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  1. Blues: Gatemouth Brown's Swingin' Blues Blues Gatemouth Brown's Swingin' Blues Tramps Apr 6, 1996 Blues: Gatemouth Brown's Swingin' Blues Tramps | Apr 6, 1996

    The multi-faceted bluesman, who died on this day in 2005, plays his autobiographical "Born In Louisiana (Raised on the Texas Side)" in '96.

  2. Blues: Gary Clark Jr.'s Nu Blues Blues Gary Clark Jr.'s Nu Blues Good Danny's Apr 18, 2012 Blues: Gary Clark Jr.'s Nu Blues Good Danny's | Apr 18, 2012

    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.

  3. Blues: Freddie King's Stinging Licks Blues Freddie King's Stinging Licks Ash Grove Aug 25, 1970 Blues: Freddie King's Stinging Licks Ash Grove | Aug 25, 1970

    The Texas Cannonball, born on this day in 1934, bears down on "Ain't Nobody's Business" and the instrumental shuffle "Hideaway" in 1970.

  4. Blues: The Record Company Unplugged Blues The Record Company Unplugged Paste Studios Jan 27, 2016 Blues: The Record Company Unplugged Paste Studios | Jan 27, 2016 watch video

    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.

  5. Blues: Jimmy Rushing Sings the Blues Blues Jimmy Rushing Sings the Blues Blues: Jimmy Rushing Sings the Blues A Jimmy Rushing Playlist

    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.

  6. Blues: Fleetwood Mac's Raw Bluesy Roots Blues Fleetwood Mac's Raw Bluesy Roots Carousel Ballroom Jun 8, 1968 Blues: Fleetwood Mac's Raw Bluesy Roots Carousel Ballroom | Jun 8, 1968

    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.

  7. Blues: Boogie On With John Lee Hooker Blues Boogie On With John Lee Hooker Blues: Boogie On With John Lee Hooker A John Lee Hooker Playlist

    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.

  8. Blues: Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee Hootin' Blues Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee Hootin' Ash Grove Jan 21, 1967 Blues: Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee Hootin' Ash Grove | Jan 21, 1967

    The longtime partners and purveyors of Piedmont blues join in on "Hootin' the Blues" and "Rock Island Line" in this '67 Ash Grove set.

  9. Blues: Son Seals at the Bottom Line Blues Son Seals at the Bottom Line Bottom Line Jan 10, 1978 Blues: Son Seals at the Bottom Line Bottom Line | Jan 10, 1978

    The Chicago bluesman unleashes his stinging guitar chops and roaring vocals on "Hot Sauce" and "Mother-in-Law Blues" in this '78 set.

  10. Blues: Remembering Roy Buchanan Blues Remembering Roy Buchanan Central Park Jun 30, 1973 Blues: Remembering Roy Buchanan Central Park | Jun 30, 1973

    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.

  11. Blues: B.B. King Rocks the Fillmore West Blues B.B. King Rocks the Fillmore West Fillmore Auditorium Jun 6, 1968 Blues: B.B. King Rocks the Fillmore West Fillmore Auditorium | Jun 6, 1968

    The king of the blues serenades the hippies with his classics "Paying the Cost to Be the Boss," Sweet Sixteen" and "Rock Me Baby" in this '68 set.

  12. 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 fingerstyle player, slide stylist and Taj Mahal protege performs his Delta-flavored originals "Big Mama's Door" and "If Blues Was Money."

  13. Blues: Jimmy Witherspoon at Shea Stadium Blues Jimmy Witherspoon at Shea Stadium Shea Stadium Jul 3, 1973 Blues: Jimmy Witherspoon at Shea Stadium Shea Stadium | Jul 3, 1973

    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.

  14. Blues: Cleanhead Sings the Blues Blues Cleanhead Sings the Blues Blues: Cleanhead Sings the Blues Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson playlist

    Tough Texas tenor saxophonist Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson wails on "Kidney Stew," "Cherry Red" and "Person to Person" in this '73 set.

  15. Blues: Robert Cray's Crossover Bluespower Blues Robert Cray's Crossover Bluespower Paramount Theatre Springfield Feb 12, 1989 Blues: Robert Cray's Crossover Bluespower Paramount Theatre Springfield | Feb 12, 1989

    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.

  16. Blues: Happy Birthday, Buddy Guy! Blues Happy Birthday, Buddy Guy! Newport Jazz Festival Aug 14, 1994 Blues: Happy Birthday, Buddy Guy! Newport Jazz Festival | Aug 14, 1994 watch video

    The eternally youthful Chicago bluesman turns 80 today. See him perform his signature "All Your Love (I Miss Loving)" at '94 Newport.

