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The Blues Brothers Band

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New York, United States (1978 – 1982, 1988 – present)

The Blues Brothers Band are an American rhythm and blues band founded in 1978 by comedians Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi as part of a musical sketch on Saturday Night Live. Belushi and Aykroyd, respectively in character as lead vocalist “Joliet” Jake Blues and harpist/vocalist Elwood Blues, fronted the band, which was composed of well-known and respected musicians. The band made its debut as the musical guest on the April 22, 1978, episode of Saturday Night Live.

The band then began to take on a life beyond the confines of the television screen, 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 have continued to perform with a rotation of guest singers and other band members. The original band reformed in 1988 for a world tour and again in 1998 for a sequel to the film, Blues Brothers 2000. It makes regular appearances at musical festivals worldwide.

While not all members appeared in the original film, the full band included:

* “Joliet Jake” E. Blues – lead vocals
* Elwood J. Blues – harmonica, vocals
* Steve “The Colonel” Cropper – lead/rhythm guitar (former Booker T & the M.G.’s)
* Donald “Duck” Dunn – bass guitar (former Booker T & the M.G.’s)

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