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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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."

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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."

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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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  1. Blues: Otis Rush's Stinging Licks Blues Otis Rush's Stinging Licks Tramps Oct 15, 1993 Blues: Otis Rush's Stinging Licks Tramps | Oct 15, 1993

    The lefty guitar slinger, who turns 81 today, showcases his tough West Side Chicago sound on "Double Trouble" and "Gambler's Blues" in '93.

  2. Blues: J.B. Hutto's Raw Slide Style Blues J.B. Hutto's Raw Slide Style Ash Grove Dec 28, 1966 Blues: J.B. Hutto's Raw Slide Style Ash Grove | Dec 28, 1966

    The bluesman, who was born on this day in 1926, performs raucous renditions of "That's Alright" and "Kansas City" in this '66 Ash Grove set.

  3. Blues: VIDEO: Albert King at the Fillmore East Blues VIDEO: Albert King at the Fillmore East Fillmore East Sep 23, 1970 Blues: VIDEO: Albert King at the Fillmore East Fillmore East | Sep 23, 1970 watch video

    The powerhouse bluesman, born on this day in 1923, unleashes his string-bending chops on "Oh, Pretty Woman" and "Blues Power" in '70.

  4. Blues: Freddie King Cookin' at the Ash Grove Blues Freddie King Cookin' at the Ash Grove Ash Grove Aug 25, 1970 Blues: Freddie King Cookin' at the Ash Grove Ash Grove | Aug 25, 1970

    The Texas Cannonball stretches out on a medley of Jimmy Rogers' "That's Alright" and his own instrumental hit "Hide Away" in this '70 set.

  5. Blues: A Salute to Johnny Shines Blues A Salute to Johnny Shines Avery Fisher Hall Jun 30, 1974 Blues: A Salute to Johnny Shines Avery Fisher Hall | Jun 30, 1974

    The Delta bluesman, a protege of Robert Johnson, died on this day in 1992. Hear him sing "Crossroads" and "Dynaflow Blues" in this '74 set.

  6. Blues: Gate Swings at Tramps Blues Gate Swings at Tramps Tramps Apr 6, 1996 Blues: Gate Swings at Tramps Tramps | Apr 6, 1996

    The multi-instrumental Louisiana bluesman Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown mixes slow blues, jazz and cajun dance numbers in this '96 set.

  7. Blues: Jimi Hendrix, Strictly the Blues Blues Jimi Hendrix, Strictly the Blues Blues: Jimi Hendrix, Strictly the Blues Jimi Hendrix, Strictly the Blues

    The rock guitar god dips deep into a stone blues bag on "Hear My Train A-Comin'," "Killin' Floor" and "Red House" in this one-hour playlist.

  8. Blues: Remembering Bob 'The Bear' Hite Blues Remembering Bob 'The Bear' Hite Parr Meadows Sep 7, 1979 Blues: Remembering Bob 'The Bear' Hite Parr Meadows | Sep 7, 1979

    The Canned Heat frontman, who died on this day in 1981, leads the band on "Goin' Up the Country" and "On The Road Again" in 1979.

  9. Blues: A Salute to Muddy Waters Blues A Salute to Muddy Waters Ash Grove Jul 29, 1971 Blues: A Salute to Muddy Waters Ash Grove | Jul 29, 1971 watch video

    The father of modern Chicago blues was born on this day in 1913. See him in action in this 1971 video from the Ash Grove in Los Angeles.

  10. Blues: Gary Clark Jr. at Good Danny's Blues Gary Clark Jr. at Good Danny's Good Danny's Apr 18, 2012 Blues: Gary Clark Jr. at Good Danny's Good Danny's | Apr 18, 2012

    The neo-blues star unleashes his distortion-laced chops on "When My Train Pulls In" and "Things are Changing" in this 2012 set from Austin.

  11. Blues: Little Buster & the Soul Brothers at Tramps Blues Little Buster & the Soul Brothers at Tramps Tramps Jun 13, 1997 Blues: Little Buster & the Soul Brothers at Tramps Tramps | Jun 13, 1997

    The Long Island legend (born Edward Forehand) leads his blues 'n' soul band on "Stand By Me," "Stormy Monday" and "Mustang Sally" in 1997.

