Matt 'Guitar' Murphy - Guitarist

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In the history of blues players, there are many great and imaginative nicknames. Huddie Leadbetter became known as Leadbelly, there were countless Blinds such as Blind Willie McTell and Rice Miller took over the moniker of Sonny Boy Williamson from another harmonica pioneer. Into this world of names like Gatemouth and Memphis Slim, Matt Murphy was dubbed 'Guitar'.

Matt was in Sunflower, Mississippi on December 27, 1929. As a child me moved to Memphis and picked up the guitar at the age of 13. While there he played with Howlin' Wolf, Little Junior Parker, Ike Turner and Bobby 'Blue' Bland.

Memphis Slim persuded Murphy to move up to Chicago in 1952 to play in his band.

When John Belushi was putting together a band for the Blues Brothers, he consuled Doc Pomus, a blues songwriter. Doc said that the 'the best living blues guitar player' was Matt 'Guitar' Murphy. Murphy was hired almost straight away.

Much of the Blues Brother's music was based around Murphy's lead guitar. He featured in both movies, in each one he gave up the business he was running with on screen with Aretha Franklin, taking off with hapless employee Lou Marini to join back up with the band.

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