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  1. Blues: Johnny Shines' Delta Muse Blues Johnny Shines' Delta Muse Avery Fisher Hall Jun 30, 1974 Blues: Johnny Shines' Delta Muse Avery Fisher Hall | Jun 30, 1974

    The Robert Johnson protege, who died on this day in 1992, flaunts his deft slide guitar technique on "Dynaflow Blues" and "Crossroads."

  2. Blues: Gatemouth Brown Rides Again Blues Gatemouth Brown Rides Again Blues: Gatemouth Brown Rides Again Gatemouth Brown Playlist

    The Louisiana multi-instrumentalist bluesman was born on this day in 1924. Hear him play "Please Mr. Nixon," "Dragnet Blues" and "Black Jack."

  3. Blues: Spider John Koerner at the Ash Grove Blues Spider John Koerner at the Ash Grove Ash Grove Feb 1, 1967 Blues: Spider John Koerner at the Ash Grove Ash Grove | Feb 1, 1967

    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.

  4. Blues: Koko "The Earthshaker" Taylor at Tramps Blues Koko "The Earthshaker" Taylor at Tramps Tramps May 8, 1998 Blues: Koko "The Earthshaker" Taylor at Tramps Tramps | May 8, 1998

    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."

  5. Blues: John Lee Hooker at Newport, 1991 Blues John Lee Hooker at Newport, 1991 Newport Jazz Festival Aug 17, 1991 Blues: John Lee Hooker at Newport, 1991 Newport Jazz Festival | Aug 17, 1991 watch video

    The Boogie Man delivers his distinctive brand of electrified Delta blues on "Backstabbers" and an 18-minute vamp on "Boogie Chillen."

  6. Blues: Video: Muddy Waters at Ash Grove, 1971 Blues Video: Muddy Waters at Ash Grove, 1971 Ash Grove Jul 29, 1971 Blues: Video: Muddy Waters at Ash Grove, 1971 Ash Grove | Jul 29, 1971 watch video

    The Chicago blues legend was born on this day in 1913. Watch him play "Walking in the Park," "Hoochie Coochie Man" and more.

  7. Blues: Lonnie Mack's Six-String Wham! Blues Lonnie Mack's Six-String Wham! Tramps Apr 21, 1995 Blues: Lonnie Mack's Six-String Wham! Tramps | Apr 21, 1995

    The blues-rock pioneer plays his "Oreo Cookie Blues" and "Cincinnati Jail" and delivers his 1963 instrumental hit "Wham!" in this '95 Tramps set.

  8. Blues: Son House's Chilling Delta Blues Blues Son House's Chilling Delta Blues Ash Grove Mar 2, 1968 Blues: Son House's Chilling Delta Blues Ash Grove | Mar 2, 1968

    The Mississippi-born solo troubadour, born on this day in 1902, shows a fierce edginess with slide guitar and vocals in 1968.

  9. Blues: R.I.P. James Cotton Blues R.I.P. James Cotton Blues: R.I.P. James Cotton A James Cotton Playlist

    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.

  10. Blues: Lightnin' Hopkins at the Ash Grove Blues Lightnin' Hopkins at the Ash Grove Ash Grove Sep 16, 1967 Blues: Lightnin' Hopkins at the Ash Grove Ash Grove | Sep 16, 1967

    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.

  11. Blues: Alvin Youngblood Hart Down in the Alley Blues Alvin Youngblood Hart Down in the Alley Tramps Aug 28, 1998 Blues: Alvin Youngblood Hart Down in the Alley Tramps | Aug 28, 1998

    The rootsy bluesman, who turns 54 today, performs "Them Fair Weather Friends" and more from his debut album Big Mama's Door in 1998.

  12. 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 great blues pianist-singer died on this day in 1988. Hear him play "Lonesome Traveler" and others with Willie Dixon at Newport '65.

  13. Blues: A Salute to Papa John Creach Blues A Salute to Papa John Creach Blues: A Salute to Papa John Creach A Papa John Creach Playlist

    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.

  14. Blues: Corey Harris' Delta Muse Blues Corey Harris' Delta Muse Tramps Aug 28, 1998 Blues: Corey Harris' Delta Muse Tramps | Aug 28, 1998

    The acoustic bluesman, who turns 48 today, performs Memphis Minnie's "Bumble Bee Blues" and Skip James' "Hard Time Killing Floor."

  15. Blues: Gary Clark Jr. Unleashed in Austin Blues Gary Clark Jr. Unleashed in Austin Good Danny's Apr 18, 2012 Blues: Gary Clark Jr. Unleashed in Austin Good Danny's | Apr 18, 2012

    After seeing his powerful performance on the 2017 Grammy Awards show with soulman William Bell, check out the neo-bluesman in 2012.

