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Today is Pat Benatar’s birthday (January 10), and we thought we’d honor the tiny rocker with massive pipes by looking back at one of her most intimate concerts ever.

Benatar and husband/guitarist/songwriting partner Neil Giraldo performed on NPR’s “Tiny Desk Concert” video series back in November 2014, and it should come as no surprise that the two of them absolutely killed it.

Of course, Benatar and Giraldo aren’t the only classic rockers to perform on this series. Do yourself a favor and check out these other “Tiny Desk Concert” sets.

 

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo

Set list:  “We Live For Love,” “We Belong” and “Promises In The Dark.”

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

"You know I wrote this for you, baby - you know that." "Oh, yeah, sure." Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo do mock-bickering as well as any long-married couple - which, of course, is exactly what they are.

 

Peter Frampton

Set list:  “All I Want To Be (Is By Your Side),” “Lines On My Face” and “Baby, I Love Your Way.”

Peter Frampton: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

March 17, 2016 by BOB BOILEN * I could walk by Peter Frampton on the street and not recognize him. His long blond hair, which shines like a halo on his album Frampton Comes Alive! may be gone, but as soon as he sat behind the Tiny Desk and began singing, 1976 came rushing back.

 

Graham Nash

Set list:  “Bus Stop,” “Myself At Last” and “This Path Tonight.”

Graham Nash: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

While I sat on the floor watching Graham Nash play The Hollies' 1966 hit "Bus Stop," I caught a glimpse of the same transistor radio I had as a kid when that song filled the AM radio airwaves. It was surreal and beautiful. Nash has a voice that resonates and cuts to the core.

 

Jackson Browne

Set list:  “Call It A Loan,” “The Barricades Of Heaven” and “Long Way Around.”

Jackson Browne: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

My admiration for Jackson Browne began with his first album in 1971. I was wowed by the fact that the singer-songwriter had worked with Nico of Velvet Underground fame - his girlfriend at the time - on her first album, Chelsea Girl. He wrote one of my favorite songs on that record, "These Days."

 

Booker T. Jones

Set list:  “Green Onions,” “Born Under A Bad Sign” and “Down In Memphis.”

Booker T. Jones: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Jones' name is synonymous with the Hammond B3 organ. At 17, he recorded the instrument's anthem, "Green Onions," with his band Booker T and The MG's. Watch him play the song all alone in the NPR Music offices -- and with such joy, you'd swear he just discovered it.

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.

Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.