A Tribute to Matt ‘Guitar’ Murphy

A Tribute to Matt ‘Guitar’ Murphy

Matt Tyler Murphy, better known as Matt ‘Guitar’ Murphy, passed away on 15th June 2018 according to his nephew Floyd Murphy Jnr.

Matt was born in Sunflower, Mississippi in 1929. A self-taught guitarist, he original played a mix of up-scale Jazz and Blues. He later moved to Chicago where he joined the Howlin’ Wolf Band. He would go on to play with other world famous musicians including Muddy Waters, Etta James and Chuck Berry.

Famous for playing the part of Matt ‘Guitar’ Murphy in the 1980 film The Blues Brothers, Matt starred next to Dan Ackroyd and the late John Belushi, and played the part of the Aretha Franklin’s husband. There is a particular scene in the film where Jake and Elwood come to take Matt away to rejoin the band; and Aretha was less than impressed!

“And you ain’t playing any more two-bit, sleazy dives!” – Aretha Franklin, The Blues Brothers

In 1990, Matt released his own album “Way down South“.

In 2002, Matt Murphy suffered a stoke, but he returned to the music circuit once again in 2005 and continued playing right up until his death.

You can read a full interview with Matt here.

Floyd Murphy Jnr wrote a fitting tribute to his uncle // Credit: Facebook

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