Blues Brothers 2000: About The Blues Brothers Band

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One of the legends of rock'n'roll, STEVE "THE COLONEL" CROPPER (Lead Guitar) has collaborated with Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Booker T. Jones, Eddie Floyd, Nashville's Razzy Bailey, Rod Stewart and Isaac Hayes, among others.

He won a large following during his years at Stax Records where, in addition to being house producer, he was lead guitar for Booker T. and the MGs. Instrumental in developing the "Memphis Sound," Cropper helped create such records as Green Onions, Doin' Our Thing, McLemore Avenue, Hip Hug-Her, Booker T. and the MGs' Greatest Hits, Universal Language, Jammed Together and Melting Pot. In 1992, Cropper and the rest of the MGs were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Cropper, who has more than 400 BMI-registered songs recorded for which he has received 23 BMI Awards, co-wrote such classics as "(Sitting On) The Dock of the Bay," "Fa-Fa-Fa," "634-5789," "Green Onions," "In The Midnight Hour," "Time is Tight," "Knock on Wood," "See-Saw" and "Don't Fight It." He has also scored several motion pictures.

Cropper was born in Willow Springs, Missouri. While still in high school in Memphis, he and fellow Blues Brothers Band member, Donald "Duck" Dunn, formed The Mar-Keys and toured with their first hit for Stax Records, "Last Night." These days, Cropper continues to tour with The Blues Brothers Band and work in all aspects of the music business. Most recently, he toured with Dave Edmunds, Jimmy Buffet, Neil Young, the reunited MGs and the Northwest All Stars, including Mark Farner, Lou Graham, Billy Preston and Felix Cavaliere.

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer DONALD "DUCK" DUNN (Bass Guitar) was the bass player for Booker T. and the MGs at Stax Records where he helped create such hits as "Soul Limbo," "Hip Hug-Her" and "Time Is Tight."

During his time at Stax, Dunn became known as one of the major architects of the classic Memphis sound, playing on such hits as "I've Been Loving You Too Long," "Respect" and "(Sitting On) The Dock Of The Bay" for Otis Redding, "In The Midnight Hour" for Wilson Pickett, "You Don't Know Like I Know," "Hold On, I'm Comin" and "Soul Man" for Sam and Dave, as well as three albums for Albert King.

Most of Dunn's work mentioned above was done with Steve Cropper. Their musical collaboration and friendship dates back to their high school days in Memphis where they had their first hit, "Last Night," as members of The Mar-Keys.

Other artists Dunn has accompanied include Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, Elvis Presley, Levon Helm, Rod Stewart, Joan Baez and Leon Russell.

MURPHY DUNNE (Keyboards) began his career in the early 1970s as the accompanist for the famed Chicago theatre troupe, Second City. He joined the company as an actor soon afterward and spent the next five years performing with them in Chicago and on tour. It was during this time that he met John Belushi and also co-produced the first Chicago free blues festival with blues legend Willie Dixon (1976). The following year, while producing the first free R&B fete, he met "his heroes" Duck Dunn and Steve Cropper.

Appearing in more than 20 films, Dunne is best known for his unctuous lounge lizard pianist introduced in The Big Bus, refined in High Anxiety and brought to full smarm in The Blues Brothers. A veteran of over 50 television shows and 100 commercials, he has also received laurels for his frequent theatre appearances. He made his directorial debut in 1996 with the short comedy The Lawyer, which has been honored by the BBC and selected for several film festivals, including a special screening by Sundance.

He lives in Southern California with his wife Kristine and their daughter Veronica.

WILLIE "TOO BIG" HALL (Drums) began his career as a drummer in 1965, while still in high school. He played with the Bar-Kays band and later joined Stax Records where he performed with Steve Cropper and Donald Dunn on Booker T. and the MGs' records Universal Language and Hip Hug-Her.

As part of the Stax-Volt Recording Section Team from 1968-77, Hall accompanied and/or produced such artists as The Emotions, Little Milton, Carla and Rufus Thomas, Johnnie Taylor, The Staple Singers, Albert King and Isaac Hayes. Hall produced Hayes' last Stax album and later did percussion on Hayes' popular Shaft album and Hayes' Oscar - winning score for the hit film.

