Those attending the Allman Brothers Band concert at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic on April 20, 1979, might have been expecting something special, since the show was being broadcast live on WNEW-FM. And they got, probably, a bigger surprise than they were expecting when John Belushi showed up during the encores to sing the blues standard, “Hey Bartender,” with the group. Belushi reportedly did a cartwheel before he started singing, though that’s not visible in the video below. Belushi had already done his Blues Brothers routine on “Saturday Night Live” a few times at this point, though the hit movie “The Blues Brothers” did not come out until 1980. I’m not sure who that is taking the harmonica solo on this song. If anybody knows, please let me know in the comments section, below. In 1982, Belushi died of a drug overdose. And The Allman Brothers Band is now nearing the end of its long, incredible run; the group has announced that its six shows this month at the Beacon Theatre in New York will be its final concerts. New Jersey is celebrating its 350th birthday this year. And in the 350 Jersey Songs series, we are marking the occasion by posting 350 songs — one a day, for almost a year — that have something to do with the state, its musical history, or both.
By: JAY LUSTIG