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  1. Blues: Robert Cray's Smokin' Confessions Blues Robert Cray's Smokin' Confessions Paramount Theatre Springfield Feb 12, 1989 Blues: Robert Cray's Smokin' Confessions Paramount Theatre Springfield | Feb 12, 1989

    The soulful singer and searing guitarist plays "Smokin' Gun" from Strong Persuader and the title track from Don't Be Afraid of the Dark.

  2. Blues: Remembering Paul Butterfield Blues Remembering Paul Butterfield Winterland Feb 23, 1973 Blues: Remembering Paul Butterfield Winterland | Feb 23, 1973

    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.

  3. Blues: Roy Rogers' Delta Rhythm Kings at Tramps Blues Roy Rogers' Delta Rhythm Kings at Tramps Black Oak Ranch Sep 1, 1996 Blues: Roy Rogers' Delta Rhythm Kings at Tramps Black Oak Ranch | Sep 1, 1996

    The guitarist applies his stellar slide chops to "Built for Comfort," "Lonely Avenue" and Robert Johnson's "32-20 Blues" in this '96 set.

  4. Blues: Muddy Waters In Memoriam Blues Muddy Waters In Memoriam Checkerboard Lounge Nov 22, 1981 Blues: Muddy Waters In Memoriam Checkerboard Lounge | Nov 22, 1981

    The "Father of Chicago Blues" died on this day in 1983. Hear him jamming with the Rolling Stones at the Checkerboard Lounge in 1981.

  5. Blues: Otis Rush's Stinging Licks Blues Otis Rush's Stinging Licks Tramps Oct 15, 1993 Blues: Otis Rush's Stinging Licks Tramps | Oct 15, 1993

    The lefty guitar slinger, who turns 81 today, showcases his tough West Side Chicago sound on "Double Trouble" and "Gambler's Blues" in '93.

  6. Blues: J.B. Hutto's Raw Slide Style Blues J.B. Hutto's Raw Slide Style Ash Grove Dec 28, 1966 Blues: J.B. Hutto's Raw Slide Style Ash Grove | Dec 28, 1966

    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.

  7. Blues: VIDEO: Albert King at the Fillmore East Blues VIDEO: Albert King at the Fillmore East Fillmore East Sep 23, 1970 Blues: VIDEO: Albert King at the Fillmore East Fillmore East | Sep 23, 1970 watch video

    The powerhouse bluesman, born on this day in 1923, unleashes his string-bending chops on "Oh, Pretty Woman" and "Blues Power" in '70.

  8. Blues: Freddie King Cookin' at the Ash Grove Blues Freddie King Cookin' at the Ash Grove Ash Grove Aug 25, 1970 Blues: Freddie King Cookin' at the Ash Grove Ash Grove | Aug 25, 1970

    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.

  9. Blues: A Salute to Johnny Shines Blues A Salute to Johnny Shines Avery Fisher Hall Jun 30, 1974 Blues: A Salute to Johnny Shines Avery Fisher Hall | Jun 30, 1974

    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.

  10. Blues: Gate Swings at Tramps Blues Gate Swings at Tramps Tramps Apr 6, 1996 Blues: Gate Swings at Tramps Tramps | Apr 6, 1996

    The multi-instrumental Louisiana bluesman Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown mixes slow blues, jazz and cajun dance numbers in this '96 set.

  11. Blues: Jimi Hendrix, Strictly the Blues Blues Jimi Hendrix, Strictly the Blues Blues: Jimi Hendrix, Strictly the Blues Jimi Hendrix, Strictly the Blues

    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.

  12. Blues: Remembering Bob 'The Bear' Hite Blues Remembering Bob 'The Bear' Hite Parr Meadows Sep 7, 1979 Blues: Remembering Bob 'The Bear' Hite Parr Meadows | Sep 7, 1979

    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.

  13. Blues: A Salute to Muddy Waters Blues A Salute to Muddy Waters Ash Grove Jul 29, 1971 Blues: A Salute to Muddy Waters Ash Grove | Jul 29, 1971 watch video

    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.

  14. Blues: Gary Clark Jr. at Good Danny's Blues Gary Clark Jr. at Good Danny's Good Danny's Apr 18, 2012 Blues: Gary Clark Jr. at Good Danny's Good Danny's | Apr 18, 2012

    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.

