June 16 (UPI) — Blues Brothers Band musician Matt “Guitar” Murphy has died at the age of 88, his nephew Floyd Murphy Jr. announced on Facebook.
“Well they say when it rains it pours…i was just told that my uncle Matt Guitar Murphy passed away last night,” Murphy wrote Friday. “I can’t feel a freaking thing in my body now but I must stay strong cause he was a strong man that lived a long long fruitfull life that poured his heart out in every guitar solo he took… yes the master is up stairs now with my father and mother,uncle Melvin Murphy, Jimmy Biggins, Eric Udell, Alan Ruben, BB King, Etta James… the list is just way too long folks but there all together again doing what there known for across the world ….love you uncle tell dad hi for me…. May you RIP.”
Deadline.com said the late musician appeared in the 1980 movie Blues Brothers and its 1998 sequel Blues Brothers 2000.
He also played in the Blues Brothers Band with the late John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd when the group performed “Soul Man” during a Saturday Night Live sketch in 1978. He stayed with the touring band – which had rotating artists and musicians — until 2002 when he had a stroke and semi-retired, Rolling Stone said.