  12. Blues: A Salute to Otis Spann Blues A Salute to Otis Spann Blues: A Salute to Otis Spann Otis Spann playlist

    The Chicago pianist was born on this day in 1930. Hear him in a blues demo narrated by Langston Hughes and with Muddy Waters' band.

  13. Blues: Yank Rachell's Bluesy Mandolin Blues Yank Rachell's Bluesy Mandolin Newport Folk Festival Jul 18, 1969 Blues: Yank Rachell's Bluesy Mandolin Newport Folk Festival | Jul 18, 1969

    The country bluesman, born on this day in 1910, joins guitarist-singer Sleepy John Estes on "Mailman Blues" at the '69 Newport Folk Festival.

  14. Blues: Remembering Lightnin' Hopkins Blues Remembering Lightnin' Hopkins Ash Grove Sep 16, 1967 Blues: Remembering Lightnin' Hopkins Ash Grove | Sep 16, 1967

    The Texas country blues legend, born on this day in 1912, plays "Baby Please Don't Go," "Mojo Hand" and "Katie Mae" in this '67 Ash Grove set.

  15. Blues: Son Seals Meets Johnny Winter Blues Son Seals Meets Johnny Winter Bottom Line Jan 10, 1978 Blues: Son Seals Meets Johnny Winter Bottom Line | Jan 10, 1978

    The Chicago bluesman welcomes the Texas guitar slinger as a special guest on "Stormy Monday" and "Sweet Little Angel" in this 1978 set.

  16. Blues: Paul Butterfield Band at the Fillmore, '66 Blues Paul Butterfield Band at the Fillmore, '66 Fillmore Auditorium Oct 14, 1966 Blues: Paul Butterfield Band at the Fillmore, '66 Fillmore Auditorium | Oct 14, 1966

    The harmonica ace leads his pioneering group featuring guitarists Mike Bloomfield and Elvin Bishop on "Shake Your Money Maker" and others.

  17. Blues: John Mayall at the Capitol Theatre, '82 Blues John Mayall at the Capitol Theatre, '82 Capitol Theatre Jun 18, 1982 Blues: John Mayall at the Capitol Theatre, '82 Capitol Theatre | Jun 18, 1982 watch video

    The godfather of British blues leads his Bluesbreakers featuring Stones guitarist Mick Taylor and special guests Etta James and Albert King.

  18. Blues: NEW: James Montgomery Wailin' in Lynn, '79 Blues NEW: James Montgomery Wailin' in Lynn, '79 Harbour House Apr 5, 1979 Blues: NEW: James Montgomery Wailin' in Lynn, '79 Harbour House | Apr 5, 1979

    The singer and blues harp ace leads his Boston-based band on the jump blues number "Schoolin' Them Dice" and the boogie romp "Train."

  19. 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 country blues artist and Oakland native, who turns 53 today, performs "Mama Don't Allow" and "Screamin' and Hollerin the Blues."

  20. Blues: Keb' Mo' at Tramps Blues Keb' Mo' at Tramps Tramps Mar 6, 1997 Blues: Keb' Mo' at Tramps Tramps | Mar 6, 1997

    The neo-Delta bluesman performs "I'm on Your Side" and "Perpetual Blues Machine" from his Grammy-winning album Just Like You.

  21. Blues: Bukka White at the Ash Grove, '67 Blues Bukka White at the Ash Grove, '67 Ash Grove Sep 10, 1967 Blues: Bukka White at the Ash Grove, '67 Ash Grove | Sep 10, 1967

    The Delta bluesman, who died on this day in 1977, accompanies his rough-hewn vocals with National steel resonator guitar in this solo set.

  22. Blues: Remembering Memphis Slim Blues Remembering Memphis Slim Newport Jazz Festival Jul 1, 1965 Blues: Remembering Memphis Slim Newport Jazz Festival | Jul 1, 1965

    The pianist and singer, who died on this day in 1988, performs his mournful "Lonesome Traveler" and "I Cry and Sing the Blues" in 1965.

  23. Blues: A Birthday Salute to Johnny Winter Blues A Birthday Salute to Johnny Winter Palladium Mar 4, 1977 Blues: A Birthday Salute to Johnny Winter Palladium | Mar 4, 1977

    The late Texas rock-blues pioneer would've turned 72 today. Hear him in a stone blues bag with Muddy Waters and James Cotton in 1977.

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