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.
The Delta bluesman, a peer of pioneers Charley Patton and Blind Lemon Jefferson, delivers with raw, emotional intensity in a '68 Ash Grove set.
Bassist-singer and prolific songwriter leads a younger generation of bluesmen on "I'm Crazy for My Baby" and "Wang Dang Doodle" in '73.
The late guitar great, who would've turned 77 today, squeezes the juice out of every note on "The Messiah," "Hey Joe" and "Five String Blues."
Riley "B."B." King was born on this day in 1925. Hear him play his hits "Sweet Sixteen" and "The Thrill Is Gone" in this '71 Fillmore East set.
The Grammy-winning neo-Delta bluesman (aka Kevin Moore) plays "Perpetual Blues Machine" and other tunes form Just Like You in '97.
The pioneering pianist-singer, who was born on this day in 1922, performs his 1945 hit "Driftin' Blues" in this 1996 Tramps set.
The multi-faceted bluesman, who died on this day in 2005, plays his autobiographical "Born In Louisiana (Raised on the Texas Side)" in '96.
The Austin-based guitar slinger showcases his distortion-laced chops on "When My Train Pulls In" and "Don't Owe You a Thing" in 2012.
The Texas Cannonball, born on this day in 1934, bears down on "Ain't Nobody's Business" and the instrumental shuffle "Hideaway" in 1970.
The punk-edged blues trio from L.A. plays acoustic versions of "Off the Ground" and "Turn Me Loose" in this video from NYC's Paste Studios.
The blues shouter known as "Mr. Five-by-Five" was born on this day in 1901. Hear him with Duke Ellington and Sammy Price at Newport.
Guitarists Peter Green and Jeremy Spencer lead the Brit band on B.B. King's "Worried Dream" and Elmore James' "Dust My Broom" in a '68 set.
The man who electrified the Delta blues was born on this day in 1917. Hear him play "I'm In the Mood" with Bonnie Raitt in a birthday playlist.
The longtime partners and purveyors of Piedmont blues join in on "Hootin' the Blues" and "Rock Island Line" in this '67 Ash Grove set.
The Chicago bluesman unleashes his stinging guitar chops and roaring vocals on "Hot Sauce" and "Mother-in-Law Blues" in this '78 set.
The late, great guitar player passed away on this day in 1988. Hear his cathartic, toe-curling licks on "Five String Blues" and "Hey Joe" in 1973.