Concert Vault
  1. Rock: Joe Cocker in Central Park, 1980 Rock Joe Cocker in Central Park, 1980 Central Park Jul 12, 1980 Rock: Joe Cocker in Central Park, 1980 Central Park | Jul 12, 1980

    The late singer was born on this day in 1944. Hear his distinctive gritty voice on "The Letter," "Feelin' Alright" and "Whiter Shade of Pale."

  2. Jazz: Eric Gale In Memoriam Jazz Eric Gale In Memoriam Jazz: Eric Gale In Memoriam An Eric Gale Playlist

    The ubiquitous '70s session guitarist died on this day in 1994. Hear him with Grover Washington Jr. and the NYC funk-jazz band Stuff.

  3. Rock: Remembering Desmond Dekker Rock Remembering Desmond Dekker Tramps Feb 24, 1996 Rock: Remembering Desmond Dekker Tramps | Feb 24, 1996

    The ska-reggae pioneer died on this day in 2005. Hear him sing his 1968 rocksteady hit song "The Israelites" in this '96 set from Tramps.

  4. Jazz: Charles Earland, the Mighty Burner Jazz Charles Earland, the Mighty Burner Carnegie Hall Jul 1, 1974 Jazz: Charles Earland, the Mighty Burner Carnegie Hall | Jul 1, 1974

    The Philly Hammond B-3 organist, who was born on this day in 1941, burns with his quintet on "Van Jay" from Leaving the Planet in a '74 set.

  5. Rock: Happy Birthday, Patti LaBelle! Rock Happy Birthday, Patti LaBelle! Rock: Happy Birthday, Patti LaBelle! Patti LaBelle Playlist

    The Philly soul singer, who turns 72 today, performs "You Are My Friend," "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and "Lady Marmalade" in '84.

  6. Jazz: Remembering Joe Pass Jazz Remembering Joe Pass Great American Music Hall Nov 16, 1974 Jazz: Remembering Joe Pass Great American Music Hall | Nov 16, 1974

    The guitar great died on this day in 1994. Hear him play dazzling solo versions of "Giant Steps," "Lush Life" and "'Round Midnight" in 1974.

  7. Blues: NEW: T. Blade & The Fabulous Esquires Blues NEW: T. Blade & The Fabulous Esquires May 9, 1981 Blues: NEW: T. Blade & The Fabulous Esquires May 9, 1981

    Guitarist Steve (T. Blade) Berkowitz (now A&R/blues archivist at Sony/Legacy) leads the Boston band on a set of jump blues in 1981.

  8. Country: Shelly West Was Raised on Country Sunshine Country Shelly West Was Raised on Country Sunshine Exit Inn Mar 4, 1982 Country: Shelly West Was Raised on Country Sunshine Exit Inn | Mar 4, 1982

    The daughter of country star Dottie West turns 58 today. Hear her with partner David Frizzell on Roger Miller's "Husbands and Wives" in 1982.

  9. Rock: Jean-Luc Ponty Meets Jon Anderson Rock Jean-Luc Ponty Meets Jon Anderson Rock: Jean-Luc Ponty Meets Jon Anderson A Ponty/Anderson Playlist

    The French fusion violinist is currently on tour with the former Yes singer. Hear a playlist of their most potent tunes culled from the Vault.

  10. Folk & Bluegrass: Video: Jewel at Woodstock, '99 Folk & Bluegrass Video: Jewel at Woodstock, '99 Woodstock 99 East Stage Jul 25, 1999 Folk & Bluegrass: Video: Jewel at Woodstock, '99 Woodstock 99 East Stage | Jul 25, 1999 watch video

    The platinum-selling singer-songwriter, who turns 42 today, performs tunes from her debut album Pieces of You and her followup Spirit.

  11. Rock: Happy Birthday, Bernie Taupin! Rock Happy Birthday, Bernie Taupin! Rock: Happy Birthday, Bernie Taupin! A Bernie Taupin Playlist

    Elton John's longtime songwriting partner turns 66 today. Hear his lyrics to favorites like "Tiny Dancer" and "Your Song" and in interview.

  12. Jazz: Sun Ra Arkestra at Carnegie Hall, '73 Jazz Sun Ra Arkestra at Carnegie Hall, '73 Carnegie Hall Jul 6, 1973 Jazz: Sun Ra Arkestra at Carnegie Hall, '73 Carnegie Hall | Jul 6, 1973

    Contrary to myth, the avant garde pioneer did not come from Saturn but instead was born on this day in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1914.

