Matt "Guitar" Murphy, a renowned blues guitarist who played with the Blues Brothers and jammed with musical heavyweights Muddy Waters, Etta James and Chuck Berry, died Friday. He was 88.
A bluesman throughout his life, Murphy rose to fame when he joined the band founded by comedians Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi in 1978 as part of a musical sketch on "Saturday Night Live."
Murphy went on to appear in the 1980 film "The Blues Brothers" and its 1998 sequel "Blues Brothers 2000" as the husband of a cafe owner played by Aretha Franklin.
The musician, who was born in Sunflower, Miss., on Dec. 29, 1929, continued performing with the Blues Brothers until the early 2000s when he suffered a stroke.
"He was a strong man that lived a long long fruitful life that poured his heart out in every guitar solo he took," wrote Matt Murphy Jr., who played with his uncle. "The master is upstairs now."
Aykroyd called Murphy "immensely talented" in his own Facebook post. "The Blues Brothers would not have been what they were without Matt's playing power, stage magnetism and knowledge of music."
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