Matt "Guitar" Murphy
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27 December 1929, Sunflower, Mississippi, USA. Murphy moved to Memphis as a child and learned guitar in the 40s. He joined Tuff Greens band before becoming lead guitarist with Junior Parkers Blue Flames, playing on recording sessions with Parker and Bobby Bland. Murphys brother Floyd replaced him with Parkers band when Matt moved to Chicago in 1952. There he spent seven years in Memphis Slims band, also recording as the Sparks with Sam Chatman (bass/vocals) and John Calvin (saxophone). He toured Europe in 1963 with the Folk Blues package, recording with Sonny Boy Rice Miller Williamson in Denmark. Murphy found a wider audience through his role in the films The Blues Brothers and the sequel Blues Brothers 2000 as Aretha Franklins husband and his subsequent tours with the Blues Brothers package. Floyd Murphy joined him for his first solo album, recorded for Antones in 1990. Since then he has recorded under his own...