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, formally, variously The Blues Brothers' Show Band and Revue and The Blues Brothers' Rhythm and Blues Revue, are an American blues and rhythm and blues revivalist band founded in 1976 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 made 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.

Since the death of Belushi in 1982, the Blues Brothers have continued to perform with a rotating cast of guest singers and musicians. 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.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2003 The Essentials Blues Brothers 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1981 Best of the Blues Brothers Blues Brothers 6
1988 Everybody Needs Blues Brothers Blues Brothers 1
1992 The Definitive Collection Blues Brothers 3 3
1995 The Very Best of the Blues Brothers Blues Brothers 2 1
1998 The Blues Brothers: Complete Blues Brothers 4
2000 The Definitive Blues Brothers Collection Blues Brothers 1
American Music Legends: Blues Brothers Blues Brothers 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1978 Briefcase Full of Blues Blues Brothers 5 7
1981 Made in America Blues Brothers 2 3
1996 Live on New Year’s Eve Blues Brothers 1
1978-12-31: The Closing of Winterland: Winterland Arena, San Francisco, CA, USA Blues Brothers 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1980 The Blues Brothers The Blues Brothers 3.5 11


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
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


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2002 Take the Lead Blues Brothers 1

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