  13. Jazz: A Salute to Fats Waller Jazz A Salute to Fats Waller Jazz: A Salute to Fats Waller Fats Waller Tribute

    The stride piano master and beloved jivester was born on this day in 1904. Hear Earl Hines, Helen Humes and others play his popular tunes.

  14. Rock: The Brothers Johnson Funk It Up Rock The Brothers Johnson Funk It Up Capitol Theatre Apr 25, 1980 Rock: The Brothers Johnson Funk It Up Capitol Theatre | Apr 25, 1980 watch video

    Bassist Louis Johnson, who died on this day in 2015, grooves on "Strawberry Letter 23" and "Get the Funk Out Ma Face" in 1980.

  15. Rock: NEW: Suzanne Fellini at Paradise Rock NEW: Suzanne Fellini at Paradise Paradise Jun 14, 1979 Rock: NEW: Suzanne Fellini at Paradise Paradise | Jun 14, 1979

    The one hit wonder performs her new wave anthem "Love on the Phone" and other tunes from her self-titled debut in this 1979 set from Boston.

  16. Jazz: NEW: Spring Street Stompers in Boston Jazz NEW: Spring Street Stompers in Boston Great Hall Feb 5, 1982 Jazz: NEW: Spring Street Stompers in Boston Great Hall | Feb 5, 1982

    The collegiate classic jazz band from the '50s plays "That's A Plenty" and "South Rampart Street Parade" in this reunion concert from 1982.

  17. Rock: The Bee Gees' Brotherly Harmonies Rock The Bee Gees' Brotherly Harmonies Los Angeles Forum Dec 20, 1976 Rock: The Bee Gees' Brotherly Harmonies Los Angeles Forum | Dec 20, 1976

    The Brothers Gibb (Barry, Maurice, Robin) blend on "I've Got to Get a Message to You," "Lonely Days" and "Run to Me" in this 1976 set.

  18. Jazz: NEW: Terry Garthwaite at the Jazz Workshop Jazz NEW: Terry Garthwaite at the Jazz Workshop Jazz Workshop Nov 25, 1975 Jazz: NEW: Terry Garthwaite at the Jazz Workshop Jazz Workshop | Nov 25, 1975

    The former frontwoman for Bay Area hippie band Joy of Cooking gets jazzy on her "Changing Colors" and Illinois Jacquet's "Robin Nest" in '75.

  19. Rock: Santana Rides Again Rock Santana Rides Again Tanglewood Aug 18, 1970 Rock: Santana Rides Again Tanglewood | Aug 18, 1970 watch video

    Carlos Santana reunited his Woodstock-era crew for the group's latest studio album, Santana IV. Hear them in a 1970 set from Tanglewood.

  20. Jazz: Cecil Taylor at Newport, '65 Jazz Cecil Taylor at Newport, '65 Newport Jazz Festival Jul 2, 1965 Jazz: Cecil Taylor at Newport, '65 Newport Jazz Festival | Jul 2, 1965

    The avant garde pianist-composer premieres pieces from Unit Structures with a quintet featuring saxophonist Jimmy Lyons.

  21. Rock: Video: Pete Townshend's 'Psychoderelict' Rock Video: Pete Townshend's 'Psychoderelict' Brooklyn Academy of Music Aug 7, 1993 Rock: Video: Pete Townshend's 'Psychoderelict' Brooklyn Academy of Music | Aug 7, 1993 watch video

    The Who's principal composer, who turns 71 today, plays tunes from his latest rock opera in a '93 set from the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

  22. Jazz: Tom Scott at the Bottom LIne Jazz Tom Scott at the Bottom LIne Bottom Line Nov 2, 1978 Jazz: Tom Scott at the Bottom LIne Bottom Line | Nov 2, 1978

    The L.A. saxophonist, who turns 68 today, plays Carole King's "Jazz Man" and tunes from his New York Connection in this 1978 set.

  23. Rock: ZZ Top: The Lil' Ole Band From Texas Rock ZZ Top: The Lil' Ole Band From Texas Capitol Theatre May 4, 1980 Rock: ZZ Top: The Lil' Ole Band From Texas Capitol Theatre | May 4, 1980

    Bassist-singer Dusty Hill, who turns 67 today, joins Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard on "Cheap Sunglasses," "TV Mama" and "Tush" in 1980.

  24. Rock: A Rick Wakeman Birthday Playlist Rock A Rick Wakeman Birthday Playlist Rock: A Rick Wakeman Birthday Playlist Rick Wakeman Birthday Playlist

    The prog-rock keyboardist turns 67 today. Hear him with Yes, Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe and leading his own group in 1975.

