Matt Murphy - Goin' Up, Goin' Down - Classic Blues Videos
with Joe Louis Walker and Billy Boy Arnold in 1997
Blues guitar master Matt 'Guitar' Murphy performs "Goin' Up, Goin' Down" with Joe Louis Walker on guitar and Billy Boy Arnold on harmonica in 1997.
Matt "Guitar" Murphy (born December 29, 1929, Sunflower, Mississippi) is an American blues guitarist.
Murphy played with Howlin' Wolf in 1948; harpist Little Junior Parker was also in the band at the time.
By 1952, Murphy was in Chicago, where he began his long association with Memphis Slim by playing on his dates for United Records and Vee-Jay Records, including the album, At The Gate of Horn (1959).
Murphy did not have a band of his own until 1982, but played with many famous bands. Among them (more or less chronologically):
* Howlin' Wolf
* Little Junior Parker
* Ike Turner
* Memphis Slim
* James Cotton
* Otis Rush
* Etta James
* Sonny Boy Williamson II
* Chuck Berry
* Joe Louis Walker
* The Blues Brothers
He played with some of these bands for many years (for example, 20 years in a row with Memphis Slim), while others were just sessions during his work at Chess Records.
Murphy can be seen in the films The Blues Brothers and Blues Brothers 2000, where he plays Aretha Franklin's hen-pecked husband. Work thereafter with The Blues Brothers turned him into one of the best-known blues guitarists in the United States.
Murphy's signature model guitar is manufactured by Cort Guitars.
Murphy has been less active since he suffered a stroke on stage while performing in Nashville in 2003 — he finished his set performing with one hand. A benefit was mounted by notable musicians of Memphis and Nashville. Murphy now resides in Miami, Florida. He has been playing in Florida with two young proteges Tim O'Donnell and Darrell Raines, and performed with his nephew Floyd in the Florida Keys during the summer of 2009.
Matt has been on the comeback trail with a scheduled performance reunion with James Cotton at the 2010 Chicago Blues Festival and a full schedule to follow for summer and fall 2010.
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