12 Dec

The Blues Brothers – Briefcase Full of Blues

The Blues Brothers - Briefcase Full of Blues
I love the Blues Brothers. I think that it is one of the greatest movies, especially musical movies ever. Most everyone knows that John Belushi and Dan Akroyd started the Blues Brothers on Saturday Night Live.

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Ye, if you look closely, you’ll see that the pianist is Paul Schaffer from Late Night with David Letterman. Just about everyone from the movie is from the Saturday Night Live Band.

What most people don’t know is that the Blues Brothers put out an album before the movie. It was called Briefcase Full of Blues. Here is one of the best songs on the album, Rubber Biscuit.

The following is the very first incarnation of the Blues Brothers, and is included for no other reason except that I was in Chicago last week and saw a guy sing this song. He was a great singer, but was a real spaz.

A quick history comes from Wikipedia;

The genesis of the Blues Brothers was a January 17, 1976 Saturday Night Live skit. In it, “Howard Shore and his All-Bee Band” play the Slim Harpo song “I’m a King Bee,” with Belushi singing and Aykroyd playing harmonica, dressed in the bee costumes they wore for the “Killer Bees” sketch.

Following tapings of SNL, it was popular among cast members and the weekly hosts to attend Aykroyd’s Holland Tunnel Blues bar, which he had rented not long after joining the cast mainly for the purpose of parking his Harley Davidson motorcycle. The bar cost less than a parking spot.[citation needed] Dan and John filled a jukebox with songs from many different artists such as Sam and Dave and punk band The Viletones. John bought an amplifier and they kept some musical instruments there for anyone who wanted to jam. It was here that Dan wrote a lot of the initial story draft of the Blues Brothers movie, better known as the “tome” because it contained so many pages.

It was also at the bar that Aykroyd introduced Belushi to the blues. Even though Belushi was from Chicago he was not familiar with such music. An interest soon became a fascination and it wasn’t long before the two began singing with local blues bands. Jokingly, SNL band leader Howard Shore suggested they call themselves “The Blues Brothers.”

Belushi’s budding interest in the blues solidified in October 1977 when he was in Eugene, Oregon, filming National Lampoon’s Animal House. He went to a local hotel to hear 25-year-old blues singer/harmonica player Curtis Salgado. After the show, Belushi and Salgado talked about the blues for hours. Belushi found Salgado’s enthusiasm infectious. In an interview at the time with the Eugene Register-Guard he said:

I was growing sick of rock and roll, it was starting to bore me…and I hated disco, so I needed some place to go. I hadn’t heard much blues before. It felt good.

Salgado lent him some albums by Floyd Dixon, Charles Brown, Johnny “Guitar” Watson, and others. Belushi was hooked.

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