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Matt "Guitar" Murphy

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Matt Murphy is known to the world primarily as a member of the Blues Brothers Band, playing scorching lead guitar alongside Steve Cropper and portraying Aretha Franklin's husband in the film. He had a long and distinguished career as a sideman on the Chicago scene, where he was continually sought out for his sophisticated, soulful playing long before the movie made him a household name to blues fans. His work from the late '50s with pianist Memphis Slim is legendary among guitarists. With Slim, Murphy's playing is a dazzling combination of syncopated rhythms, jaw-droppingly quick picking and harmonically advanced melodies. Aside from the countless other session and sideman gigs that Murphy has done, he was harmonica player James Cotton's band leader for much of the 70s -- a high profile gig that was probably the catalyst for his Blues Brothers "discovery."

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