John Adam Belushi, the son of a Chicago Albanian-American restaurateur in Chicago, once said, "I owe it all to little chocolate donuts". In under a decade, John traveled from the the Second City stage to the stage and airwaves of the National Lampoon and on to the world of Saturday Night Live, Animal House, and ultimately, the multi-media world of the The Blues Brothers. Chevy Chase called him "one of the most intrinsically funny men I have ever known".
The accomplishment of which Belushi was most proud was the imagining and execution of the Blues Brothers characters, Jake and Elwood. Created by Belushi and Dan Aykroyd in the late 1970s, the Blues Brothers first appeared before a national audience as musical guest on Saturday Night Live. With musical guidance (and keyboards) from Paul Shaffer -- and a kick-ass band composed of Steve Cropper, Duck Dunn, Matt "Guitar" Murphy, Steve Jordan, Blue Lou Marini, Tom "Bones" Malone, Al Rubin and Tom Scott -- the Blues Brothers rapidly evolved into a worldwide phenomenon encompassing touring, multi-platinum record albums and a timeless 1980 feature film directed by John Landis.
In March of 2012, Aykroyd told WKCC 91.1 FM Radio: "I had eight incredible years with John. We had a friendship. It was love at first sight. It was hard for me to process his death... I miss him every day. Especially when I go into the House of Blues. He was really an artist, you know. Much more an artist than a mercantilist. If he had lived, he would be directing plays and musicals. He would be one of the premier directors on Broadway."
We at the Blues Brothers Official Site would like to take a moment to give thanks for the incredibly wonderful years which Brother Belushi gave to the cause. And, in his memory, we ask that you take time today to reflect on that for which you are grateful.
Now get out of here and get on your good foot.