Hear hot salsa and infectious Afro-Cuban grooves by Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Ray Barretto, Dizzy Gillespie and others in this playlist.
The late king of zydeco, who was born on this day in 1925, plays "Les Bons Temps Rouler" and "Zydeco Boogie Woogie" in this 1970 set.
On this day in 1968, "Paperback Writer" reached #1 on the U.S. singles charts. Hear the Charles River Valley Boys cover that Fab Four favorite.
The singer-songwriter, who turns 71 today, performs "No Freedom" and her classic "You're So Vain" with her son Ben Taylor.
The 8-string guitarist jazzes up Bob Marley's "Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)" and The Supremes' "You Keep Me Hanging On" in a '98 set.
The keyboardist-composer, who turns 81 today, performs his raga "Songs From the Old Country" featuring Krishna Bhatt on sitar in 1983.
The composer-arranger-theoricst, born on this day in 1923, leads his band on provocative originals like "The Outer View" and "Stratosphunk."
The soulful singer, who passed away on this day in 2013, performs classics like "Ain't That Lovin' You" and "Further On Up The Road" in '74.
The pedal steel sensation pays tribute to Bo Diddley then wails on "Ain't Nothing Wrong With That" at the 2008 Jackson Hole Music Festival.
The longtime Grateful Dead lyricist, who turns 75 today, leads his own band on tunes from his second solo album Tiger Rose in this '78 set.
Enigmatic Kevin Barnes leads the Athens, Georgia-based group on "Casualty of You" and others in this 2010 set from the Pabst Theater.
The bassist and prolific composer leads the Chicago Blues All-Stars on his shuffle "29 Ways," "Backdoor Man," and others in this 1973 set.
The Queens-born singer-songwriter, who turns 63 today, performs "She Bop," "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" and more from her 1983 debut.
Ray Davies, who turns 72 today, leads the group on classics like "Victoria," "Lola" and "You Really Got Me" in this '72 set from New York.
The great trumpeter was at the peak of his powers in this set which has him stretching on the Stylistics' "People Make the World Go Round."
The California band performs their hit single "Mr. Jones" and other tunes from August and Everything After and Recovering the Satellites.
The Delta bluesman performs his "I'm So Glad" (later covered by Cream) and is joined by the Staple Singers at the 1968 Hampton Jazz Festival.
The guitarist, formerly with Crazy Horse and currently with the E Street Band, turns 65 today. Hear him showcase his own tunes in this '75 set.
Carrie "Big Boo" Black from Orange is the New Black swings Sondheim's "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd" and more in this 2002 Newport video.
A diverse list of artists from Ry Cooder to Ramblin' Jack Elliott, the Byrds and the Grateful Dead play tunes by the Dust Bowl troubadour.
Brian Wilson, who turns 74 today, leads the California band on classics like "Surfer Girl," "Help Me, Rhonda" and "Good Vibrations" in 1979.
The influential guitarist and Nashville record producer was born on this day in 1924. Hear him play "Ready For the Times to Get Better" in 1985.
The former lead singer of the Commodores and prolific songwriter turns 67 today. Hear him perform "Dancing on the Ceiling" in a '86 set.
Hear John Hiatt's "Your Dad Did," Dave Edmunds' "Dear Dad" and Loretta Lynn's "They Don't Make 'Em Like My Daddy Anymore."
Lead singer Ann Wilson, who turns 66 today, delivers typically intense vocal performances on "Magic Man" and "Crazy on You" in this '77 set.
Paul McCartney turns 74 today. Hear him perform classic Beatles and Wings tunes in this 1990 concert from RFK Stadium in Washington D.C.
The late saxophonist Clarence Clemons died on this day in 2011. Hear him with his Red Band Rockers and Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band.
George Clinton leads the P-Funk All-Stars on anthems like "We Want the Funk" and "Mothership Connection" at the 1999 Woodstock Festival.
The virtuosic trumpeter and bebop/world music innovator turns vocalist on "I'm Goin' Fishin'," "Oo-Pa-Pa-Da," "Ooh Shoo Be Doo Be" and others.
Bernice Johnson Reagon leads the D.C.-based all-women a cappella ensemble on "Echo" and "If You Had Lived" in this '79 benefit concert.
The Godfather of British Blues premieres his Jazz Blues Fusion band featuring trumpeter Blue Mitchell and saxophonist Red Holloway.
The husband-wife team delivers a scintillating set that includes covers of "Respect," "Land of 1,000 Dances" and "Honky Tonk Women."
The jazz legend performs solo drum pieces "Ghost Dance," "I'm Singing With Drumsticks in My Hand" and "Tribute to Papa Jo Jones" in a '92 set.
The Blues Brothers film premiered in Chicago on this day in 1980. See Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi in character in this '78 Winterland set.
James Honeyman Scott, who died on this day in 1982, shares guitar duties with Chrissie Hynde in this 1980 set from Ontario, Canada.
The country singer, who turns 77 today, sings his hits "Ruby Baby," "Broken Down in Tiny Pieces" and "Rub It In" in this '83 set from Bristol.
The son of Afrobeat superstar Fela Kuti turns 54 today. See him perform with his large ensemble with exotic dancers in this 2000 set.
The First Lady of Song, who died on this day in 1998, shows her scat prowess on "Stomping at the Savoy" and "How High the Moon" in '78.
Singer-songwriter Steve Walsh, who turns 65 today, leads the prog-rockers on "Dust in the Wind" and "Carry On Wayward Son" in '78.
The outlaw country star, who was born on this day in 1937, performs his "Amanda" and duets with wife Jessi Colter on "Storms Never Last."
The rapper-actor, who turns 47 today, performs "Natural Born Killaz," "Straight Outta Compton," "Check Yo Self" and other gangsta anthems.
The jazz guitar legend, who died on this day in 1968, swings on "Tequila" and "Naptown Blues" at the 1967 Newport Jazz Festival.
Boy George, who turns 55 today, leads the Brit pop-soul band on "Karma Chameleon" and "I'll Tumble 4 Ya" in this 1983 set.
Darius Brubeck, who turns 69 today, joins father Dave and brothers Dan and Chris on "Unsquare Dance" and "Blue Rondo a la Turk" in a '75 set.
The Irish guitar hero and blues-rocker died on this day in 1995. Hear his fiery fretboard work on "Shin Kicker" and "Bullfrog Blues" in 1978.
The bad-to-the-bone boogie man performs acoustic versions of "Bo Diddley" and "Spoonful" in this intimate set from Wolfgang's Vault.
Rod Argent, keyboardist and founder of the British Invasion band, joins singer Colin Blunstone on "Time of the Season" and "She's Not There."
On this day in 1969, the guitarist replaced Brian Jones in the Rolling Stones lineup. Hear him wail on "Midnight Rambler" and others in '73.