The fingerstyle player, slide stylist and Taj Mahal protege performs his Delta-flavored originals "Big Mama's Door" and "If Blues Was Money."
The jump blues singer, born on this day in 1923, performs "Spoonful" and "Mean Old Frisco" in this 1973 set with Robben Ford on guitar.
Tough Texas tenor saxophonist Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson wails on "Kidney Stew," "Cherry Red" and "Person to Person" in this '73 set.
The stinging guitarist and soulful singer, who turns 63 today, plays his "Smoking Gun" and "Right Next Door (Becuse of Me)" in this '89 set.
The eternally youthful Chicago bluesman turns 80 today. See him perform his signature "All Your Love (I Miss Loving)" at '94 Newport.
The Chicago guitar slinger, born on this day in 1943, plays stinging licks with Electric Flag, Paul Butterfield and as a leader of his own band.
The blues-rock pioneer, born on this day in 1941, performs classics like "Stormy Monday" and "Further On Up the Road" in this playlist.
The Mississippi-born boogie man performs "Backstabbers" and "Baby Lee" and is joined by boogie disciple John Hammond on "Highway 13."
The edgy L.A. band, featuring John Diaz's raw vocals and guitar work, puts a punk spin on blues classics like "Crossroads" and "I'm Ready."
The slide guitar great and soulful singer performs "Rollin' and Tumblin'," "Walking Blues," "Women Be Wise" and others in this playlist.
The blues piano player, born on this day in 1913, fuels "Hoochie Coochie Man" and "Got My Mojo Working" in this '77 set from France.
The soulful singer and real-deal guitar slinger digs in on "Just Won't Burn" and the gospel-tinged "The Feeling Music Brings" in 2007.
The singer-harmonica ace plays her signatures "Hound Dog" and "Ball and Chain" and covers Junior Parker's "Mother-in-Law Blues" in 1969.
The Delta bluesman, who was born on this day in 1893, performs "Ballad of Casey Jones," "My Creole Belle" and "Salty Dog" in this '64 set.
The Chicago blues harpist and former Muddy Waters sideman turns 81 today. Hear him lead his own band in this concert from 50 years ago.
The British group, featuring guitar great Peter Haycock, plays Mose Allison's "Seventh Son" and Otis Rush's "So Many Roads" in this '74 set.
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 bassist and prolific composer leads the Chicago Blues All-Stars on his shuffle "29 Ways," "Backdoor Man," and others in this 1973 set.
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 Godfather of British Blues premieres his Jazz Blues Fusion band featuring trumpeter Blue Mitchell and saxophonist Red Holloway.
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.
The bad-to-the-bone boogie man performs acoustic versions of "Bo Diddley" and "Spoonful" in this intimate set from Wolfgang's Vault.
The great guitarist digs in with his Blue Line band on "You Cut Me to the Bone" and "Ain't Got Nothing But the Blues" in this set from Japan.
The blues-rocker from Shreveport turns 39 today. Hear him ripping it up at the ripe old age of 20 on "Long Gone" and "King's Highway."
The dynamic duo plays "Hoodoo Man Blues," "Messin' with the Kid" and "One Room Country Shack" in this 1974 set from Avery Fisher Hall.
The Chicago blues queen, who died on this day in 2009, delivers her raw vocals on "I'm a Woman" and "Wang Dang Doodle" in this '98 set.
The Boogie Man is joined by guitarist Ry Cooder on "Serves Me Right to Suffer," "Hobo Blues" and "Crawlin' King Snake" in this 1992 set.
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 Mississippi-born guitarist-singer, nicknamed the Oil Man, performs raw Delta numbers like "I'm Goin' Away, Baby" in a '98 set.
The Harlem-born bluesman (aka Henry Saint Clair Fredericks), who turns 74 today, plays "Diving Duck Blues" and "Easy Rider" in 1969.
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 Texas guitar hero channels his inner Albert King on smoldering and searing tracks like "Texas Flood" and "Cold Shot" in this playlist.
The soulful singer and searing guitarist plays "Smokin' Gun" from Strong Persuader and the title track from Don't Be Afraid of the Dark.
The Chicago blues harp ace-singer died on this day in 1987. Hear him lead his Better Days band on "Buried Alive in the Blues" in this '73 set.
The guitarist applies his stellar slide chops to "Built for Comfort," "Lonely Avenue" and Robert Johnson's "32-20 Blues" in this '96 set.
The "Father of Chicago Blues" died on this day in 1983. Hear him jamming with the Rolling Stones at the Checkerboard Lounge in 1981.
The lefty guitar slinger, who turns 81 today, showcases his tough West Side Chicago sound on "Double Trouble" and "Gambler's Blues" in '93.
The bluesman, who was born on this day in 1926, performs raucous renditions of "That's Alright" and "Kansas City" in this '66 Ash Grove set.
The powerhouse bluesman, born on this day in 1923, unleashes his string-bending chops on "Oh, Pretty Woman" and "Blues Power" in '70.
The Texas Cannonball stretches out on a medley of Jimmy Rogers' "That's Alright" and his own instrumental hit "Hide Away" in this '70 set.
The Delta bluesman, a protege of Robert Johnson, died on this day in 1992. Hear him sing "Crossroads" and "Dynaflow Blues" in this '74 set.
The multi-instrumental Louisiana bluesman Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown mixes slow blues, jazz and cajun dance numbers in this '96 set.
The rock guitar god dips deep into a stone blues bag on "Hear My Train A-Comin'," "Killin' Floor" and "Red House" in this one-hour playlist.
The Canned Heat frontman, who died on this day in 1981, leads the band on "Goin' Up the Country" and "On The Road Again" in 1979.
The father of modern Chicago blues was born on this day in 1913. See him in action in this 1971 video from the Ash Grove in Los Angeles.
The neo-blues star unleashes his distortion-laced chops on "When My Train Pulls In" and "Things are Changing" in this 2012 set from Austin.
The Long Island legend (born Edward Forehand) leads his blues 'n' soul band on "Stand By Me," "Stormy Monday" and "Mustang Sally" in 1997.