ON THIS DAY, 1980...
On 20th June, 1980, The Blues Brothers was released.
The Blues Brothers is a popular American musical comedy film released in 1980. It was directed by John Landis and starred John Belushi as "Joliet" Jake Blues and Dan Aykroyd as Elwood Blues. The film is known for its energetic performances, memorable characters, and a soundtrack featuring classic rhythm and blues, soul, and blues music.
The story follows Jake and Elwood Blues, two brothers who form a rhythm and blues band to raise money to save the Catholic orphanage where they were raised. Along the way, they encounter a variety of comedic situations and perform musical numbers with notable guest appearances from musicians such as Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, and James Brown.
The Blues Brothers originated from a recurring musical sketch on the American sketch comedy show "Saturday Night Live," where Belushi and Aykroyd portrayed their characters. Due to the sketch's popularity, it eventually led to the creation of a full-length feature film.
The Blues Brothers has become a cult classic over the years, known for its high-energy musical performances, quotable dialogue, and comedic moments. It has also inspired a sequel, "Blues Brothers 2000," released in 1998, although it was not as well-received as the original. The film's impact on popular culture is still evident today, and its soundtrack remains highly regarded among music enthusiasts.