric Clapton and Keith Richards in this 1986 show from St. Louis.
The late, great jazz singer scats her way through "Four Brothers" and swings "Let's Fall in Love" in her set from the '69 Newport Jazz Festival.
Barney Kessel joins Great Guitars partner Herb Ellis on "Crazy Rhythm," "Broadway" and Charlie Christian's "Seven Come Eleven" in this '75 set.
On this day in 1957, the Elvis Presley film premiered in his hometown Memphis. Hear several interpretations of the title track from that flick.
The electric Delta boogie man joins the guitar hero and singer Etta James on a straight up blues jam in this '86 video from the Fillmore.
Hear the nu-wave of soul music performed by such indie artists as Raphael Saadiq, Allen Stone, Vintage Trouble and others in this playlist.
The Detroit rapper, who turns 44 today, performs "Brain Damage," "My Name Is" and other new tunes from The Slim Shady LP in this 1999 set.
The trumpeter, who turns 47 today, embraces ballads like "Nature Boy," "You Go To My Head" and "Never Let Me Go" in this 2001 Newport set.
Bassist Flea turns 54 today. See him performing in his birthday suit on "Scar Tissue," "Around the World" and other tunes from Californication.
The Great American Songbook composer, who died on this day in 1964, is celebrated by Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen McRae, Betty Carter and others.
Bassist Reid Anderson, who turns 46 today, joins pianist Ethan Iverson and drummer Dave King on his "Giant" and other tunes from Prog.
Grateful Dead co-founder is currently on a "Campfire Tour" in support of his new solo album Blue Mountain. Hear him leading past bands.
The Virginia Beach singer-songwriter conjures up melancholic moods on "Empty As A Plate" and "Nothing to Say" in a 2012 Daytrotter set.
The maestro leads his group on "C Jam Blues," "Rockin' in Rhythm" and showcases Swedish vocalist Alice Babs on the scat romp "Spacemen."
Natalie Maines, who turns 42 today, sings the group's #1 single "I Can Love You Better" from their breakthrough album Wide Open Spaces.
The pop-punk group's new album, Revolution Radio, hit stores this week. Hear them play "Chump," "Basket Case" and others from Dookie.
The voice of a generation was named "for having created new poetic expressions within the American song tradition.” Hear a potent playlist.
The alto sax great turns 89 today. Hear him elicit some audience participation on "There Will Never Be Another You" at Newport '65.
The prolific songwriter turns 75 today. Hear him perform "Slip Sliding Away," "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" and songs from Graceland.
The late, great bassist with the huge tone and unerring low-end pulse was born on this day in 1926. Hear him with the Oscar Peterson Trio.
The singer performs her hits "Mis'ry River" and "Somebody's Knockin'" and delivers soulful covers of "It's All Over Now" and "What'd I Say."
Guitarist-singer-songwriter (aka The Red Rocker) turns 69 today. Hear him lead bands in the '70s and '80s and play with Van Halen in '95.