It was on April 22, 1978, that Elwood and “Joilet” Jake Blues showed off their talents to the world as musical guests on Saturday Night Live: two men with a mission from God and a never-ending desire to belt out the blues. Their origins began in the Holland Tunnel Blues Bar in NYC where their alter egos, Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi, would host post after parties for the cast of SNL. The pair developed their connection to music in a sketch “Killer Bees,” where Belushi sang and Aykroyd played the harmonica. The sketch featured Howard Shore and His All-Bee Band, and it was later that Shore (who was the SNL musical director at the time) would suggest the name The Blues Brothers to the pair.
That foundation would lead to a 1980s film directed by John Landis, featuring the most legendary of jazz legends like Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, and James Brown. A not-so-successful sequel premiered in 1998.