Blues Brothers (blues/soul revivalist band)

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The Blues Brothers were Jake and Elwood Blues, as protrayed by John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. The Blues Brothers Band refers to the entire band musicians, of which there are dozens. The band has played in different combinations for different venues, including the two Blues Brothers films, several studio albums and a number of live and compilation releases.

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The Blues Brothers, more formally called The Blues Brothers' Show Band and Revue, are an American blues and rhythm and blues revivalist band founded in 1978 by comedy actors Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi as part of a musical sketch on Saturday Night Live. Belushi and Aykroyd, in character as lead vocalist "Joliet Jake" Blues (named after Joliet Prison) and harmonica player/backing vocalist Elwood Blues (named after the Elwood Ordnance Plant, which made TNT and grenades during World War II), fronted the band, which was composed of well-known and respected musicians. The Blues Brothers first appeared on Saturday Night Live on January 17, 1976. The band made its second appearance as the musical guest on the April 22, 1978 episode of Saturday Night Live. They would make their third and final appearance on November 18, 1978.

The band began to take on a life beyond television, releasing an album, Briefcase Full of Blues, in 1978, and then having a Hollywood film, The Blues Brothers, created around its characters in 1980.

After the death of Belushi in 1982, the Blues Brothers continued to perform with a rotation of guest singers and band members. They reformed in 1988 for a world tour and in 1998 for a sequel film, Blues Brothers 2000. They make regular appearances at musical festivals worldwide.

On August 31, 2011, it was announced that Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi's widow Judith Belushi Pisano were pitching a new Blues Brothers TV series to primetime networks.

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Discography

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1981 Best of the Blues Brothers Compilation Blues Brothers 5
1988 Everybody Needs Blues Brothers Compilation Blues Brothers 1
1992 The Definitive Collection Compilation Blues Brothers 3 2
1995 The Very Best of the Blues Brothers Compilation Blues Brothers 2 1
1998 The Blues Brothers: Complete Compilation Blues Brothers 4
2000 The Definitive Blues Brothers Collection Compilation Blues Brothers 1
American Music Legends: Blues Brothers Compilation Blues Brothers 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1977 Briefcase Full of Blues Live Blues Brothers 5 7
1981 Made in America Live Blues Brothers 2 3

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1980 The Blues Brothers Soundtrack Blues Brothers 3.5 9

Single

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1980 Gimme Some Lovin’ Blues Brothers 2
1981 Rubber Biscuit Blues Brothers 1
1990 Everybody Needs Somebody to Love / Think The Blues Brothers 1
1990 Soul Man Blues Brothers 1
1990 Think Blues Brothers 1

Other

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2002 Take the Lead Blues Brothers 1

Soundtrack

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1998 Blues Brothers 2000 Soundtrack Blues Brothers 4

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