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Matt "Guitar" Murphy

4rnJc9TMost knew him from his turn with The Blues Brothers, as the ax-wielding, guitarist husband of Aretha Franklin (and that sensational song "Think").

But, he was so much more. In the late 1940s, he played with Howlin Wolf; in the early 1950s, with Ike Turner. He played with Memphis Slim, Chuck Berry, Koko Taylor, Buddy Guy, Etta James, Otis Rush and James Cotton. It was a show with Cotton that caught the attention of John Belushi and Dan Akyroyd, who asked Matt to join the Blues Brothers Band. And, the rest was history.

On this Music Friday, we say farewell to this incredible talent by going back to his roots and an early recording with Memphis Slim and Willie Dixon and "Matt's Guitar Boogie."

Boogie on, sweet prince.

         

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