Bassist-singer Dusty Hill, who turns 67 today, joins Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard on
"Cheap Sunglasses," "TV Mama" and "Tush" in 1980.
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.
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.
Elton John's longtime songwriting partner turns 66 today. Hear his lyrics to favorites like "Tiny Dancer" and "Your Song" and in interview.
Contrary to myth, the avant garde pioneer did not come from Saturn but instead was born on this day in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1914.
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.
Bassist Louis Johnson, who died on this day in 2015, grooves on "Strawberry Letter 23" and "Get the Funk Out Ma Face" in 1980.
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.
The collegiate classic jazz band from the '50s plays "That's A Plenty" and "South Rampart Street Parade" in this reunion concert from 1982.
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.
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.
The avant garde pianist-composer premieres pieces from Unit Structures with a quintet featuring saxophonist Jimmy Lyons.
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.
The prog-rock keyboardist turns 67 today. Hear him with Yes, Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe and leading his own group in 1975.
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.
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.
The Brit one-hit wonders play their chart-topping "Turning Japanese" and other tunes from their debut album New Clear Days in 1980.
The Mississippi-born guitarist-singer, nicknamed the Oil Man, performs raw Delta numbers like "I'm Goin' Away, Baby" in a '98 set.
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.
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.
The Harlem-born bluesman (aka Henry Saint Clair Fredericks), who turns 74 today, plays "Diving Duck Blues" and "Easy Rider" in 1969.
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.
The late folk-rocker, born on this day in 1944, performs "Brand New Tennessee Waltz" and the talking blues pot anthem "Twigs and Seeds."
Founder and principal songwriter Trent Reznor, who turns 51 today, leads the industrial rock band on tunes from Pretty Hate Machine.
The powerhouse drummer turns 72 today. Hear him leading own band and fueling the Mahavishnu Orchestra and Bobby and The Midnites.
The incendiary scat singer, born on this day in 1929, turns in fiery renditions of "Please Do Something" and "Sounds (Moving On)" in 1978.
Guitarist Robert Fripp, who turns 70 today, leads the prog-rockers on "The Court of the Crimson King" and "21st Century Schizoid Man."
The singer-songwriter performs "Nineteen in Naples" and the title track from the movie There's Something About Mary in this '98 concert video.
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.
The prolific singer-songwriter perorms power pop fare like "Accidents Will Happen," "Alison" and "Pump it Up" at the 1980 Heatwave Festival.
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."
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.
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.
The genius Steveland Hardaway Morris (aka Stevie Wonder) turns 66 today. Hear him play his hits in this 3-hour set from hometown Detroit.
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.
The Boston rockers play "Downtown Talk," "You've Lost," "Inside You're Someone Else" and other tunes from their 1981 debut, Competition.
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.
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.
The prolific L.A. songwriter lends her distinctive vocals to "Hard Times," "The Wind in New York City" and other tunes from Strange Company.
The singer-songwriter, who turns 74 today, performs his 1974 hit single "I Can Help" and "Your Picture Still Loves Me" in this '82 set.
Todd Rundgren leads the progressive group on new material from Deface the Music, their homage to the Fab Four, in this 1980 set.
The pianist-singer swings in typically smoldering fashion on "I Love Being Here With You," "Peel Me a Grape" and "Route 66" at '99 Newport.
The soulful singer and multi-instrumentalist, who turns 68 today, performs "Dear Mr. Fantasy" and "Gimme Some Lovin'" in this '94 set.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience bassist died on this day in 2003. Hear him on classics like "Foxy Lady," "Purple Haze" and "Fire" in this playlist.
The late trumpeter, who died on this day in 1989, stretches out with this edition of Art Blakey's band at the 1969 Newport Jazz Festival.
Original Red Hot Chili Peppers members Hillel Slovak and Jack Irons fuel the L.A. band on tunes from their Todd Rundgren-produced debut.
The irreverent pianist-composer-arranger turns 80 today. Hear her tentet perform "Spangled Banner Minor and Other Patriotic Songs."
The reggae legend, who died on this day in 1981, performs classics "Get Up, Stand Up" and "I Shot the Sheriff" in this newly improved set.