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The Blues Brothers

Whether celebrated as a sincere tribute or derided as a tongue-in-cheek put-on, the Blues Brothers -- Joliet Jake and his silent brother Elwood -- was among the most popular groups of the late '70s; what started as a skit on the hit NBC television sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live quickly snowballed to become a true phenomenon, complete with hit records, a sold-out concert tour, and even a feature film. Clad in vintage black suits, narrow ties, fedoras, and omnipresent wrap-around sunglasses, the Blues Brothers delivered spirited renditions of classic soul hits in the tradition of the signature Stax-Volt sound; purists may still cringe, but if nothing else the group deserves credit for introducing any number of soul and blues classics to a new generation of listeners while also allowing some of the most gifted session men in the business a chance to shine on-stage and -screen.

According to "Don Kirshner" (actually Saturday Night Live bandleader Paul Shaffer in disguise), the Blues Brothers' history was as follows: "In 1969, Marshall Checker, of the legendary Checkers Records, called me on a new blues act that had been playing in the small, funky clubs on Chicago's South Side....Today they are no longer an authentic blues act, but have managed to become a viable commercial product." In reality, however, vocalist Jake and harpist Elwood Blues were music lovers John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, two of SNL's brightest stars who created their respective aliases in early 1976 to warm up crowds before performances of the hit series. The Blues Brothers made their national TV debut with Belushi and Aykroyd outfitted in the bee costumes they often wore for another sketch, performing (naturally enough) Slim Harpo's "I'm a King Bee," and in the months to follow they grew in popularity, appearing on the program with increasing regularity.

The Blues Brothers' band included top Memphis session men like guitarist Steve Cropper and bassist Donald "Duck" Dunn, who together appeared on many of the original Stax label recordings of songs in the group's repertoire; later incarnations also featured notables like bluesman Matt "Guitar" Murphy. While opening for comedian Steve Martin in Los Angeles in 1978, the Blues Brothers recorded their debut live LP, Briefcase Full of Blues; the album quickly went platinum, launching Top 40 hit covers of "Soul Man" and "Rubber Biscuit." They also toured in 1980 to promote their feature-length movie, The Blues Brothers, a sprawling musical comedy featuring cameos by everyone from Cab Calloway to Aretha Franklin, as well as their second LP, Made in America; two more Top 40 hits -- "Gimme Some Lovin'" and "Who's Making Love" -- appeared that same year.

In 1981, The Best of the Blues Brothers was released, further solidifying their massive popularity; however, on March 5, 1982, Belushi died in Hollywood of an accidental drug overdose, and the Blues Brothers' saga was effectively over. Or so it seemed; as the movie remained a cult favorite and old Saturday Night Live sketches continued to run in syndication, the group's "legend" continued to grow, and, in 1988, Cropper, Dunn, Murphy, and other players re-formed the Blues Brothers Band for a world tour, often backing singer Eddie Floyd. In 1992, they even cut a new LP, Red White and Blues, which featured a guest appearance from Aykroyd/Elwood. Around the same time, Aykroyd also mounted his House of Blues franchise, an international chain of upscale blues joints; he, actor John Goodman, and Belushi's brother Jim also appeared on occasion in a new Blues Brothers lineup. Finally, in 1998 a second movie, Blues Brothers 2000, was released to negative reviews and poor box office returns. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Best Of The Blues Brothers

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Track List: Made In America

1. Soul Finger (Including Funky Broadway)

2. Who's Making Love

3. Do You Love Me : Mother Popcorn (You Got To Have A Mother For Me)

4. Guilty

5. Perry Mason Theme

6. Riot In Cell Block Number Nine

7. Green Onions

8. I Ain't Got You

9. From The Bottom

10. Going Back To Miami

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Track List: Briefcase Full Of Blues

