The Blues Brothers

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American blues and soul revivalist band founded in 1978 by comedians Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi as part of a musical sketch on Saturday Night Live.

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The Blues Brothers (film)

1980 American musical comedy film directed by John Landis.

Theatrical release poster
Reproduction of the "Bluesmobile" at Rusty's TV & Movie Car Museum, Jackson, Tennessee
The Bluesmobile races through the mall while being chased by state troopers.
Richard J. Daley Center is Chicago's premier civic center and features a massive sculpture by Pablo Picasso.

It stars John Belushi as "Joliet" Jake Blues and Dan Aykroyd as his brother Elwood, characters developed from the recurring musical sketch "The Blues Brothers" on NBC variety series Saturday Night Live.

John Belushi

American comedian, actor, and musician, best known for being one of the seven original cast members of the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live (SNL).

Belushi in 1976
Belushi as a senior at Wheaton Central High School (1967)
Belushi on a 2008 stamp of Albania
Belushi's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

He also pursued interests in music, creating with Aykroyd, Lou Marini, Tom Malone, Steve Cropper, Donald "Duck" Dunn, Paul Shaffer, and The Blues Brothers, which led to the successful film of the same name.

Sam & Dave

American soul and R&B duo who performed together from 1961 until 1981.

Sam & Dave in 1967
Sam & Dave in 1966

The Blues Brothers, who helped create a resurgence of popularity for soul, R&B, and blues in the 1980s, were influenced by Sam & Dave – their biggest hit was a cover of "Soul Man", and their act and stage show contained many homages to the duo.

Dan Aykroyd

Canadian actor, comedian, producer, musician and writer.

Aykroyd in 2009
Aykroyd (right) on the set of The Great Outdoors, 1987
Dan Aykroyd in 1982
Bottle of Crystal Head vodka
Aykroyd's star on Canada's Walk of Fame

He performed with his friend John Belushi in a musical sketch on SNL, the Blues Brothers, which they turned into an actual performing band and then featured in the 1980 film The Blues Brothers.

Howard Shore

Canadian composer and conductor noted for his film scores.

Shore in 2013
Shore at a press conference for The Lord of the Rings in Wellington, New Zealand, 2003

Shore also suggested the name for The Blues Brothers to Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi.

Blues Brothers 2000

1998 American musical comedy film which is a sequel to the 1980 film The Blues Brothers, written and produced by John Landis and Dan Aykroyd.

Theatrical release poster

Against Stigmata's advice, Elwood tracks down Cabel at the police headquarters, to inform him of his real father, and to ask him to join The Blues Brothers Band, which he plans on reforming.

Steve Cropper

American guitarist, songwriter and record producer.

Cropper performing in 2008
Steve Cropper in concert, 1990
Steve Cropper at the Hamar Music Festival, 2007
Cropper toured Australia with Guy Sebastian, playing on Sebastian's The Memphis Album tour in March 2008

He was later a member of the Blues Brothers band.

Tom Malone (musician)

American jazz musician, arranger, and producer.

Tom "Bones" Malone at the 2019 Piney Woods Picnic south of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, photo by Rob Walker/Walker Photo Works

He has been a member of The Blues Brothers, Saturday Night Live Band, and the CBS Orchestra, the house band for the Late Show with David Letterman.

Lou Marini

American saxophonist, arranger, and composer.

Marini at the 2007 Hamar Music Festival in Hamar, Hedmark, Norway
Left to right: Lou Marini, Ray Reach, and Ernie Stires at a reception following a Carnegie Hall concert, 2004

He is best known for his work in jazz, rock, blues, and soul music, as well as his association with The Blues Brothers.

Paul Shaffer

Canadian singer, composer, actor, author, comedian, and multi-instrumentalist who served as David Letterman's musical director, band leader, and sidekick on the entire run of both Late Night with David Letterman (1982–1993) and Late Show with David Letterman (1993–2015).

Shaffer in 2000

Shaffer occasionally teamed up with the Not Ready for Prime-Time Players off the show, as well, including work on Gilda Radner's highly successful Broadway show and as the musical director for John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd whenever they recorded or performed as the Blues Brothers.