1980: Aretha with Matt Murphy in the movie The Blues Brothers.  He played her guitarist-husband who left their diner to rejoin the Blues Brothers band. 

 Blues master Matt "Guitar: Murphy's recent death at age 88 didn't get the notice it should have, given his visibility in recent decades. Murphy, a veteran musician who gained notice in the film The Blues Brothers as part of their all-star band, was no latecomer to the blues. He was a native of Sunflower, Mississippi (in the Delta), also the birthplace of bluesman Little Milton Campbell and R&B crooner Jerry Butler.

Published in Get Rhythm
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 06:12

Seeger, Dylan and Newport 1965: Myth and Truth

One of the lasting myths regarding Pete Seeger involves his reaction to Bob Dylan's notorious "electric" appearance at the July, 1965 Newport Folk Festival. 

The Cliff Notes version is Dylan, whose latest album Bringing It All Back Home had upset many folk purists with its amplified accompaniment, performed at Newport on July 25 with amplified backing by the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, who played the festival on their own. 

Published in Get Rhythm