  15. Blues: Little Buster & the Soul Brothers at Tramps Blues Little Buster & the Soul Brothers at Tramps Tramps Jun 13, 1997 Blues: Little Buster & the Soul Brothers at Tramps Tramps | Jun 13, 1997

    The Long Island legend (born Edward Forehand) leads his blues 'n' soul band on "Stand By Me," "Stormy Monday" and "Mustang Sally" in 1997.

  16. Blues: A Salute to Otis Spann Blues A Salute to Otis Spann Blues: A Salute to Otis Spann Otis Spann playlist

    The Chicago pianist was born on this day in 1930. Hear him in a blues demo narrated by Langston Hughes and with Muddy Waters' band.

  17. Blues: Yank Rachell's Bluesy Mandolin Blues Yank Rachell's Bluesy Mandolin Newport Folk Festival Jul 18, 1969 Blues: Yank Rachell's Bluesy Mandolin Newport Folk Festival | Jul 18, 1969

    The country bluesman, born on this day in 1910, joins guitarist-singer Sleepy John Estes on "Mailman Blues" at the '69 Newport Folk Festival.

  18. Blues: Remembering Lightnin' Hopkins Blues Remembering Lightnin' Hopkins Ash Grove Sep 16, 1967 Blues: Remembering Lightnin' Hopkins Ash Grove | Sep 16, 1967

    The Texas country blues legend, born on this day in 1912, plays "Baby Please Don't Go," "Mojo Hand" and "Katie Mae" in this '67 Ash Grove set.

  19. Blues: Son Seals Meets Johnny Winter Blues Son Seals Meets Johnny Winter Bottom Line Jan 10, 1978 Blues: Son Seals Meets Johnny Winter Bottom Line | Jan 10, 1978

    The Chicago bluesman welcomes the Texas guitar slinger as a special guest on "Stormy Monday" and "Sweet Little Angel" in this 1978 set.

  20. Blues: Paul Butterfield Band at the Fillmore, '66 Blues Paul Butterfield Band at the Fillmore, '66 Fillmore Auditorium Oct 14, 1966 Blues: Paul Butterfield Band at the Fillmore, '66 Fillmore Auditorium | Oct 14, 1966

    The harmonica ace leads his pioneering group featuring guitarists Mike Bloomfield and Elvin Bishop on "Shake Your Money Maker" and others.

  21. Blues: John Mayall at the Capitol Theatre, '82 Blues John Mayall at the Capitol Theatre, '82 Capitol Theatre Jun 18, 1982 Blues: John Mayall at the Capitol Theatre, '82 Capitol Theatre | Jun 18, 1982 watch video

    The godfather of British blues leads his Bluesbreakers featuring Stones guitarist Mick Taylor and special guests Etta James and Albert King.

  22. Blues: NEW: James Montgomery Wailin' in Lynn, '79 Blues NEW: James Montgomery Wailin' in Lynn, '79 Harbour House Apr 5, 1979 Blues: NEW: James Montgomery Wailin' in Lynn, '79 Harbour House | Apr 5, 1979

    The singer and blues harp ace leads his Boston-based band on the jump blues number "Schoolin' Them Dice" and the boogie romp "Train."

  23. Blues: Alvin Youngblood Hart at Tramps, '98 Blues Alvin Youngblood Hart at Tramps, '98 Tramps Aug 28, 1998 Blues: Alvin Youngblood Hart at Tramps, '98 Tramps | Aug 28, 1998

    The country blues artist and Oakland native, who turns 53 today, performs "Mama Don't Allow" and "Screamin' and Hollerin the Blues."

  24. Blues: Keb' Mo' at Tramps Blues Keb' Mo' at Tramps Tramps Mar 6, 1997 Blues: Keb' Mo' at Tramps Tramps | Mar 6, 1997

    The neo-Delta bluesman performs "I'm on Your Side" and "Perpetual Blues Machine" from his Grammy-winning album Just Like You.

  25. Blues: Bukka White at the Ash Grove, '67 Blues Bukka White at the Ash Grove, '67 Ash Grove Sep 10, 1967 Blues: Bukka White at the Ash Grove, '67 Ash Grove | Sep 10, 1967

    The Delta bluesman, who died on this day in 1977, accompanies his rough-hewn vocals with National steel resonator guitar in this solo set.

