Matt "Guitar" Murphy passed away June 15 at the age of 88. With his brother Floyd they became mainstays in the Memphis blues scene as teenagers. He played sideman to blues legends Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf. He also did session work with the likes of Ike Turner and Etta James.
He joined the Blues Brothers in the mid-70s and with Steve Cropper created a memorable one-two punch with their guitar prowess. His role in the "Blues Brothers" movie was also unforgettable. He played Aretha Franklin's husband in the restaurant scene when she reprises her hit "Think".
He appeared in the "Blues Brothers 2000" movie and continued with session work, until a stroke in 2002 forced him into semi-retirement.
Matt settled in Miami and wed Kathy Hemrick in 2011. He also released an album "Last Call" that year.
It seems appropriate that we celebrate Matt's life with the band's cover of another Miami musician, the late Wayne Cochran's tune.