1. Opening: I Can't Turn You Loose

2. Hey Bartender

3. Messin' With The Kid

4. (I Got Everything I Need) Almost

5. Rubber Biscuit

6. Shotgun Blues

7. Groove Me

8. I Don't Know

11. Flip, Flop & Fly

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cas.m.smith
I LOVE YOU'RE CAR!!!!!!!!!
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Soul Bro
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I saw the Blues Brothers in concert. Awesome show..
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david_johnso n _ u s a
I saw the movie first run on a giant screen 10 times. I was so fascinated by it all, the music, the great musicians, the cinematograp h y , Chicago, the chase scenes, the humor, and of course Jake & Elwood. A friend and I went as them for Halloween even. Huge SNL fan back then. Bought the albums and played them all the time and still have the vinyl. Heartbroken when John died. So much talent in one man.
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Always remember !!!!! The best EVER.
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LOOOOOOOOOOO O O O O O O V E D , ALWAYS
& FOREVER.
EAT DAT, PURISTS.
(I could live happily the rest of my FREAKIN LIFE without PURISTS, & without CRITICS.)
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I saw them film the bridge jump on 95th Street
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Decades later and I listen... this isn't movie folderol, it's the real blues, b**ches!!!
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The new Oldsmobiles are in early this year
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Loved the mall chase scene ����️‍♀️��
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Oh God, thee penguin ��☃️��⚡️⛪️
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Elwood - I'll bet they got SCMODS.
Jake - SCMODS?
Elwood - State County Municipal Offender Data System
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mike67529
Actually, it's Elwood and his silent brother Joliet Jake
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The movie was great
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swalton39
We're on a Mission from God.
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Where did them boys go!!!!! Watch it every time I see it on the tube.
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michwina
'How much for the children
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priscillawha l e y
Blues Brothers, you got game. Wow!!! Excellent voice Priscilla
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There's gotta be $7 in change here! Best musical ever
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Love the original movie! Jesus H tap dancing Christ I have SEEN the light! Love that scene and preacher Cleophus makes it all the better. Than you James Brown!
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you promised you'd go see the penguin.
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The best movie in the 80tys...
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hnoah969
Is sooooooo good and rocks!!
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sandymcleod1 7 5
❤❤❤❤❤
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mwagar
I need some soul food to go with that dry white toast!!! RIP Duck Dunn. You laid down an awesome groove for the Blues! "There are two guys out there dressed like..." "Jake...Elwo o d . . . ! "
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And some dry toast.
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4 FRIED CHICKENS AND A COKE
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juliana8503
This movie is my favorite��!
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I'm going to let my son watch it soon={)
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I'll have 4 fried chickens and a coke!!
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thomas13529
It's 160 miles to Chicago we got a full tank of gas it's dark and we're wearing sunglasses
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Yep
Umm
Darkness
SunGlasses
The
Blues
Brothers
Yo
Wooo


Good
Music
Man
Yee
Haw'rawa
Mm
Oh
Yeah
Man.
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BORN and LIVE from CHICAGO, Ladies and gentlemen, THE BLUES BROTHERS!!!! ! ! ! ! !
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fran4717
you know I love you baby! Pluuueeese.. . .
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No there was a whole show but they only put 2 songs in movie
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if i attended one of their concerts in the movie I would be pissed. They only played one or two songs each show.
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Its dark and we're wearing sunglasses
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Love the music,love the movie.
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Great band, Great covers, and a kickass movie! (yet to watch BB 2000)
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Great band, great covers and a kick a** movie!
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Great band too...have a family man Crew the movie& cameo-nation a l guard machinegun doors scene. Go Leo Solis, get some!!!
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Sometimes it's hard to be a woman
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Lot of the comments are about blues brothers 2000. I did like the b.b.2000 music better than b.b. First film.
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jack655605
Yes i see the light!!!.... The Band Elwood! The Band!
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dougieyellow j a c k e t
Can you see the light!!!!... . . . . . .
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alewon7
i hate illinois natzis
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ndeorio0
Orange whip?...thre e orange whips
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we play two kinds of music, country and western. also wrong glass sir many more but this is all
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Everybody!!!
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Excuse me gentlemen, I don't think there's anything wrong with this piano. Ray Charles. Cab singing minnie the moocher. john lee singing walk that walk, talk that talk.
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