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Matt Murphy – Murphy’s Boogie

Matt “Guitar” Murphy 

Matt Murphy is an American blues guitarist that has always been a “Blues Brother”.  Born in Sunflower Mississippi and later going to school in Memphis, this is where he first learns to play guitar.  In 1948, he moves to Chicago where he teams up with the Howlin’ Wolf’s Band as well as making a living playing guitar with other known Chicago artists.  

American Folk Blues Festival

In 1963, Murphy joins Willie Dixon, Memphis Slim, and Billy Stepney on the “American Folk Blues Festival” tour of Europe.  While in Europe he gave a memorable performance with Murphy’s Guitar Boogie. Furthermore, this is where a lot of blues artists at the time, got their notoriety and opportunities.  This is where this video is from.

In the 1970s, Murphy associated with harmonica player James Cotton, recording over six albums. Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi attended one of their performances and asked Murphy to join the touring band of “The Blues Brothers”. Murphy appeared in the films The Blues Brothers (1980) and Blues Brothers 2000 (1998), playing the husband of Aretha Franklin. He performed with the Blues Brothers Band until the early 2000s. He is considered one of the most respected sidemen in the blues. Unlike many sidemen, however, he cut very few records on his own, and it wasn’t until 1990 that he released his first album, “Way Down South”.  He passed into blues heaven in 2018. 

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