The formidable bluesman, born on this day in 1923, unleashes his bent-string licks on "Crosscut Saw," "Oh Pretty Woman" and "Blues Power."
The Robert Johnson protege, who died on this day in 1992, flaunts his deft slide guitar technique on "Dynaflow Blues" and "Crossroads."
The Louisiana multi-instrumentalist bluesman was born on this day in 1924. Hear him play "Please Mr. Nixon," "Dragnet Blues" and "Black Jack."
The Rochester native plays 12-string guitar and delivers urgent vocals on "Tired of Ramblin'" and "I Don't Want To Be Terrified" in 1967.
The late Queen of the Blues sings her 1966 hit "Wang Dang Doodle" along with blues classics like "Black Cat Bone" and "Big Boss Man."
The Boogie Man delivers his distinctive brand of electrified Delta blues on "Backstabbers" and an 18-minute vamp on "Boogie Chillen."
The Chicago blues legend was born on this day in 1913. Watch him play "Walking in the Park," "Hoochie Coochie Man" and more.
The blues-rock pioneer plays his "Oreo Cookie Blues" and "Cincinnati Jail" and delivers his 1963 instrumental hit "Wham!" in this '95 Tramps set.
The Mississippi-born solo troubadour, born on this day in 1902, shows a fierce edginess with slide guitar and vocals in 1968.
The Mississippi-born blues harp ace died yesterday at age 81. Hear him lead his own band in 1966 and 1973 and with Muddy Waters in 1977.
The Texas bluesman, born on this day in 1911, plays "Trouble In Mind," "My Baby Don't Stand No Cheating" and "I'm a Stranger Here" in 1967.
The rootsy bluesman, who turns 54 today, performs "Them Fair Weather Friends" and more from his debut album Big Mama's Door in 1998.
The great blues pianist-singer died on this day in 1988. Hear him play "Lonesome Traveler" and others with Willie Dixon at Newport '65.
The blues fiddler, a one-time member of the Jefferson Starship, died on this day in 1994. Hear him with Hot Tuna and his own band.
The acoustic bluesman, who turns 48 today, performs Memphis Minnie's "Bumble Bee Blues" and Skip James' "Hard Time Killing Floor."
The Piedmont blues guitarist-singer died on this day in 1996. Hear him perform solo and with duo partners Sonny Terry and Buddy Moss.
The great Chicago guitarist died on this day in 1981. Hear him with Electric Flag, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and his own groups.
The 83-year-old Louisiana bluesman won his first Grammy Award last night for Porcupine Meat. Hear him sing "Garbage Man" in 2014.
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.