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BLUES BROTHERS

WITH ORIGINS IN THE HOLLAND TUNNEL BLUES BAR IN NYC DAN AKROYD AND JOHN BELUSHI BECAME TWO MEN WITH A MISSION FROM GOD AND A NEVER-ENDING DESIRE TO BELT OUT THE BLUES.

IT WAS ON APRIL 22, 1978, THAT ELWOOD AND "JOILET" JAKE BLUES SHOWED OFF THEIR TALENTS TO THE WORLD AS MUSICAL GUESTS ON SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE: TWO MEN WITH A MISSION FROM GOD AND A NEVER-ENDING DESIRE TO BELT OUT THE BLUES.

 

THEIR ORIGINS BEGAN IN THE HOLLAND TUNNEL BLUES BAR IN NYC WHERE THEIR ALTER EGOS, DAN AYKROYD AND JOHN BELUSHI, WOULD HOST POST AFTER PARTIES FOR THE CAST OF SNL.

 

THE PAIR DEVELOPED THEIR CONNECTION TO MUSIC IN A SKETCH "KILLER BEES," WHERE BELUSHI SANG AND AYKROYD PLAYED THE HARMONICA. THE SKETCH FEATURED HOWARD SHORE AND HIS ALL-BEE BAND, AND IT WAS LATER THAT SHORE (WHO WAS THE SNL MUSICAL DIRECTOR AT THE TIME) WOULD SUGGEST THE NAME THE BLUES BROTHERS TO THE PAIR.

THAT FOUNDATION WOULD LEAD TO A 1980S CULT FOLLOWING FILM “THE BLUES BROTHERS” DIRECTED BY JOHN LANDIS, FEATURING THE MOST LEGENDARY OF JAZZ LEGENDS LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN, RAY CHARLES, AND JAMES BROWN.

 “WE'RE SO GLAD TO SEE SO MANY OF YOU LOVELY PEOPLE HERE TONIGHT. AND WE WOULD ESPECIALLY LIKE TO WELCOME ALL THE REPRESENTATIVES OF ILLINOIS'S LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY THAT HAVE CHOSEN TO JOIN US HERE IN THE PALACE HOTEL BALLROOM AT THIS TIME. WE CERTAINLY HOPE YOU ALL ENJOY THE SHOW. AND REMEMBER, PEOPLE, THAT NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE AND WHAT YOU DO TO LIVE, THRIVE AND SURVIVE, THERE'RE STILL SOME THINGS THAT MAKES US ALL THE SAME. YOU. ME. THEM. EVERYBODY. EVERYBODY.” - ELWOOD

BROTHER JAKE