Song of the Day: Charlie Musselwhite, “The Blues Overtook Me”


The word is that “Memphis” Charlie Musselwhite was the inspiration for Elwood Blues, Dan Aykroyd’s character in the Blues Brothers movies (of which, thankfully, there have only been two). Charlie was in the second of those movies, playing harmonica with the “Louisiana Gator Boys,” a band of all-stars (including B. B. King, Eric Clapton, Bo Diddley, Koko Taylor, and Dr. John) with whom The Blues Brothers had a “battle of the bands.” Charlie was born in Mississippi, raised in Memphis, and ended up in Chicago around the same time Paul Butterfield was putting his band together. When Butterfield scored a record contract with Elektra Records, Charlie and his band were signed to Vanguard Records and released their first album, Stand Back! Here Comes Charlie Musselwhite’s Southside Band! in 1967. He was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2010. “The Blues Overtook Me” was on his 2002 album One Night In America.

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