Matt “Guitar” Murphy, best known as the guitarist for the Blues Brothers, has died according to Rolling Stone. He was 88 years old. Murphy was also a sideman for the most well-known blues musicians like Howlin’ Wolf, Memphis Slim, Muddy Waters, James Cotton, and others.
He was born in Mississippi and raised in Memphis where him and his brother Floyd became icons in the city’s blues scene where they played sidemen, until Murphy was recruited for the Blues Brothers by Dan Ackroyd and John Belushi. He starred in the 1980 comedy and the sequel Blues Brothers 2000 (1998), where he was Aretha Franklin’s husband. He recorded solo albums as well.