The Blues Brothers are an 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. Belushi and Aykroyd fronted the band, in character, respectively, as lead vocalist ‘Joliet’ Jake Blues and harmonica player/vocalist Elwood Blues. The band was composed of well-known musicians, and debuted as the musical guest in a 1978 episode of Saturday Night Live, opening the show performing “Hey Bartender”, and later “Soul Man”.
In 1978, the band released their debut album, Briefcase Full of Blues, and opened for the Grateful Dead at the closing of Winterland Arena in San Francisco. They gained further notoriety after spawning a Hollywood comedy film in 1980, The Blues Brothers.
After Belushi’s death in 1982, the Blues Brothers continued to perform with a rotation of guest singers and other band members. The band reformed in 1988 for a world tour and again in 1998 for a sequel film, Blues Brothers 2000.
Also featuring the Original Blues Brothers Band with new music from 2017
Steven Lee Cropper (born October 21, 1941), also known as “Steve “The Colonel” Cropper”, is an American guitarist, songwriter and record producer. He is the guitarist of the Stax Records house band, Booker T. & the M.G.’s, which backed artists such as Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Carla Thomas, Rufus Thomas and Johnnie Taylor. He also acted as the producer of many of these records. He was later a member of the Blues Brothers band. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him 39th on its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.
This week on Sounds of The 80s we feature music from: Toto, Kenny Loggins, Prince, Dan Fogelberg, Gloria Estefan, Robin Williams, Blues Brothers, Elton John, Billy Joel, Peter Cetera, Alabama, Romeo Void and more . . .
There is no “Shutdown” at RadioMax. Therefore on “Great Soul Performances” tonight at 7PM ET, you’ll hear: Joe Tex, Jackson Five, Five Stairsteps, Jackie Wilson, Dells, Rufus & Chaka Khan, Four Tops, Trammps, Avons, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Timothy Wilson, a cut from the new CD from my surrogate son Kid Kyle, from their acapella album; taken from practice tapes, Sheps, Joel & the Dymensions, Tower of Power (live) and more.
Then following on “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s,” I received so many positive responses about last week’s “1980s Remakes,” we’re doing it again today with songs from artists like: The Impressions, Stephanie Mills, Tierra, Natalie Cole & Peabo Bryson, War, Linda Ronstadt & Aaron Neville, Manhattans, Richard “Dimples” Fields, Larry Graham, Blues Brothers, New Edition and several others. The “80s Remakes” begins at 9PM ET. It’s gonna be exciting this evening when I come your way with “Great Soul Performances” and “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” on RadioMaxMusic.Com. DON’T MISS IT!
Legendary bassist and Booker T. and the MGs member Donald “Duck” Dunn died this morning in Tokyo at the age of 70. Dunn’s death was announced by his friend and fellow MG, guitarist Steve Cropper. “Today I lost my best friend, the world has lost the best guy and bass player to ever live” Cropper wrote on his website. “Duck Dunn died in his sleep Sunday morning May 13 in Tokyo Japan after finishing two shows at the Blue Note Night Club.
In addition to recording and performing with the MGs, Dunn was house bassist at the Stax label in the ’60s and played on an amazing array of soul-pop classics including Aretha Franklin’s “Respect,” Otis Redding’s “Dock of the Bay,” Wilson Pickett’s “In the Midnight Hour,” and Sam and Dave’s “Hold On, I’m Comin’.” By the early ’70s, Dunn had established himself as a much in-demand session musician and would go on to back Rod Stewart, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, and many others. He was also a key member of John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd’s Blues Brothers Band and appeared in John Landis’ 1980 movie The Blues Click here for more