On this day in 1944, the Metropolitan Opera House showcased jazz for the first time with an all-star concert featuring Louis Armstrong.
On this day in 1987, the blues legend was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame. Hear him play "Got My Mojo Working" in a 1969 set.
The iconic folkie was born on this day in 1941. Hear him cover "Here Comes the Sun" and "Fire and Rain" in this Bottom Line set from 1976.
The R&B-tinged Texas tenorman, who died on this day in 2009, blows with gusto in this playlist with Ray Charles and the Herbie Mann group.
Guitarist Paul Stanley, who turns 65 today, joins Gene Simmons and the band on their first post-makeup tour in 1984 in support of Lick It Up..
The progressive bluegrass band from Nederland, Colorado plays "Rag Doll," "Don't Worry, Happy Birthday" and other tunes from YMSB EP-13.
The influential vocalist delivers an earthy rendition of "Sweet Georgia Brown" and swings Rodgers & Hart's "I Wish I Were in Love Again."
The country icon turns 71 today. Hear her sing her tunes "Jolene," "Coat of Many Colors" and "I Will Always Love You" in her 1977 NYC debut.
The retro rockabilly singer performs 1957 hits "Twenty Flight Rock," "Red Hot" and "Flying Saucer Rock 'n' Roll" in this '87 set from Boston.
The trumpeter leads a quintet on his uptempo swinger "Depth" and the lush ballads "Never Let Me Go" and "You Go To My Head" in a 2001 set.
The Eagles' singer-songwriter died on this day in 2016. Hear him lead an all-star band on "Peaceful Easy Feeling" and "What's Goin' On" in '82.
The guitarist leads his organ group on interpretations of the pop tune "Shape of Things to Come" and Monk's "Straight No Chaser."
The British guitar great turns 67 today. Hear him with the Rolling Stones, the Bluesbreakers and guesting with the Allman Brothers Band.
The British singer, who turns 61 today, performs his biggest hit "Everytime You Go Away" in this 1985 set from Melbourne, Australia.
As the pianist prepares for his upcoming solo concert at Carnegie Hall in February, listen to his uninterrupted flow of solo improv from 1973.
Detroit's favorite son covers Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Fortunate Son" and performs his signature "My Name Is Rock" in this '99 set.
On this holiday honoring MLK, listen to this 1984 concert celebrating his life featuring a bevy of stars from the film, music and sports worlds.
On this day in 1938, the "King of Swing" blew the roof off Carnegie Hall with "Sing Sing Sing." Hear him play it with his original quartet in 1973.
The trombonist-singer, who died on this day in 1964, plays his signature "Rockin' Chair" and a relaxed "Stars Fell On Alabama" in 1959.
The roots music maven turns 69 today. Hear him in unaccompanied tracks from 1991 and featured on the Rolling Thunder Revue of 1975.
The prolific New Orleans songwriter was born on this day in 1938. Hear his tunes covered by The Who, Grateful Dead, Devo and Warren Zevon.
The Mississippi bluesman sings, plays guitar and harmonica on "Lonesome in My Bedroom" and "If I Should Have Bad Luck" in '98.
Clapton, Bruce and Baker play "Spoonful," "I'm So Glad" and "Sunshine of Your Love" in this concert one month before they disbanded.
The guitar virtuoso, who was born on this day in 1929, plays gorgeous versions of "How Insensitive" and "As Time Goes By" in this 1980 set.
The iconic folkie performs orchestral versions of "When a Soldier Comes Home," "The Patriot's Dream" and his father's "This Land Is Your Land."
The soulful singer and composer, who died on this day in 1979, plays "The Ghetto" and "Someday We'll All Be Free" in 1973.
The tenor sax titan, who died on this day in 2007, premieres "Delta City Blues" and other tunes from Two Blocks From the Edge at Newport '98.
The late trumpeter Cynthia Robinson was born on this day in 1944. Hear her featured on "Dance to the Music," "M'Lady" and "Love City."
The late keyboardist-composer stretches on "King Kong" with the Mothers of Invention in 1970 and leads his own band in a 1977 set.
The pianist-harpist died on this day in 2007. Hear her alongside her husband John on "My Favorite Things" and "Welcome" at Newport '66.
The Bay Area musician plays guitar, harmonica, kazoo, the fotdella and sings on "Hump In Your Back" and "San Francisco Bay Blues" in 1969.
On this day in 1974, the guitarist's hit single "The Joker" went #1. Hear him play it and an embryonic version of "Fly Like an Eagle" in '73.
Grace Slick sings her anthemic "White Rabbit" and other new tunes from the band's landmark Surrealistic Pillow in this set from 50 years ago.
The outlaw country icon sings his hit "Amanda" and "Mamas don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys" in this 1983 set from Nashville.
The remarkable reedman plays Trane's "Giant Steps," Duke's "Creole Love Call" and his "Echoes of Primitive Ohio and Chili Dogs" in 1975.
The singer-songwriter leads The Heartbreakers on "Refugee," "Don't Do Me Like That" and other new tunes from Damn the Torpedoes in 1979.
The quintessential classy Manhattan cabaret star performs standards like "Too Marvelous For Words," "As Tme Goes By" and others in 1982.
The gravely-voiced rocker turns 72 today. Hear him sing "Maggie May," "Hot Legs," "You're in My Heart" and "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?" in 1978.
The country star covers classics like "Heartaches By the Number," Johnny Cash's "Ring Of Fire" and Hank Williams' "Jambalaya" in 1985.
Keyboardist-singer-songwriter Donald Fagen, who turns 69 today, leads an early edition of the group on "Do It Again" and "Dirty Work."
The master drummer-composer was born on this day in 1924. Hear him play in a variety of settings from 1955 to 1992 in a 3-hour playlist.
On this day in 1967, The Killer's single "Great Balls of Fire" went #1. Hear him play that rock 'n' roll classic and "Chantilly Lace" in an '82 set.
The 7-string guitar master turns 91 today. Hear him play a solo Django Reinhardt medley and some swinging duets with saxman Zoot Sims
The singer-songwriter, who turns 50 today, leads his band on "Ants Marching" and a cover of "All Along the Watchtower" at Woodstock '99.
The iconic '60s folk singer, who turns 75 today, performs "Diamonds and Rust" and Dylan's "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" in a solo set.
The former New York Dolls frontman, who turns 67 today, sings "Frenchette" and talks about the influence of Esquerita in 1986.
The singer, who turns 66 today. covers "What a Little Moonlight Can Dor" and performs "Don't It Make Your Brown Eyes Blue" in 1980.
The chameleonic rock star would've turned 70 today. Hear him perform several of his classic tunes and sit for a revealing interview in 1978.