  16. Blues: A Brownie McGhee Memorial Playlist Blues A Brownie McGhee Memorial Playlist Blues: A Brownie McGhee Memorial Playlist Brownie McGhee playlist

    The Piedmont blues guitarist-singer died on this day in 1996. Hear him perform solo and with duo partners Sonny Terry and Buddy Moss.

  17. Blues: Mike Bloomfield In Memoriam Blues Mike Bloomfield In Memoriam Blues: Mike Bloomfield In Memoriam A Mike Bloomfield playlist

    The great Chicago guitarist died on this day in 1981. Hear him with Electric Flag, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and his own groups.

  18. Blues: Bobby Rush's Daytrotter Session Blues Bobby Rush's Daytrotter Session Daytrotter Studio Apr 29, 2014 Blues: Bobby Rush's Daytrotter Session Daytrotter Studio | Apr 29, 2014

    The 83-year-old Louisiana bluesman won his first Grammy Award last night for Porcupine Meat. Hear him sing "Garbage Man" in 2014.

  19. Blues: Johnny 'Guitar' Watson Wants to Ta-Ta You Blues Johnny 'Guitar' Watson Wants to Ta-Ta You Tramps Feb 17, 1995 Blues: Johnny 'Guitar' Watson Wants to Ta-Ta You Tramps | Feb 17, 1995

    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.

  20. Blues: The Hit That Launched B.B. King's Career Blues The Hit That Launched B.B. King's Career Paul's Mall Apr 9, 1978 Blues: The Hit That Launched B.B. King's Career Paul's Mall | Apr 9, 1978

    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.

  21. Blues: Langston Hughes Loves the Blues Blues Langston Hughes Loves the Blues Newport Jazz Festival Jul 3, 1960 Blues: Langston Hughes Loves the Blues Newport Jazz Festival | Jul 3, 1960

    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.

  22. Blues: Mance Lipscomb and Lightnin' Hopkins Blues Mance Lipscomb and Lightnin' Hopkins Ash Grove May 8, 1966 Blues: Mance Lipscomb and Lightnin' Hopkins Ash Grove | May 8, 1966

    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.

  23. Blues: A Willie Dixon Memorial Playlist Blues A Willie Dixon Memorial Playlist Blues: A Willie Dixon Memorial Playlist Willie Dixon Memorial Playlist

    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."

  24. Blues: Jonny Lang's Slash 'n' Burn Style Blues Jonny Lang's Slash 'n' Burn Style Walt Disney World Nov 30, 1997 Blues: Jonny Lang's Slash 'n' Burn Style Walt Disney World | Nov 30, 1997 watch video

    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.

  25. Blues: Bobby "Blue" Bland Digs Deep Blues Bobby "Blue" Bland Digs Deep Avery Fisher Hall Jun 30, 1974 Blues: Bobby "Blue" Bland Digs Deep Avery Fisher Hall | Jun 30, 1974

    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.

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  1. Blues: Sleepy John Estes at Newport, 1969 Blues Sleepy John Estes at Newport, 1969 Newport Folk Festival Jul 18, 1969 Blues: Sleepy John Estes at Newport, 1969 Newport Folk Festival | Jul 18, 1969

    The country blues guitarist and high crying singer, who was born on this day in 1904, joins mandolinist Yank Rachell on "Diving Duck Blues."

  2. Blues: A Salute to John Belushi Blues A Salute to John Belushi Winterland Dec 31, 1978 Blues: A Salute to John Belushi Winterland | Dec 31, 1978 watch video

    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.

  3. Blues: Muddy Waters at the Newport Folk Festival Blues Muddy Waters at the Newport Folk Festival Newport Folk Festival Jul 18, 1969 Blues: Muddy Waters at the Newport Folk Festival Newport Folk Festival | Jul 18, 1969

    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.

  4. Blues: Mick Taylor, Strictly the Blues Blues Mick Taylor, Strictly the Blues Blues: Mick Taylor, Strictly the Blues Mick Taylor, Strictly the Blues

    The British guitar great turns 67 today. Hear him with the Rolling Stones, the Bluesbreakers and guesting with the Allman Brothers Band.

  5. Blues: Charlie Musselwhite Solo in Berkeley Blues Charlie Musselwhite Solo in Berkeley Berkeley Community Theatre May 15, 1998 Blues: Charlie Musselwhite Solo in Berkeley Berkeley Community Theatre | May 15, 1998

    The Mississippi bluesman sings, plays guitar and harmonica on "Lonesome in My Bedroom" and "If I Should Have Bad Luck" in '98.

  6. Blues: Jesse Fuller's One-Man Band Blues Jesse Fuller's One-Man Band Newport Folk Festival Jul 18, 1969 Blues: Jesse Fuller's One-Man Band Newport Folk Festival | Jul 18, 1969

    The Bay Area musician plays guitar, harmonica, kazoo, the fotdella and sings on "Hump In Your Back" and "San Francisco Bay Blues" in 1969.

