Drive-In classics… back in the day, the Drive-In was a great place to go for a night of fun. When we get a chance, we recreate that experience here on The Beat Chicago with a classic from back in the day.
Whether it was a date or with friends, (many of them in our trunk) we’d go to the drive-in, head to the lobby, come back to the car and listen to the movie on a transmitted FM signal in our car or that horrible little speaker hanging out our window.
We do our best to re-create all the parts of that experience with our Drive-In Movie Classics.
ABOUT THE MOVIE
Jake Blues (John Belushi) is just out of jail and teams up with his brother Elwood (Dan Aykroyd) on ‘a mission from God’ to raise funds for the orphanage in which they grew up.
They’re puttin’ the band back together and what a band.
In real life, the guys who played in the band were some of the greatest studio musicians in the world including Donald “Duck” Dunn, “Blue Lou” Marini, Matt “Guitar” Murphy, Alan Rubin, Paul Schaffer, Steve “The Colonel” Cropper, Tom Scott, Eddie Floyd, Steve Jordan, Willie Hall, Tom “Bones” Malone, Mighty Mack” McTeer, Larry Thurston, and Tommy McDonnell.
The idea for the Blues Brothers actually came out of an SNL sketch in ’76 named “Howard Shore and his All-Bee Band.” From there it matured into “The Blues Brothers” which debuted as the musical guest in a 1978 episode of Saturday Night Live where they played “Hey Bartender” and a cover of Sam & Dave’s “Soul Man.”
The Blues Brothers first album, Briefcase Full of Blues was actually a set of live recordings while they were on the road opening for Steve Martin at Los Angeles’ Universal Amphitheatre. The album reached #1 on the Billboard 200 and went double platinum.
The story of the Blues Brothers was laid out in that album’s liner notes to set the story for the movie.
The movie cost 30 million dollars to make, I’m sure crashing hundreds of State and Chicago police cars cost a pretty penny. The movie grossed over 115 million dollars at the box office.