  17. Blues: A Mike Bloomfield Birthday Playlist Blues A Mike Bloomfield Birthday Playlist Blues: A Mike Bloomfield Birthday Playlist A Mike Bloomfield Birthday Playlist

    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.

  18. Blues: Lonnie Mack, Strictly the Blues Blues Lonnie Mack, Strictly the Blues Blues: Lonnie Mack, Strictly the Blues Lonnie Mack, Strictly the Blues

    The blues-rock pioneer, born on this day in 1941, performs classics like "Stormy Monday" and "Further On Up the Road" in this playlist.

  19. Blues: Video: John Lee Hooker at Newport, '91 Blues Video: John Lee Hooker at Newport, '91 Newport Jazz Festival Aug 17, 1991 Blues: Video: John Lee Hooker at Newport, '91 Newport Jazz Festival | Aug 17, 1991 watch video

    The Mississippi-born boogie man performs "Backstabbers" and "Baby Lee" and is joined by boogie disciple John Hammond on "Highway 13."

  20. Blues: The Outlaw Blues Band at Ash Grove, '67 Blues The Outlaw Blues Band at Ash Grove, '67 Ash Grove Jun 30, 1967 Blues: The Outlaw Blues Band at Ash Grove, '67 Ash Grove | Jun 30, 1967

    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."

  21. Blues: Bonnie Raitt, Strictly the Blues Blues Bonnie Raitt, Strictly the Blues Blues: Bonnie Raitt, Strictly the Blues Bonnie Raitt, Strictly The Blues

    The slide guitar great and soulful singer performs "Rollin' and Tumblin'," "Walking Blues," "Women Be Wise" and others in this playlist.

  22. Blues: Pinetop Perkins With Muddy Waters in Nice Blues Pinetop Perkins With Muddy Waters in Nice Grande Parade du Jazz Jul 13, 1977 Blues: Pinetop Perkins With Muddy Waters in Nice Grande Parade du Jazz | Jul 13, 1977

    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.

  23. Blues: Video: Susan Tedeschi at Newport Blues Video: Susan Tedeschi at Newport Newport Jazz Festival Aug 12, 2007 Blues: Video: Susan Tedeschi at Newport Newport Jazz Festival | Aug 12, 2007 watch video

    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.

  24. Blues: Big Mama Thornton's Downhome Blues Blues Big Mama Thornton's Downhome Blues Newport Folk Festival Jul 18, 1969 Blues: Big Mama Thornton's Downhome Blues Newport Folk Festival | Jul 18, 1969

    The singer-harmonica ace plays her signatures "Hound Dog" and "Ball and Chain" and covers Junior Parker's "Mother-in-Law Blues" in 1969.

  25. Blues: Mississippi John Hurt at the Ash Grove Blues Mississippi John Hurt at the Ash Grove Ash Grove Jul 5, 1964 Blues: Mississippi John Hurt at the Ash Grove Ash Grove | Jul 5, 1964

    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.

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  1. Blues: James Cotton at the Fillmore West Blues James Cotton at the Fillmore West Fillmore Auditorium Nov 25, 1966 Blues: James Cotton at the Fillmore West Fillmore Auditorium | Nov 25, 1966

    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.

  2. Blues: Climax Blues Band Invades Jersey Blues Climax Blues Band Invades Jersey Capitol Theatre Jan 19, 1974 Blues: Climax Blues Band Invades Jersey Capitol Theatre | Jan 19, 1974

    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.

  3. Blues: Remembering Bobby 'Blue' Bland Blues Remembering Bobby 'Blue' Bland Avery Fisher Hall Jun 30, 1974 Blues: Remembering Bobby 'Blue' Bland Avery Fisher Hall | Jun 30, 1974

    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.

  4. Blues: Willie Dixon IS the Blues Blues Willie Dixon IS the Blues Great American Music Hall Dec 13, 1973 Blues: Willie Dixon IS the Blues Great American Music Hall | Dec 13, 1973

    The bassist and prolific composer leads the Chicago Blues All-Stars on his shuffle "29 Ways," "Backdoor Man," and others in this 1973 set.

  5. Blues: Skip James' Haunting Laments Blues Skip James' Haunting Laments Hampton Jazz Festival Jun 27, 1968 Blues: Skip James' Haunting Laments Hampton Jazz Festival | Jun 27, 1968

    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.

