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John bought an amplifier and they kept some musical instruments there for anyone who wanted to jam. It was here that Dan and Ron Gwynne wrote and developed the story which Dan turned into the draft screenplay for the Blues Brothers movie, better known as the "tome" because it contained so many pages.

John bought an amplifier and they kept some musical instruments there for anyone who wanted to jam. It was here that Dan and Ron Gwynne wrote and developed the story which Dan turned into the draft screenplay for the Blues Brothers movie, better known as the "tome" because it contained so many pages.

It was at the bar that Aykroyd introduced Belushi to the blues. An interest soon became a fascination, and it was not long before the two began singing with local blues bands. The suits came from the concept that when you were a jazz player in the '40s, '50s '60s, to look straight, you had to wear a suit. As Aykroyd described it: So I grew up in Ottawa , in this capital city. My parents used to work for the government, and I went to elementary school, high school, and the university in the city.

And there was a place on Sussex Drive Sussex Drive is where the Prime Minister's house is, right below Parliament Hill , and there was a little club there called Le Hibou, which in French means 'the owl.

I actually jammed behind Muddy Waters. Leary left the drum kit one night, and Muddy said 'anybody out there play drums? I don't have a drummer. He said 'keep that beat going, you make Muddy feel good. Many, many times I saw Howlin' Wolf. So I was exposed to all of these players, playing there as part of this scene to service the academic community in Ottawa, a very well-educated community.

Had I lived in a different town I don't think that this would have happened, because it was just the confluence of educated government workers, and then also all the colleges in the area, Ottawa University , Carleton, and all the schools—these people were interested in blues culture.

In their first album, Briefcase Full of Blues , Aykroyd and Belushi featured three well-known Downchild songs closely associated with Hock Walsh's vocal style: Belushi's budding interest in the blues solidified in October when he was in Eugene, Oregon , filming National Lampoon's Animal House. After the show, Belushi and Salgado talked about the blues for hours. Belushi found Salgado's enthusiasm infectious. In an interview at the time with the Eugene Register-Guard , he said: I was growing sick of rock and roll , it was starting to bore me I hadn't heard much blues before.

In an interview with Crawdaddy magazine, he added: I couldn't stop playing the stuff!!! I bought hundreds of records and singles I walked around playing that shit all the time. I said Woman, you going to walk a mile for a Camel or are you going to make like Mr. She said, that all depends on what you're packing, regular or king-size.

Band formation With the help of pianist-arranger Paul Shaffer , Belushi and Aykroyd started assembling a collection of studio talents to form their own band. Belushi wanted a powerful trumpet player and a hot blues guitarist, so Juilliard -trained trumpeter Alan Rubin was brought in, as was guitarist Matt Murphy , who had performed with many blues legends. Their style was fresh and in many ways, different from prevailing musical trends: A very raw and "live" sound compared to the increasing use of sound synthesis and vocal-dominated music of the late s and 80s.

The band could be drawn into three sections: The sound of the band was a synthesis of two different traditions: The success of this meld was due both to Shaffer's arrangements and to the musicians' talents. In Stories Behind the Making of The Blues Brothers, a documentary included on some DVD editions of the first Blues Brothers film, Cropper noted that some of his peers thought that he and the other musicians backing the Blues Brothers were selling out to Hollywood or using a gimmick to make some quick money.

Cropper responded by stating that he thought Belushi was as good as or even better than many of the singers he had backed; he also noted that Belushi had, early in his career, briefly been a professional drummer, and had an especially keen sense of rhythm. The album liner notes fleshed out the fictional back story of Jake and Elwood, and learning the blues from a janitor named Curtis. Their blood brotherhood was sealed by cutting their middle fingers with a string said to come from the guitar of Elmore James.

With the film, came the soundtrack album , which was the band's first studio album. The tour also led to a third album and second live album , Made in America , recorded at the Universal Amphitheatre in The track "Who's Making Love" peaked at No It was the last recording the band would make with Belushi's Jake Blues. Private , that further fleshed out the Blues Brothers' universe and gave a back story for the first movie. In , Best of the Blues Brothers was released, with a previously unreleased track, a version of The Soul Survivors ' "Expressway to Your Heart", and alternate live recordings of " Everybody Needs Somebody to Love " and "Rubber Biscuit"; this album would be the first of several compilations and hits collections issued over the years.

Briefcase recordings, originally available only as the b-side to the "Soul Man" 45 rpm single. On March 5, , John Belushi died in Hollywood of an accidental overdose of heroin and cocaine. The copyright owners have also authorized some copycat acts to perform under the Blues Brothers name; one such act performs regularly at the Universal Studios Florida theme park in Orlando, Florida and Universal Studios Hollywood. In the Band collaborated with the Italian singer Zucchero Fornaciari , who had been invited to the event in memory of the 46th John Belushi's birthday.

After a concert together, they registered the videoclip of the famous Zucchero song "Per Colpa Di Chi? In , an animated sitcom with Jake and Elwood was planned, but scrapped after only eight episodes were produced. The performance was preceded with a faux news report stating the Blues Brothers had escaped custody and were on their way to the Louisiana Superdome.

Aykroyd has continued to be an active proponent of blues music and parlayed this avocation into foundation and partial ownership of the House of Blues franchise, a national chain of nightclubs. In Italy the franchise is now owned by Zucchero, who used the brand during the tour promoting his album Black Cat of Live from House of Blues with Dan Aykroyd.

Jim would later reunite with Aykroyd to record yet another album, not as the Blues Brothers but as themselves: The musical was written and composed with approval and permission from both the John Belushi estate including his widow, Judith Belushi-Pisano and Dan Aykroyd.

The Original Blues Brothers Band tours the world regularly. The only original members still in the band are Steve Cropper and Lou Marini. They are occasionally joined by Eddie Floyd.

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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. Today they are no longer an authentic blues act, but have managed to become a viable commercial product.

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