The Blues Brothers.
1978 - Briefcase Full Of Blues.
1980 - The Blues Brothers.
more The Blues Brothers.
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November 28, 1978 - 2023: 45 years of: Briefcase Full Of Blues.

Before the godly mission.

From an NBC Saturday Night Live sketch, to actual on the road sex, drugs and rocknroll fun. Here's the debut-LP from the improbable adventure of TV-comedians turned into Holy rebels ...THE BLUES BROTHERS !

Performing hot rhymnblues cut in the veins of Floyd Dixon's "Hey Bartender", Junior Wells's "Messin' With The Kid" and Sam & Dave's slick "Soul Man". Both Big Joe Turner's "Flip, Flop & Fly" and Downchild Blues Band's "(I Got Everything I Need) Almost" get's a B12-shot ...all sandwiched between Otis Redding's instant crowd-mover: the ultimate bass-line of "I Can't Turn You Loose".

This lovely carnage was recorded live in L.A. all under the musical eagle-eye of Paul Schaffer, the motley crew then ravaged America with pure blues-bar energy.

RIAA-certified 2x Platinum, the vibe and groove was a killer cool, during the disco takeover of the turn of the decade. Our strapping young lads are set and would receive their divine commands and change the course of pop-culture with 1980's full-length God given epic movie: The Blues Brothers.

Briefcase Full Of Blues = full LP
Live in San Francisco in 1978

June 20, 1980 - 2020: 40 years of: The Blues Brothers.

"We're on a mission from God."

When real-life friendship turns into a full-fledge movie. SNL cast-made BLUES BROTHERS band is the rhythm & blues piledriver the late 70s desperately needed to keep the beat in check. Not only a made for TV sketch, but a real touring rock-band that happened to make a feature film. A full 360° franchise, as the movie spawned a cult-status following with merchandise, an eventual sequel and later became the groundworks for the House Of Blues club-houses.

John Belushi and real-life buddy Dan Aykroyd are the "brothers" that reunites after Jake Blues's penitentiary obligations and then reunites the band to gather money to save their native Calumet City orphanage. Yet their old hooligan-ways rapidly catches-up, always a step behind their every move. One by one the band is put back on track and gigs around, until the Illinois State Troopers crashes the final jam.

One gravity defying cast-member is made of steel, the electric 1974 black and white Dodge Monaco Police Pack, the infamous: Bluesmobile. When you thought Detroit's best 7.2L V8-machinery couldn't get tougher and louder, watch in awe as this God-sent sedan jump bridges, stomp Nazis, wrecks a shopping-mall and eludes the entire Chicago Police Department. Behind the wheel, the tall man in black with the sunglasses, the very first motorhead: Elwood Blues ...the sole reason this writer is a cop-car enthusiast and driver.

Cinematography's best - scene - ever !!!

This bigger than life movie fits into many categories: music, humor and religion ? …well maybe not per say, but if the holy divine musical lineup of Cab Calloway, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles and John Lee Hooker doesn't make you groove, sadly nothing will !

Written by Aykroyd and produced by John Landis, the latter would go on to produce the world's biggest music-video of all-time, the mini-movie from the biggest artist known to mankind: Michael Jackson's Thriller. Production-wise hundreds of mangled squad-cars and gazillions of dollars in both city and state property-damage have pilled-up, all of this initially because of a single yellow-light passage ...yet it did put good ol' Chicago back on the map.

After the hype of the movie-release, Belushi was sadly found dead of an overdose at L.A.'s Chateau Marmont. At the time, Aykroyd with Belushi in mind, was in writing-mode into what did become his other classic-signature: 1984's timeless Ghostbusters !

"Are you the Police ?"
"No Ma'am, we're musicians."

RIP John Belushi (1949-1982)
RIP Cab Calloway (1907-1994)
RIP John Candy (1950-1994)
RIP Kathleen Freeman (1919-2001)
RIP John Lee Hooker (1912-2001)
RIP Jeff Morris (1934-2004)
RIP Ray Charles (1930-2004)
RIP James Brown (1933-2006)
RIP Henry Gibson (1935-2009)
RIP Alan "Mr. Fabulous" Rubin (1943-2011)
RIP Charles Napier (1936-2011)
RIP Donald "Duck" Dunn (1941-2012)
RIP Carrie Fisher (1956-2016)
RIP Matt "Guitar" Murphy (1929-2018)
RIP Aretha Franklin (1942-2018)

James Brown's music scene
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Aretha Franklin's music scene
Ray Charles's music scene
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Interview in 1980
Filming location 1
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Dan Aykroyd remembering John Belushi in 2012

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