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  1. Blues: Remembering Memphis Slim Blues Remembering Memphis Slim Newport Jazz Festival Jul 1, 1965 Blues: Remembering Memphis Slim Newport Jazz Festival | Jul 1, 1965

    The pianist and singer, who died on this day in 1988, performs his mournful "Lonesome Traveler" and "I Cry and Sing the Blues" in 1965.

  2. Blues: A Birthday Salute to Johnny Winter Blues A Birthday Salute to Johnny Winter Palladium Mar 4, 1977 Blues: A Birthday Salute to Johnny Winter Palladium | Mar 4, 1977

    The late Texas rock-blues pioneer would've turned 72 today. Hear him in a stone blues bag with Muddy Waters and James Cotton in 1977.

  3. Blues: Muddy Waters at the Fillmore West, 1966 Blues Muddy Waters at the Fillmore West, 1966 Fillmore Auditorium Nov 5, 1966 Blues: Muddy Waters at the Fillmore West, 1966 Fillmore Auditorium | Nov 5, 1966

    The blues legend performs "Forty Days And Forty Nights," "Hoochie Coochie Man" and "Got My Mojo Working" at the famed rock palace.

  4. Blues: Corey Harris' Neo-Delta Sound Blues Corey Harris' Neo-Delta Sound Tramps Aug 28, 1998 Blues: Corey Harris' Neo-Delta Sound Tramps | Aug 28, 1998

    The acoustic guitarist-singer performs old school tunes like "Bumble Bee Blues" and "Hard Time Killing Floor Blues" in this 1998 Tramps set.

  5. Blues: A Salute to Brownie McGhee Blues A Salute to Brownie McGhee Ash Grove Jan 21, 1967 Blues: A Salute to Brownie McGhee Ash Grove | Jan 21, 1967

    The Piedmont blues guitarist-singer, who died on this day in 1996, joins partner Sonny Terry on "Rock Island Line" in a '67 Ash Grove set.

  6. Blues: Remembering Mike Bloomfield Blues Remembering Mike Bloomfield Fillmore West Feb 2, 1969 Blues: Remembering Mike Bloomfield Fillmore West | Feb 2, 1969

    The Chicago blues-rocker, who died on this day in 1981, unleashes his stinging guitar licks on "Killing My Love" and "Born in Chicago" in 1969.

  7. Blues: Bobby Rush's Daytrotter Session, 2014 Blues Bobby Rush's Daytrotter Session, 2014 Blues: Bobby Rush's Daytrotter Session, 2014

    The old school, Arkansas-bred bluesman performs funky fare like "Tight Money," "Garbage Man" and "Too Much Weekend" at age 80.

  8. Blues: Fleetwood Mac at the Carousel, '68 Blues Fleetwood Mac at the Carousel, '68 Carousel Ballroom Jun 8, 1968 Blues: Fleetwood Mac at the Carousel, '68 Carousel Ballroom | Jun 8, 1968

    Guitarist Peter Green leads the band in its earliest, bluesiest incarnation on Elmore James' "Dust My Broom" and B.B. King's "Worried Dream."

  9. Blues: Remembering the King of the Jukebox Blues Remembering the King of the Jukebox Blues: Remembering the King of the Jukebox A Louis Jordan playlist

    Jump blues pioneer Louis Jordan, who died on this day in 1975, plays his "Let The Good Times Roll" while others cover his popular tunes.

  10. Blues: Gatemouth Brown at Philharmonic Hall Blues Gatemouth Brown at Philharmonic Hall Philharmonic Hall Jun 29, 1973 Blues: Gatemouth Brown at Philharmonic Hall Philharmonic Hall | Jun 29, 1973

    The late, Louisiana bluesman shifts from fiddle to guitar and sings ""Blues Ain't Nothing But a Good Man Feeling Bad" in this '73 set.

  11. Blues: Charlie Musselwhite in Berkeley, '98 Blues Charlie Musselwhite in Berkeley, '98 Berkeley Community Theatre May 15, 1998 Blues: Charlie Musselwhite in Berkeley, '98 Berkeley Community Theatre | May 15, 1998

    The venerable blues harpist-singer, who turns 72 today, accompanies himself on guitar on "Lonesome in My Bedroom" in this solo set.

  12. Blues: Sleepy John Estes at Avery Fisher Hall, '74 Blues Sleepy John Estes at Avery Fisher Hall, '74 Avery Fisher Hall Jun 30, 1974 Blues: Sleepy John Estes at Avery Fisher Hall, '74 Avery Fisher Hall | Jun 30, 1974

    The country blues guitarist with the high crying vocals joins harmonica ace Hammie Nixon on "Rats in My Kitchen" and "President Kennedy."

