The Best of the Blues Brothers: Sheet Music Edition

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The Best of the Blues Brothers: Sheet Music Edition is a collection of some of the most popular songs from the Blues Brothers. The arrangements are easy to follow and are great for beginners.


This transcription is based on the movie The Blues Brothers, released in 1980. It stars John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as “Joliet” Jake and Elwood Blues, characters they originated on Saturday Night Live. It features musical numbers by rhythm and blues (R&B), soul, and blues singers James Brown, Cab Calloway, Arena Davies Jr., Ray Charles, and John Lee Hooker.

The story is set in the city of Chicago, Illinois, on a Saturday morning in May. The film’s budget was $27 million, making it the most expensive film directed by John Landis at that time.

The Best of the Blues Brothers

The Blues Brothers is a 1980 musical comedy film directed by John Landis. The film stars John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as “Joliet” Jake and Elwood Blues, characters they created and performed on Saturday Night Live. The film’s soundtrack features several songs by rhythm and blues (R&B), soul, and blues singers.

“She Caught the Katy”

“She Caught the Katy” is a song written by Taj Mahal and proba bly best known as performed by The Blues Brothers. It was originally released on Mahal’s second album, 1968’s Giant Step/De Ole Folks at Home. The song is a twelve-bar blues in the key of E and features Mahal on slide guitar and vocals, Tyrone Davis on electric bass, Howard Johnson on tuba, Chris Frantz on drums, Jesse Ed Davis on electric guitar, Billy Preston on organ and Ernie Hayes on piano.

The song is about a woman who “caught the Katy”, meaning she caught a train out of town. The protagonist is trying to convince her to stay with him, but she is determined to leave.

The Blues Brothers version of the song was released as a single in 1978, reaching #38 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was also included on the band’s 1980 album Made in America.

“Peter Gunn Theme”

The “Peter Gunn Theme” is one of the most recognizable pieces of music from the Blues Brothers movie. The theme was originally composed by Henry Mancini for the television show Peter Gunn, which aired in the late 1950s. The theme was later adapted for the Blues Brothers movie, and has become one of the most iconic pieces of music from the film.

“Theme from Rawhide”

“Theme from Rawhide” is a 1959 instrumental composed by Nelson Riddle and originally performed by the Blues Brothers. The piece was used as the opening theme for the television series Rawhide, which ran from 1959 to 1966.

The piece begins with a simple guitar melody, which is joined by a second guitar and a bass. The melody is then taken up by a trumpet, followed by a saxophone. The piece builds to a short crescendo before ending abruptly.

The composition has been described as “catchy” and ” memorable”, and it has been covered by many artists, including the Blues Brothers themselves, Al Kooper, Ry Cooder, Tower of Power, and Garaj Mahal.

“Minnie the Moocher”

“Minnie the Moocher” is a Depression-era song first performed in 1931 by Cab Calloway and his orchestra. The lyrics, by Calloway and his collaborator Irving Mills, tell the story of a young woman who ” smokes reefers ” and ” snorts cocaine “. The song was a huge hit for Calloway, reaching number one on the Harlem Hit Parade for seven weeks. It has since become one of the most recorded songs in the history of popular music, with over 500 versions by other artists.

The Blues Brothers, a 1980 film directed by John Landis, stars actors Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi as “Joliet” Jake and Elwood Blues, characters developed from their iconic Saturday Night Live sketches. The film features several musical numbers, including a cover of “Minnie the Moocher” sung by Aykroyd and Belushi. The performance is considered one of the highlights of the movie and helped to revive interest in Calloway’s work.

The Best of the Blues Brothers is a collection of sheet music for some of the group’s most popular songs, including “Minnie the Moocher”. This edition features full-color illustrations from the film as well as an introduction with information about the Blues Brothers and their history.

“Gimme Some Lovin'”

“Gimme Some Lovin'” is a song written and performed by Spencer Davis, Steve Winwood, and Muff Winwood and released as a single in 1967 by The Spencer Davis Group. The song peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in early 1968.

In the Blues Brothers film, “Gimme Some Lovin'” is performed by the band as they drive to their first gig in the Bluesmobile. The film version features Matt “Guitar” Murphy on lead guitar and features some of his most memorable licks.

“I Can’t Turn You Loose”

I Can’t Turn You Loose is a song written and originally performed by Otis Redding in 1965. It was released as a single on January 15, 1968, and reached number 33 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song was included on Redding’s fourth studio album, The Dock of the Bay, which was released on February 16, 1968.

The song has been covered by a number of artists, including The Blues Brothers, who released their version as a single on May 18, 1980. The Blues Brothers’ version peaked at number 38 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was included on their 1980 album, Made in America.

“Rubber Biscuit”

“Rubber Biscuit” is a song written by Chuck Berry and recorded by The Chips in 1955. The song was covered by The Blues Brothers in 1980 and released as a single, reaching number 37 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

“Soul Man”

“Soul Man” is a 1967 song co-written, produced, and performed by American soul duo Sam & Dave. It was released on Stax Records’ Volt label in 1967 and reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number two on the Cash Box Top 100. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked “Soul Man” 67th on its list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

The song has been covered by many artists, including Elvis Presley, James Brown, Wilson Pickett, Tom Jones, Ry Cooder, Blues Traveler, Blues Brothers 2000 (John Goodman and Dan Aykroyd), Grateful Dead, Rotary Connection, Maceo Parker and Booker T. & the MGs.

In 1978, the Blues Brothers (John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd), with Matt “Guitar” Murphy and Steve Cropper on guitars, Donald “Duck” Dunn on bass guitar and Willie Hall on drums recorded a cover version of the song. It was released as a single (with “She Caught the Katy”) from their debut album Briefcase Full of Blues. The single peaked at No. 14 in the UK singles chart in 1979.[9] It was reissued in 1988 following the release of the film The Blues Brothers (in which Belushi reprised his role as Jake Blues), this time reaching No. 7.[10] In 2001 a live version recorded in New York City’s Central Park during their 1982 Reunion Tour was released as part of Disc 2 of Rhino’s deluxe edition reissue of Briefcase Full of Blues; this same performance can also be found on The Definitive Collection issued by Atlantic Records in 2002.

“Sweet Home Chicago”

One of the most popular and enduring songs in the Blues Brothers repertoire, “Sweet Home Chicago” was written by Robert Johnson in 1936. The song has been covered by many artists over the years, but the Blues Brothers’ version is by far the most well-known. The simple, catchy lyrics and upbeat melody make “Sweet Home Chicago” a perfect sing-along song for fans of all ages.


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