  25. Jazz: The Incomparable Elvin Jones in Concert Jazz The Incomparable Elvin Jones in Concert Avery Fisher Hall Jul 4, 1974 Jazz: The Incomparable Elvin Jones in Concert Avery Fisher Hall | Jul 4, 1974

    The great drummer, who died on this day in 2004, leads his quintet on "Someone's Rocking My Jazz Boat" and "Three Card Molly" in 1974.

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  1. Country: George Strait in the Big Apple Country George Strait in the Big Apple Lone Star Cafe Apr 28, 1984 Country: George Strait in the Big Apple Lone Star Cafe | Apr 28, 1984

    The neo-traditional country icon, who turns 64 today, performs "I Can't See Texas From Here" and "Honky Tonk Crazy" at NYC's Lone Star Cafe.

  2. Rock: The Vapors Ride the New Wave Rock The Vapors Ride the New Wave 15 Landowne Sep 11, 1980 Rock: The Vapors Ride the New Wave 15 Landowne | Sep 11, 1980

    The Brit one-hit wonders play their chart-topping "Turning Japanese" and other tunes from their debut album New Clear Days in 1980.

  3. Blues: Big Jack Johnson's Electrified Blues Blues Big Jack Johnson's Electrified Blues Tramps May 8, 1998 Blues: Big Jack Johnson's Electrified Blues Tramps | May 8, 1998

    The Mississippi-born guitarist-singer, nicknamed the Oil Man, performs raw Delta numbers like "I'm Goin' Away, Baby" in a '98 set.

  4. Country: R.I.P. Guy Clark Country R.I.P. Guy Clark Country: R.I.P. Guy Clark A Guy Clark Playlist

    The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer died today at age 74. Hear him in a 2013 set along with covers of his popular tunes in this playlist.

  5. Jazz: Remembering Dewey Redman Jazz Remembering Dewey Redman Jazz: Remembering Dewey Redman A Dewey Redman Birthday Playlist

    The free jazz saxophonist, born on this day in 1931, plays with the Keith Jarrett Quartet in 1975 and leads his own quintet at '74 Newport.

  6. Blues: Taj Mahal Gets Rootsy at the Fillmore Blues Taj Mahal Gets Rootsy at the Fillmore Fillmore West Sep 18, 1969 Blues: Taj Mahal Gets Rootsy at the Fillmore Fillmore West | Sep 18, 1969

    The Harlem-born bluesman (aka Henry Saint Clair Fredericks), who turns 74 today, plays "Diving Duck Blues" and "Easy Rider" in 1969.

  7. Rock: NEW: Zebra Rocks Malibu Rock NEW: Zebra Rocks Malibu Malibu Night Club Dec 3, 1986 Rock: NEW: Zebra Rocks Malibu Malibu Night Club | Dec 3, 1986

    Guitarist-singer Randy Jackson leads the New Orleans band on "Bears" and "Who's Behind the Door?" at the Long Beach nightclub in a '86 set.

  8. Folk & Bluegrass: Jesse Winchester in Montreal, '76 Folk & Bluegrass Jesse Winchester in Montreal, '76 Studio Six Oct 13, 1976 Folk & Bluegrass: Jesse Winchester in Montreal, '76 Studio Six | Oct 13, 1976

    The late folk-rocker, born on this day in 1944, performs "Brand New Tennessee Waltz" and the talking blues pot anthem "Twigs and Seeds."

  9. Rock: Nine Inch Nails at Woodstock, '94 Rock Nine Inch Nails at Woodstock, '94 Woodstock 94 Aug 13, 1994 Rock: Nine Inch Nails at Woodstock, '94 Woodstock 94 | Aug 13, 1994 watch video

    Founder and principal songwriter Trent Reznor, who turns 51 today, leads the industrial rock band on tunes from Pretty Hate Machine.

  10. Jazz: A Billy Cobham Birthday Playlist Jazz A Billy Cobham Birthday Playlist Jazz: A Billy Cobham Birthday Playlist A Billy Cobham Birthday Playlist

    The powerhouse drummer turns 72 today. Hear him leading own band and fueling the Mahavishnu Orchestra and Bobby and The Midnites.

  11. Jazz: The Irrepressible Swing of Betty Carter Jazz The Irrepressible Swing of Betty Carter Avery Fisher Hall Jun 25, 1978 Jazz: The Irrepressible Swing of Betty Carter Avery Fisher Hall | Jun 25, 1978

    The incendiary scat singer, born on this day in 1929, turns in fiery renditions of "Please Do Something" and "Sounds (Moving On)" in 1978.