Hall has toured the world and recorded with a variety of artists, including Cab Calloway, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, K.C. and the Sunshine Band, Bonnie Raitt, Earl Scruggs, Charlie Daniels and Buffy Saint Marie, Charlie Daniels Band, Todd Rundgren and Roger McGuinn, among others.

LOU "BLUE LOU" MARINI (Saxophone) has performed, toured and recorded with such diverse artists as Stevie Wonder, Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra, Woody Herman, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Dr. John, Frank Zappa, The Band, The Supremes, Bonnie Raitt, Aretha Franklin, Sinead O'Conner, Frank Sinatra, Maureen McGovern, Elton John, Donald Fagan, Eric Clapton and many more.

Although originally a student of the clarinet, at an early age, Marini was encouraged by his father, a saxophonist, and he soon nurtured a love of jazz, discovering Stan Getz and the likes.

It was not until he attended North Texas State University in Dallas that his inherent love affair with rhythm and blues began to flourish. He loved "the grooves" and the audience reaction.

In 1972, Marini then moved to New York City and soon became a sought-after session player, writer/arranger/ performer and eventually became a mainstay of the Saturday Night Live Band for nine years. It was here that Marini would brush shoulders with co-performers John "Jake Blues" Belushi and Dan "Elwood Blues" Aykroyd and as a result be chosen as saxophonist for The Blues Brothers.

Currently, while fostering a solo career with the release of his first album Soul Serenade, Marini continues to participate in all aspects of the music business including studio, television and film soundtracks when he's not touring with The Blues Brothers Band.

TOM "BONES" MALONE (Trombone) has, since 1993, been a member of the CBS Orchestra and can be seen nightly on the Late Show with David Letterman playing trombone, trumpet, bass trombone, tenor sax, baritone sax, flute, piccolo and alto flute. Since joining the orchestra, he has contributed over 100 arrangements to the Late Show.

Malone has performed and recorded with James Brown, Frank Zappa, Blood, Sweat and Tears, The Band, Miles Davis, Steve Winwood and others. As a studio musician, he has played on over 350 records and more than 3,000 radio and television commercials.

A member of the original Saturday Night Live Band for ten years, Malone was their musical director from 1981-85. He has also played on network themes for shows such as CBS This Morning, Murder, She Wrote and the 1992 Olympic Winter Games theme on CBS.

Malone is originally from Sumrall, Mississippi. He currently lives in Manhattan.

The first musician hired by Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi to play in The Blues Brothers Band, MATT "GUITAR" MURPHY (Guitar) is no less than one of the greatest blues guitar players ever.

Born in the Mississippi Delta, raised in Memphis and musically bred in post-war Chicago, Murphy has played with such stellar talent as Howlin' Wolf, Willie Dixon, Etta James, Sonny Boy Williamson, Memphis Slim, Chuck Berry, James Cotton and others.

In addition to touring with The Blues Brothers Band, Murphy also records and performs with his own band, the Matt "Guitar" Murphy Band.

ALAN "MR. FABULOUS" RUBIN's (Trumpet) acerbic wit and sizzling trumpet licks are legendary around New York recording studios. A gifted trumpet, flugelhorn and piccolo trumpet player, Rubin is one of the most prolific players in the business. He has performed and recorded with everyone from Frank Sinatra to Frank Zappa, from Duke Ellington ("Newport Suite") to Blood, Sweat and Tears (lead trumpet on "Spinning Wheel"), from Sting to Aerosmith to the Rolling Stones, as well as with Paul Simon, James Taylor, Eric Clapton, Peggy Lee, Aretha Franklin, James Brown and Dr. John.

At age seventeen, Rubin entered the prestigious Juilliard School of Music on a scholarship. He was the original trumpet player with the Saturday Night Live Band and performed at the closing ceremonies of the 1996 Olympics with Paul Shaffer and the Late Night Band.

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