  13. Blues: Remembering John Belushi Blues Remembering John Belushi Winterland Dec 31, 1978 Blues: Remembering John Belushi Winterland | Dec 31, 1978 watch video

    The late comedian, who would've turned 67 today, plays "Joliet" Jake Blues to Dan Aykroyd's Elwood Blues in this Blues Brothers set from '78.

  14. Blues: Muddy Waters in Newport, '69 Blues Muddy Waters in Newport, '69 Newport Folk Festival Jul 18, 1969 Blues: Muddy Waters in Newport, '69 Newport Folk Festival | Jul 18, 1969

    On this day in 1987, the bluesman was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame. Hear him sing "Got My Mojo Working" at the Folk Festival.

  15. Blues: Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith with Muddy Waters Blues Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith with Muddy Waters Bottom Line Feb 15, 1978 Blues: Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith with Muddy Waters Bottom Line | Feb 15, 1978

    The Chicago drummer, born on this day in 1936, brings his signature shuffle beat to "Kansas City" and "Dust My Broom" in this '78 set.

  16. Blues: Jimmy Witherspoon at Shea Stadium, '73 Blues Jimmy Witherspoon at Shea Stadium, '73 Shea Stadium Jul 3, 1973 Blues: Jimmy Witherspoon at Shea Stadium, '73 Shea Stadium | Jul 3, 1973

    The great blues singer is joined by guitar great Robben Ford on "Spoonful," "Mean Old Frisco" and others in the NY Mets old home.

  17. Blues: A Salute to Missississippi Fred McDowell Blues A Salute to Missississippi Fred McDowell Newport Folk Festival Jul 27, 1968 Blues: A Salute to Missississippi Fred McDowell Newport Folk Festival | Jul 27, 1968

    The hill country bluesman was born on this day in 1904. Hear his wicked slide guitar work on "Shake 'Em On Down" at Newport '68.

  18. Blues: Taj Mahal at the Fillmore West, '69 Blues Taj Mahal at the Fillmore West, '69 Fillmore West Sep 18, 1969 Blues: Taj Mahal at the Fillmore West, '69 Fillmore West | Sep 18, 1969

    The blues scholar (born Henry Saint Clair Fredericks) performs "Divin' Duck Blues," "Checkin' Up On My Baby," "Corinna" and "Bacon Fat."

  19. Blues: Video: Buddy Guy at Newport '94 Blues Video: Buddy Guy at Newport '94 Newport Jazz Festival Aug 14, 1994 Blues: Video: Buddy Guy at Newport '94 Newport Jazz Festival | Aug 14, 1994 watch video

    The Chicago blues guitar great unleashes stinging licks on classics like "All Your Love (I Miss Loving) and "Damn Right, I've Got the Blues."

  20. Blues: Lou Rawls Sings the Blues Blues Lou Rawls Sings the Blues Blues: Lou Rawls Sings the Blues Lou Rawls Playlist

    The Chicago native with the deep baritone voice died on this day in 2006. Hear him sing "Stormy Monday" and "Tobacco Road" in a playlist.

  21. Blues: Remembering Freddie King Blues Remembering Freddie King Ash Grove Aug 25, 1970 Blues: Remembering Freddie King Ash Grove | Aug 25, 1970

    The great singer and guitarist, who died on this day in 1976, performs classics like "San-Ho-Zay" and "I'm Tore Down" in this 1970 concert.

  22. Blues: Canned Heat Boogies On Blues Canned Heat Boogies On Parr Meadows Sep 7, 1979 Blues: Canned Heat Boogies On Parr Meadows | Sep 7, 1979

    Frontman Bob "The Bear" Hite leads the shuffle kings on "Going Up the Country" and "On the Road Again" in a Woodstock 10th anniversary set.

  23. Blues: Bobby 'Blue' Bland Meets B.B. King Blues Bobby 'Blue' Bland Meets B.B. King Avery Fisher Hall Jun 30, 1974 Blues: Bobby 'Blue' Bland Meets B.B. King Avery Fisher Hall | Jun 30, 1974

    The two titans of the blues team up on a medley of "How Blue Can You Get?," "Stormy Monday" and "It's My Own Fault" in this 1974 concert.

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