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.
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.
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.