1980, The Blues Brothers film starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd premiered in Chicago. The film also featured Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Cab Calloway and Ray Charles in the role of a streetwise storeowner.
This band fo rthe movie and later reviews was made up of a truly all-star cast
· "Joliet" Jake E. Blues (John Belushi) – lead vocals
· Donald "Duck" Dunn – bass guitar (of Booker T & the M.G.'s)
· "Blue" Lou Marini – saxophone (SNL Band and formerly Blood, Sweat & Tears)
· Alan "Mr. Fabulous" Rubin – trumpet (SNL Band)
· Steve "Getdwa" Jordan – drums, percussion (SNL Band) (does not appear in movie)
The typical big-budget movie gets booked into about 1,400 theaters. The Blues Brothers gets about 600 bookings. This, coupled with frequently heckling reviews—“a ponderous comic monstrosity,” The Washington Post calls it—spells epic disaster.
The Blues Brothers, having exceeded its $17.5 million budget by $10 million, is needlessly long and clearly flawed. In New York, Belushi drives from theater to theater, gauging audiences. Aykroyd watches the movie in a theater in Times Square.
He detects laughter.
The Blues Brothers makes $115 million, becoming one of Universal’s most enduring hits and by far its greatest farce.
For a great inside looke at the making of this epic flick check: http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2013/01/making-of-blues-brothers-budget-for-cocaine