  12. Rock: King Crimson at the Fillmore, '69 Rock King Crimson at the Fillmore, '69 Fillmore West Dec 14, 1969 Rock: King Crimson at the Fillmore, '69 Fillmore West | Dec 14, 1969

    Guitarist Robert Fripp, who turns 70 today, leads the prog-rockers on "The Court of the Crimson King" and "21st Century Schizoid Man."

  13. Folk & Bluegrass: Jonathan Richman's Quirky Gems Folk & Bluegrass Jonathan Richman's Quirky Gems Shoreline Amphitheatre Oct 17, 1998 Folk & Bluegrass: Jonathan Richman's Quirky Gems Shoreline Amphitheatre | Oct 17, 1998 watch video

    The singer-songwriter performs "Nineteen in Naples" and the title track from the movie There's Something About Mary in this '98 concert video.

  14. Rock: Ronnie James Dio In Memoriam Rock Ronnie James Dio In Memoriam Spectrum Aug 25, 1984 Rock: Ronnie James Dio In Memoriam Spectrum | Aug 25, 1984

    The Elfin King, who died on this day in 2010, delivers with typical intensity on "Stand Up And Shout" and others from Holy Diver in '84.

  15. Rock: Elvis Costello & the Attractions in Ontario Rock Elvis Costello & the Attractions in Ontario Heatwave Festival Aug 23, 1980 Rock: Elvis Costello & the Attractions in Ontario Heatwave Festival | Aug 23, 1980

    The prolific singer-songwriter perorms power pop fare like "Accidents Will Happen," "Alison" and "Pump it Up" at the 1980 Heatwave Festival.

  16. Blues: Etta James at Tramps, '93 Blues Etta James at Tramps, '93 Tramps Nov 3, 1993 Blues: Etta James at Tramps, '93 Tramps | Nov 3, 1993

    The powerful singer blends R&B, rock and blues on her classics "At Last," "I'd Rather Go Blind" and "Your Good Thing Is About to End."

  17. Blues: Remembering B.B. King Blues Remembering B.B. King Blues: Remembering B.B. King A B.B. King Memorial Playlist

    The King of the Blues died on this day last year. Hear him in a playlist spanning 40 years, from Winterland '67 to the 2007 Newport Jazzfest.

  18. Rock: A Jack Bruce Birthday Playlist Rock A Jack Bruce Birthday Playlist Rock: A Jack Bruce Birthday Playlist A Jack Bruce Birthday Playlist

    The late bassist was born on this day in 1943. Hear him with Cream in the '60s, leading his own band in the '70s and in a 1988 interview.

  19. Rock: Happy Birthday To Ya, Stevie! Rock Happy Birthday To Ya, Stevie! Masonic Temple Theatre Apr 14, 1984 Rock: Happy Birthday To Ya, Stevie! Masonic Temple Theatre | Apr 14, 1984

    The genius Steveland Hardaway Morris (aka Stevie Wonder) turns 66 today. Hear him play his hits in this 3-hour set from hometown Detroit.

  20. Jazz: A Gil Evans Birthday Salute Jazz A Gil Evans Birthday Salute Philharmonic Hall Jun 30, 1973 Jazz: A Gil Evans Birthday Salute Philharmonic Hall | Jun 30, 1973

    The late composer-arranger, who was born in Toronto on this day in 1912, conducts his big band in this '73 set from Philharmonic Hall.

  21. Rock: NEW: Tom Dickie & the Desires at Paradise Rock NEW: Tom Dickie & the Desires at Paradise Paradise May 16, 1981 Rock: NEW: Tom Dickie & the Desires at Paradise Paradise | May 16, 1981

    The Boston rockers play "Downtown Talk," "You've Lost," "Inside You're Someone Else" and other tunes from their 1981 debut, Competition.

  22. Jazz: Chet Baker In Memoriam Jazz Chet Baker In Memoriam Great American Music Hall Sep 9, 1982 Jazz: Chet Baker In Memoriam Great American Music Hall | Sep 9, 1982

    The great trumpeter-singer died on this day in 1988 when he fell out a window from his hotel room in Amsterdam. Hear him in this 1982 set.

  23. Rock: NEW: The Waitresses Strut in Boston Rock NEW: The Waitresses Strut in Boston Paradise Apr 2, 1982 Rock: NEW: The Waitresses Strut in Boston Paradise | Apr 2, 1982

    Singer Patty Donahue fronts the post-punk band from Akron on "I Know What Boys Like" and "Hump Day" in this 1982 set from club Paradise.

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