  7. Blues: Lou Rawls Sings the Blues Blues Lou Rawls Sings the Blues Blues: Lou Rawls Sings the Blues A Lou Rawls Blues Playlist

    The soulful singer known for his silky smooth baritone voice gets down on "Tobacco Road," "Stormy Monday" and "Hoochie Coochie Man."

  8. Blues: A Salute to Freddie King Blues A Salute to Freddie King Ash Grove Aug 25, 1970 Blues: A Salute to Freddie King Ash Grove | Aug 25, 1970

    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.

  9. 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 formidable bluesman, who died on this day in 1992, lays his signature six-string "Blues Power" on the hippie crowd in this 1970 set.

  10. Blues: Robben Ford & The Blue Line in Japan Blues Robben Ford & The Blue Line in Japan Festival Hall Nov 14, 1991 Blues: Robben Ford & The Blue Line in Japan Festival Hall | Nov 14, 1991

    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.

  11. Blues: All Hail the Blues King Blues All Hail the Blues King Blues: All Hail the Blues King A B.B. King Playlist

    On this day in 2006, B.B. King received the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House. Hear a playlist spanning 40 years.

  12. Blues: Shuggie Otis' Newport Debut Blues Shuggie Otis' Newport Debut Newport Jazz Festival Jul 12, 1970 Blues: Shuggie Otis' Newport Debut Newport Jazz Festival | Jul 12, 1970

    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.

  13. Blues: Buddy Guy & Junior Wells at Newport, 1968 Blues Buddy Guy & Junior Wells at Newport, 1968 Newport Folk Festival Jul 28, 1968 Blues: Buddy Guy & Junior Wells at Newport, 1968 Newport Folk Festival | Jul 28, 1968

    The Dynamic Duo of the blues performs "Messin' With the Kid," "Checkin' on My Baby" and "Somebody Hoodooed the Hoodoo Man."

  14. Blues: Remembering Walter 'Shakey' Horton Blues Remembering Walter 'Shakey' Horton Ash Grove Mar 10, 1972 Blues: Remembering Walter 'Shakey' Horton Ash Grove | Mar 10, 1972

    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.

  15. Blues: Lucky Peterson Saves the Day Blues Lucky Peterson Saves the Day Tramps Apr 19, 1997 Blues: Lucky Peterson Saves the Day Tramps | Apr 19, 1997

    The guitarist-singer fills in for an ailing Gatemouth Brown and delivers a smoking set with Gates Express in this 1997 set from Tramps.

  16. Blues: Lou Rawls at Newport, 1972 Blues Lou Rawls at Newport, 1972 Newport Jazz Festival New York Jul 8, 1972 Blues: Lou Rawls at Newport, 1972 Newport Jazz Festival New York | Jul 8, 1972

    The Chicago-born singer wraps his silky, soulful baritone voice around "Stormy Monday," "Every Day I Have the Blues" and "World of Trouble"

  17. Blues: Brownie McGhee Flies Solo Blues Brownie McGhee Flies Solo Rogers High School Jul 27, 1968 Blues: Brownie McGhee Flies Solo Rogers High School | Jul 27, 1968

    The Piedmont styled guitarist-singer, born on this day in 1915, plays "Kansas City Blues" and "Key to the Highway" in an unaccompanied set.

  18. Blues: John Mayall's 'Turning Point' Blues John Mayall's 'Turning Point' Fillmore Auditorium Feb 9, 1968 Blues: John Mayall's 'Turning Point' Fillmore Auditorium | Feb 9, 1968

    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.

  19. Blues: Lightnin' Hopkins at the Ash Grove Blues Lightnin' Hopkins at the Ash Grove Ash Grove Aug 22, 1967 Blues: Lightnin' Hopkins at the Ash Grove Ash Grove | Aug 22, 1967

    The Texas country blues troubadour and storyteller plays "I Hate I Got Married," "Trouble In Mind" and "High Heeled Sneakers" in this '67 set

  20. Blues: Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson Testifies Blues Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson Testifies Philharmonic Hall Jun 29, 1973 Blues: Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson Testifies Philharmonic Hall | Jun 29, 1973

    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.

  21. Blues: Memphis Slim at Newport, 1965 Blues Memphis Slim at Newport, 1965 Newport Jazz Festival Jul 1, 1965 Blues: Memphis Slim at Newport, 1965 Newport Jazz Festival | Jul 1, 1965

    The pianist-singer is joined by bassist Willie Dixon on the mournful "Lonesome Traveler" and the upbeat boogie "We're Gonna Rock."

  22. Blues: The Winter Brothers Meet B.B. King Blues The Winter Brothers Meet B.B. King Bottom Line Jun 21, 1978 Blues: The Winter Brothers Meet B.B. King Bottom Line | Jun 21, 1978

    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.

  23. Blues: John Hammond's Delta Muse Blues John Hammond's Delta Muse Waterville Opera House Dec 16, 1973 Blues: John Hammond's Delta Muse Waterville Opera House | Dec 16, 1973

    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.

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