The Blues Brothers

28 May

Mr. D received one of the BEST presents he’s ever been given, this weekend. #2 son came to visit and brought along a belated birthday present for Mr. D. Knowing that his father is a big Blues Brothers’ fan and the fact that he’s asked specifically for it for about four years, #2 managed to get a “relation” to paint this wonderful painting.


The artist is Tony Mose. We are extremely excited to now have a one-of-a-kind commissioned painting by Tony. Of course, #2 just moved way up on the inheritance scale. In recognition of our wonderful new art and Mr. D’s mini-obsession, here’s a dossier on The Blues Brothers.

First, if you haven’t watched this movie lately, do yourself a favor and rent it this week. Of course, the story line is totally irrelevant but the music is in a word….superb. So many great artists and so many great scenes. The “Bluesmobile” is particularly memorable.


As we follow Jake and Elwood on their “mission from God” to save St. Helen of The Blessed Shroud for “The Penguin”, we get to visit with Ray Charles, Cab Calloway, Aretha Franklin, John Lee Hooker and the Godfather of Soul hisself, James Brown and be thoroughly entertained by some of the funniest scenes of any movie.

I especially enjoy the “Rawhide” Scene:

as well as this beauty towards the end:

The movie ended up spawning a hit album for Jake and Elwood Blues, titled Briefcase Full of Blues.


Track Listing:

  1. “Opening: I Can’t Turn You Loose” (Redding) – 1:50
  2. “Hey Bartender” (Dixon) – 3:01
  3. “Messin’ With the Kid” (London) – 3:35
    • Originally by Junior Wells
  4. “(I Got Everything I Need) Almost” (Walsh) – 2:50
    • Originally recorded by Toronto’s Downchild Blues Band
  5. “Rubber Biscuit” (Johnson, Levy) – 2:57
    • Originally recorded by The Chips
  6. “Shot Gun Blues” (Walsh) – 5:23
    • Also by Downchild Blues Band
  7. “Groove Me” (Floyd) – 3:46
  8. “I Don’t Know” (Mabon) – 4:14
  9. “Soul Man” (Hayes, Porter) – 3:28
  10. “‘B’ Movie Box Car Blues” (McClinton) – 4:08
  11. “Flip, Flop & Fly” (Calhoun, Turner) – 3:38
  12. “Closing: I Can’t Turn You Loose” (Redding) – 0:51

Although not shown in the movie, Rubber Biscuit became a much loved Blues Brothers’ hit.

and, here’s a rare “live” performance of The Blues Brothers shortly before Belushi’s death in 1980 :

Ackroyd sure blows a mean harp….The Blues Brothers are one of those engimatic symbols of a “time” and a generation. I think it’s summed up best by the Blues Brothers themselves….

Good. Stuff.


11 responses to “The Blues Brothers

  1. morewines

    May 29, 2007 at 12:02 am

    Blues Bothers is one of my favorite movies.
    Have to pull this DVD off the shelf and
    watch it again. The Sound track is great.

  2. shrewspeaks

    May 29, 2007 at 8:40 am

    So many call them a sham…not real…however, it was their profound love for this kind of music that brought together the greatest blues band…Chicago and Memphis Guitars with NYC based horns…smokin’ hot.

  3. brc

    May 29, 2007 at 9:17 am

    Blues Brothers Yaaaayyyyyyy!

    Being a Chicagoan, this movie is near and dear to my heart. I’m sure I’ve seen it at least a dozen times. The music is UNFRICKINBELIEVABLE!

    Aretha is amazing in this film. One of my favorites from the movie is “Think.”

    Now THAT’S a chick with attitude!

  4. brc

    May 29, 2007 at 9:21 am

    Oh, I forgot… Tony’s gift to Mr. D is WAY COOL!

  5. music maven

    May 29, 2007 at 9:22 am

    Just FYI…when I have bolded, gold fonts, those are links. The Aretha “THINK” YouTube is linked above in the post…as are Ray, Hooker,etc. Just wanted to make sure that folks aren’t missing some of these.

  6. music maven

    May 29, 2007 at 9:28 am

    I think this movie was such a hit because of:

    1.) The music.

    2.) The plot of blatant rebellion against authority.

    Joliet Jake and Elwood Blues are ICONS, now. They represent an attitude and a spirit while recognizing powerful “soul” music, as well as “blues”.

    I am always a little surprised at the vast talent of Dan Ackroyd. While Belushi was the front man for quite a few of their escapades, the true talent lies with Ackroyd. That dude has it going on. A great actor and comedian, a competent musician and business man (think House of Blues — yes, it’s his franchise), AND he is married to Donna Dixon (still).

  7. brc

    May 29, 2007 at 10:26 am

    Thanks. Didn’t realize the gold words were links.

    Mr. D’s new painting reminds me of the folk art all over the House of Blues.

  8. Cahaba Lily

    May 29, 2007 at 11:10 am

    I loved the Blues Brothers. Silly, campy movie I know, but what would anyone expect from a movie derived from an SNL skit? I had the album too. I still sing “Hey Bartender” from time to time.

  9. shrewspeaks

    May 29, 2007 at 6:30 pm

    The amazing thing was they had the number one selling Blues album of all time.

  10. pezcita

    January 26, 2015 at 1:23 am

    I’ve never heard of Tony Mose, but his style is so colorful and original. I love that patterned background – a really bold touch. My own piece of Blues Brothers fan art isn’t as striking, but you still might like it:


    July 10, 2016 at 10:33 am

    If you are looking for some genuine Super Cool Blues Brothers memorabilia my Ebay, a great piece of art is going up for auction starting today, 7-8-2016 at 5:00 pm Pacific Time. Auction will run for 10 days.
    If you don’t feel safe clicking on the link that I am sending with this mail then just go to Ebay and search out;
    Blues Brothers Record Store Painting 6ft x 6ft.
    I think you will find it to be a super original piece and hope you like it and will tell your friends.



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