On this day in 1973 the ex-Beatle released Band on the Run. Hear him play the title track in this 1990 concert from RFK Stadium in D.C.
The Kansas City icon, who died on this day in 2006, shifts easily from swing ("Smooth Sailing") to blues ("Confessin' the Blues") in a 1973 set.
Banjo ace Bela Fleck joins mandolinist Sam Bush and the members of this bluegrass superband in a 1985 set from Vanderbilt University.
On this day in 1968, the Rolling Stones returned to form with classic tunes like "Sympathy for the Devil" and "Street Fighting Man."
The great drummer, born on this day in 1928, swings the Thelonious Monk Quartet and Maynard Ferguson Orchestra in this playlist.
The legendary pianist-composer died on this day in 2012 at age 91. See him with his new quartet in a video from the Newport Jazzfest '05.
The singer-songwriter and founding member of Velvet Underground performs his "Falklands Suite" and "Child's Christmas in Wales."
The guitarist-singer fills in for an ailing Gatemouth Brown and delivers a smoking set with Gates Express in this 1997 set from Tramps.
The Scottish band performs tunes from its debut album, The Crossing, along with a bagpipes brigade, in this '83 set from the Barrowlands.
The guitar great, born on this day in 1930, reinvents "All the Things You Are," "With a Song in My Heart," "Blue Monk" and others in 1986.
The former SNL cast member and Portlandia co-creator talks about his musical and comedic background in a chat with Paste's Josh Jackson.
The godfather of heavy metal turns 68 today. Hear him perform "Crazy Train" and "Paranoid" with guitarist Randy Rhoads in this 1981 set.
The Country Music Hall of Famer was born on this day in 1925. Hear him perform a poignant version of "Mom and Dad's Waltz" in 1982.
The reggae superstar performs "Lively Up Yourself," "I Shot the Sheriff" and "Get Up, Stand Up" with the Wailers at the Lyceum Ballroom in '75.
The Aussie bass guitar phenom, who catapulted to fame with Jeff Beck's group, shows her acoustic singer-songwriter side in this 2016 session.
The cabaret sitar, born on this day in 1917, performs intimate versions of classics by Harold Arlen, Cole Porter and Fats Waller in a '75 set.
The late folk singer, who died on this day in 2008, showcases her incredible range and expressive powers in a playlist of spirituals.
Pops Staples and his daughters, including the great lead singer Mavis, perform Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth" in this '68 set.
Susana Hoffs and the Peterson sisters lead the group on their massive hit "Walk Like an Egyptian" and the Prince-penned "Manic Monday."
The late, great bassist-composer, born on this day in 1951, leads his Word of Mouth on "Three Views of a Secret" and "Liberty City" in 1982.
The Chicago-born singer wraps his silky, soulful baritone voice around "Stormy Monday," "Every Day I Have the Blues" and "World of Trouble"
The bassist-composer continues his run at NYC's Birdland this week. See his quartet with Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Chris Potter and Eric Harland.
Gordon Gano leads the Milwaukee band on acoustic versions of "I'm Nothing," "It's Gonna Rain" and "Untrue Love" in this 2016 reunion set.
Bob Weir formed this side project after Jerry Garcia's death in 1995, Hear them play Dead staples "Jack Straw" and "Touch of Grey" in '98.
The Modern Jazz Quartet performs striking versions of "Summertime" and "My Man's Gone Now" and swings "Bags' Groove" at Newport '65.
The Piedmont styled guitarist-singer, born on this day in 1915, plays "Kansas City Blues" and "Key to the Highway" in an unaccompanied set.
The alluring sounds of Brazil are explored by guitarists Charlie Byrd and Joe Pass, saxophonist Stan Getz and Ella Fitzgerald in this playlist.
The extreme shredder, famous for wearing a KFC bucket on his head, unleashes his otherworldly guitar chops on four edgy instrumentals.
The guitar hero reveals his expressive powers on the ballad "'Cause We've Ended as Lovers" and showcases potent chops on "Superstition."
The trumpeter-composer turns 76 today. Hear him play his biggest hit along with "Hide & Seek" and "Land of Make Believe" in this 1977 set.
The guitarist-singer-songwriter, born on this day in 1917, plays the instrumental "Cannonball Rag" and sings his signature "Sixteen Tons."
The godfather of the British blues scene turns 83 today. Hear him play "Room to Move" and "The Laws Must Change" at the Fillmore in 1968.
The organist and soulful singer turns 74 today. Hear him with The Rascals at the Fillmore in '71, as a leader in '79 and in an '84 interview.
The late, great soul singer performs his hits "Funky Broadway" and "In the Midnight Hour" and covers the Beatles' "Hey Jude" in this '94 set.
The Argentine tenor saxophonist, who died earlier this year, would've turned 84 today. Hear him premiere his "La China Leonicia" suite in '73.
The Texas country blues troubadour and storyteller plays "I Hate I Got Married," "Trouble In Mind" and "High Heeled Sneakers" in this '67 set
The New Orleans-born singer-songwriter turns 73 today. Hear his satirical "Rednecks" and his poignant anthem "Louisiana 1927."
The Baltimore-based singer was born on this day in 1932. Hear her sing "But Beautiful," "Yesterdays" and "I Only Have Eyes For You."
The ultimate rock guitar god was born on this day in 1942. Hear him play "Straight Ahead," "Machine Gun" and "Foxy Lady" in this 1970 set.
Trumpeter Randy, who turns 71 today, joins brother Michael on tenor sax on "Night Flight" and the fusion anthem "Some Skunk Funk" in '76.
The Rock 'n Roll Hall of Famer, who turns 77 today, sings "River Deep - Mountain High" in this concert from her 1983 Nice 'n' Rough Tour.
Ralph Towner, Colin Walcott, Paul McCandless, who would later form the band Oregon, join the saxophonist on "Icarus" and others in 1975..
Slowhand gets bluesy on "Bottle of Red Wine," goes reggae on Dylan's "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" and plays his hits "Layla" and "Let It Rain."
Guitarist Angus Young revs up the Aussie rockers on "Live Wire," "Problem Child" and "Bad Boy Boogie" in this '79 set from Oakland.
Queen's frontman, who died on this day in 1981, sings "My Melancholy Blues" and "We Will Rock You" in this '77 studio session from London.
The guitarist skips the sarcasm and satire and goes straight for the jugular with his six-string fusillades in this strictly instrument playlist.
The old-school rappers just released their first album in 18 years, We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service. Hear them in a '98 set.
The Texas saxophonist and blues shouter delivers on "I Took the Front Door In (I Took the Back Door Out)" and "Person to Person" in 1973.