  6. Blues: John Mayall at Philharmonic Hall, 1973 Blues John Mayall at Philharmonic Hall, 1973 Philharmonic Hall Jul 5, 1973 Blues: John Mayall at Philharmonic Hall, 1973 Philharmonic Hall | Jul 5, 1973

    The Godfather of British Blues premieres his Jazz Blues Fusion band featuring trumpeter Blue Mitchell and saxophonist Red Holloway.

  7. Blues: Video: The Blues Brothers at Winterland Blues Video: The Blues Brothers at Winterland Winterland Dec 31, 1978 Blues: Video: The Blues Brothers at Winterland Winterland | Dec 31, 1978 watch video

    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.

  8. Blues: Video: George Thorogood Unplugged Blues Video: George Thorogood Unplugged Wolfgang's Vault Aug 1, 2011 Blues: Video: George Thorogood Unplugged Wolfgang's Vault | Aug 1, 2011 watch video

    The bad-to-the-bone boogie man performs acoustic versions of "Bo Diddley" and "Spoonful" in this intimate set from Wolfgang's Vault.

  9. Blues: Robben Ford Cuts Loose in Osaka Blues Robben Ford Cuts Loose in Osaka Festival Hall Nov 14, 1991 Blues: Robben Ford Cuts Loose in Osaka Festival Hall | Nov 14, 1991

    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.

  10. Blues: Kenny Wayne Shepherd at Tramps, '98 Blues Kenny Wayne Shepherd at Tramps, '98 Tramps May 20, 1998 Blues: Kenny Wayne Shepherd at Tramps, '98 Tramps | May 20, 1998

    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."

  11. Blues: Buddy Guy & Junior Wells Testifyin' Blues Buddy Guy & Junior Wells Testifyin' Avery Fisher Hall Jun 30, 1974 Blues: Buddy Guy & Junior Wells Testifyin' Avery Fisher Hall | Jun 30, 1974

    The dynamic duo plays "Hoodoo Man Blues," "Messin' with the Kid" and "One Room Country Shack" in this 1974 set from Avery Fisher Hall.

  12. Blues: Remembering Koko Taylor, the Earthshaker Blues Remembering Koko Taylor, the Earthshaker Tramps May 8, 1998 Blues: Remembering Koko Taylor, the Earthshaker Tramps | May 8, 1998

    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.

  13. Blues: John Lee Hooker at Shoreline Amphitheatre Blues John Lee Hooker at Shoreline Amphitheatre Shoreline Amphitheatre Oct 10, 1992 Blues: John Lee Hooker at Shoreline Amphitheatre Shoreline Amphitheatre | Oct 10, 1992 watch video

    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.

  14. Blues: NEW: T. Blade & The Fabulous Esquires Blues NEW: T. Blade & The Fabulous Esquires May 9, 1981 Blues: NEW: T. Blade & The Fabulous Esquires May 9, 1981

    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.

  15. Blues: Big Jack Johnson's Electrified Blues Blues Big Jack Johnson's Electrified Blues Tramps May 8, 1998 Blues: Big Jack Johnson's Electrified Blues Tramps | May 8, 1998

    The Mississippi-born guitarist-singer, nicknamed the Oil Man, performs raw Delta numbers like "I'm Goin' Away, Baby" in a '98 set.

  16. Blues: Taj Mahal Gets Rootsy at the Fillmore Blues Taj Mahal Gets Rootsy at the Fillmore Fillmore West Sep 18, 1969 Blues: Taj Mahal Gets Rootsy at the Fillmore Fillmore West | Sep 18, 1969

    The Harlem-born bluesman (aka Henry Saint Clair Fredericks), who turns 74 today, plays "Diving Duck Blues" and "Easy Rider" in 1969.

  17. Blues: Etta James at Tramps, '93 Blues Etta James at Tramps, '93 Tramps Nov 3, 1993 Blues: Etta James at Tramps, '93 Tramps | Nov 3, 1993

    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."

  18. Blues: Remembering B.B. King Blues Remembering B.B. King Blues: Remembering B.B. King A B.B. King Memorial Playlist

    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.

  19. Blues: Stevie Ray Vaughan, Strictly the Blues Blues Stevie Ray Vaughan, Strictly the Blues Blues: Stevie Ray Vaughan, Strictly the Blues Stevie Ray Vaughan, Strictly the Blues

    The late Texas guitar hero channels his inner Albert King on smoldering and searing tracks like "Texas Flood" and "Cold Shot" in this playlist.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

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