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Rob McConnell's 13-piece Big Band swings before full house at Sunday night benefit for Archie Alleyn at the Town Tavern, January 2, 1968.

James Lewcun/The Globe and Mail

Unless they're on their way to Massey Hall a block away, no one hits the Yonge Street strip for its music. But there was a time. "I never seen a street like it anywhere in the world," the legendary and excitable bandleader Ronnie Hawkins said. "Yonge Street was the promised land." In honour of the street's legacy, music journalist Nicholas Jennings gives eight walking tours this summer. (Sunday's is fully booked; preregister for future walks at heritagetoronto.org). Here are four of the 14 outdoor stops on the musical history tour.

Colonial Tavern

201 Yonge St.

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Jazz and blues haunt provided a stage for Miles Davis, Sarah Vaughan, Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf.

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At Dundas Street

Unaware Ryerson students there one night in '74 were sitting next to an incognito Bob Dylan.

Town Tavern

At Queen Street

Listen to Oscar Peterson's 1958 album On the Town to hear what the room sounded like.

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Le Coq d'Or

333 Yonge St.

The house that Hawkins (and Bo Diddley, Fats Domino etc.) built.

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