The Blues Brothers

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Eligible since: 2003 (The 2004 Induction Ceremony)

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Will The Blues Brothers be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


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Talent deserves the recognition it demands BUT, The Blues Brothers were nothing more than a gathering of musicians, actors and extras to create a marketable product: 'money-making-movie'

Posted by Anthony Armstrong on Wednesday, 05.23.07 @ 22:10pm

actually they weren't just a "money-machine", 'cause they started as a real band (and that's what they are!), and they made very good blues tunes...
then, they've become a cult! Blues Brothers can't be let out of the Hall, they're history.

Posted by Slask on Thursday, 05.24.07 @ 16:45pm

The Blues Brothers were many peoples first introduction to the world of the blues. Since I first heard them (on SNL) I have branched out into an appreciation for the greats of blues: Elmore James, Muddy Waters, Johnny Winter, etc. Just for this alone the deserve to be inducted.

Posted by Dick Weed on Monday, 10.1.07 @ 02:09am

You make a good point that is often overlooked, Mr. Weed. Belushi especially struggled to get the act recognized as more than an SNL skit, he really took the music seriously and wanted to be a true blues band. I do not think they are Hall-worthy, but they should also be genuinely respected. The material is actually pretty damn good in its own right, and more importantly, they purposely tried to promote the real and forgotten (at the time) blues artists. If anything, they tried to be ambassadors for the blues to the younger generation, and as you said, they really tried to lead listeners to the source. But, since they essentially were a very good cover band, they really do not deserve induction. They do deserve more respect than they get. RIP Jake.

Posted by Dezmond on Monday, 10.1.07 @ 08:02am

'Briefcase Full of Blues' is a damn fine album (and sold like 9 million copies). Due, however, to the connections to SNL & the movies, they will never get in, IMO.

Posted by Paul in KY on Tuesday, 05.13.08 @ 12:34pm

Lead and Bass guitarist Steve Cropper and Donald "Duck" Dunn are already in the RRHOF as members of the seminal Stax Records band Booker T. and The M.G.'s. "Green Onions".

Posted by Joe-Skee on Tuesday, 05.13.08 @ 17:17pm

The Blues Brothers

Matt "Guitar" Murphy
Steve Cropper
Tom "Bones" Malone
Tom Scott
Paul Shaffer
Dan Aykroyd
John Belushi
Donald "Duck" Dunn
Willie Hall
Lou Marini
Alan Rubin
Steve Jordan

The Billboard 200 Albums Chart

01. 1979 - # 1 - Briefcase Full Of Blues
02. 1980 - # 13 - The Blues Brothers
03. 1981 - # 49 - Made In America
04. 1982 - # 143 - Best Of The Blues Brothers
05. 1997 - # 4 - Blues Brothers & Friends: Live from House of Blues
06. 2005 - # 12 - Gimme Some Lovin' & Other Hits

The Billboard 100 Singles Chart

01. 1979 - # 37 - Rubber Biscuit
02. 1979 - # 14 - Soul Man
03. 1980 - # 18 - Gimme Some Lovin'
04. 1980 - # 39 - Think/Peter Gunn
05. 1981 - # 39 - Who's Making Love

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 03.18.10 @ 09:56am

RIP, Donald "Duck" Dunn

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Sunday, 05.13.12 @ 10:14am

It was the Blues Brothers that got me into the Blues. I was suprised to find out how many Rock songs were ripped off from Blues artist without giving them credit. Willie Dixon set up a foundation to help Blues artist get recognition for their stolen songs. the Blues Brothers gave full credit to the artist whose material they performed and it bothers me to see these rip-off artist in the RRHOF while the Blues Brothers are not even considered for induction.

Their version of Sweet Home Chicago became the standard and is unofficial song of Chicago. Jim Belushi and Dan were involved in creating The House of Blues. I have a feeling that the Blues Brothers have more tribute bands and impersonators than the Beatles. They may not surpass Elvis imitators but I heard a rumor that they travel in packs. They came out in the middle of Disco Sucks and were a reminder that it is the Blues that brings us all together.

Posted by Zuzu on Tuesday, 12.30.14 @ 19:12pm

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