The Houston funkmeister with the nasty licks was born on this day in 1935. Hear him play "Gangster of Love" and "Ain't That a Bitch" in '95.
On this day in 1952, the bluesman scored his first #1 on the Billboard charts with "3 O'Clock Blues." Hear him play this slow blues in 1978.
The Harlem Renaissance poet, born on this day in 1902, hosts a blues bash featuring Muddy Waters, Otis Spann and John Lee Hooker in 1960.
In a grim bit of synchronicity, the Texas bluesmen both died on this day - Lipscomb in 1976, Hopkins in 1982. Hear them at Ash Grove in '66.
The great bassist and prolific songwriter died on this day in 1992. Hear him play his tunes "Back Door Man," "29 Ways" and "Crazy for My Baby."
The one-time teenage guitar wiz turns 37 today. Hear him play "Hit the Ground Runnin'," "Reck 'Em Up" and "Darker Side" from Lie to Me in '98.
The great blues singer, born on this day in 1930, performs classics like "Ain't That Loving You" and a medley with B.B. King in this 1974 set.
The country blues guitarist and high crying singer, who was born on this day in 1904, joins mandolinist Yank Rachell on "Diving Duck Blues."
The late comedian, who would've turned 68 today, puts on his "Joliet" Jake Blues persona for renditions of "Hey Bartender" and others in '78.
On this day in 1987, the blues legend was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame. Hear him play "Got My Mojo Working" in a 1969 set.
The British guitar great turns 67 today. Hear him with the Rolling Stones, the Bluesbreakers and guesting with the Allman Brothers Band.
The Mississippi bluesman sings, plays guitar and harmonica on "Lonesome in My Bedroom" and "If I Should Have Bad Luck" in '98.
The Bay Area musician plays guitar, harmonica, kazoo, the fotdella and sings on "Hump In Your Back" and "San Francisco Bay Blues" in 1969.
The soulful singer known for his silky smooth baritone voice gets down on "Tobacco Road," "Stormy Monday" and "Hoochie Coochie Man."
The late, great Texas Cannonball, who died on this day in 1976, wails on his signature "Hide Away" and "San-Ho-Zay" at the Ash Grove, 1970.
The formidable bluesman, who died on this day in 1992, lays his signature six-string "Blues Power" on the hippie crowd in this 1970 set.
The guitarist plays "Talk to Your Daughter," "Help the Poor" and "Ain't Got Nuthin' But the Blues" in this '92 set from Festival Hall in Osaka.
On this day in 2006, B.B. King received the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House. Hear a playlist spanning 40 years.
The 16-year-old guitar wiz and son of R&B legend Johnny Otis stings on a slow blues and revs up "Shuggie's Boogie" in this 1970 set.
The Dynamic Duo of the blues performs "Messin' With the Kid," "Checkin' on My Baby" and "Somebody Hoodooed the Hoodoo Man."
The harmonica ace, who died on this day in 1981, leads Willie Dixon's Blues All-Stars on "Little Boy Blue" in this '72 set from the Ash Grove.
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 Chicago-born singer wraps his silky, soulful baritone voice around "Stormy Monday," "Every Day I Have the Blues" and "World of Trouble"
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 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 Texas country blues troubadour and storyteller plays "I Hate I Got Married," "Trouble In Mind" and "High Heeled Sneakers" in this '67 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.
The pianist-singer is joined by bassist Willie Dixon on the mournful "Lonesome Traveler" and the upbeat boogie "We're Gonna Rock."
Edgar and Johnny Winter sit in with The King of the Blues on "Going Down Slow" in this '78 set from the Bottom Line in New York City.
The guitarist-singer and blues harp ace, who turns 74 today, performs "Look On Yonder Wall," "Broke Down Engine" and others in this solo set.
The Delta blues master was born on this day 110 years ago. Hear him play "Aberdeen Mississippi Blues" and "Fixin' to Die Blues" in a '67 set.
The Louisiana singer and blues harpist, who turns 83 today, performs "Tight Money" and "Too Much Weekend" in this 2014 Daytrotter set.
The rising star guitarist-singer, who turns 46 today, delivers a stinging "Just Won't Burn" and a deeply soulful "Feeling That Music Brings."
The tough Texan, who turns 76 today, sings the shuffle "Linda Lu," the slow blues "Rebecca, Rebecca" and his "Two More Bottles of Wine."
Guitarist-singer Omar Dykes brings his rough vocals and stinging licks to blues-rockers like "Mississippi Hoodoo Man" and "Big Legs" in '97.
The country-blues singer-guitarist, who died on this day in 1966, plays "Richland Woman Blues," "Shake That Thing" and "Stagger Lee" in 1964.
The folk-blues troubadour blends fingerstyle picking and passionate vocals on "Statesboro Blues" and "Dust My Broom" in this '73 solo set.
The late Climax Blues Band guitarist died on this day in 2013. Hear him play "Couldn't Get It Right" and "Goin' To New York" in this 1978 set.
The Chicago blues harpist leads his own groups and guests with the Allman Brothers Band, Santana, Fleetwood Mac, Rick Danko and others.
The father of modern Chicago blues plays some nasty slide guitar on "Honey Bee" and "Long Distance Call" and sings "Hoochie Coochie Man."
The Piedmont blues and folk harmonica ace was born on this day in 1911. Hear him with longtime partner Brownie McGhee in a '67 set.
The blues-rock pioneer, who turns 74 today, plays "Fannie Mae," "Party 'Til the Cows Come Home" and "The Things I Used to Do" in this '71 set.
Jefferson Airplane bandmates Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady play tunes by Robert Johnson, Rev. Gary Davis and Jimmy Reed in 1998.
The guitarist-singer just released The Blues, The Whole Blues and Nothing But The Blues. Hear him as a young blues scholar in '75.
The electric Delta boogie man joins the guitar hero and singer Etta James on a straight up blues jam in this '86 video from the Fillmore.
Mick, Keef & the boys just announced the release of their new album Blue & Lonesome on December 2. Hear them knee-deep in the blues.
Jerry Garcia leads the ultimate jam band on covers of "Smokestack Lightning," "I'm a King Bee," "Little Red Rooster" and "Walkin' Blues."
The imposing bluesman unleashes his toe-curling bent-string licks on "Personal Manager" and "Crosscut Saw" at the Fillmore East in 1971.