Personalities | Matt Murphy | Seventies | Jazz & Blues

(Guitar, vocals, b. 1927)

Matt ‘Guitar’ Murphy came up in Memphis, playing with Howlin’ Wolf, Little Junior Parker and Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland before gaining serious attention with Memphis Slim’s band from 1952 to 1959. In the 1960s Murphy contributed to sessions by Sonny Boy Williamson II, Chuck Berry and Otis Rush, and was a crowd favourite while performing on the 1963 American Folk Blues Festival tour. Murphy’s appearance in The Blues Brothers film in 1980 helped to seal his place in blues history.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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