Matt Murphy

po_Murphy-MattMatt “Guitar” Murphy (born December 29, 1929) is an American blues guitarist.

Matthew Murphy was born in Sunflower, Mississippi, United States, and was educated in Memphis, where his father worked at the Peabody Hotel. Murphy learned to play guitar when he was a kid. In 1948 he moved to Chicago where he joined the Howlin’ Wolf band, which at the time featured harmonicist Little Junior Parker.

Murphy worked a lot with Memphis Slim, including on his album At The Gate of Horn (1959). Murphy did not have a band of his own until 1982, but did session work both in studio and on stage with many musicians, including Ike Turner, Muddy Waters, James Cotton, Otis Rush, Etta James, Sonny Boy Williamson II, Chuck Berry and Joe Louis Walker.

He gave a memorable performance in 1963 on the American Folk Blues Festival tour of Europe with his “Matt’s Guitar Boogie”. Freddie King is said to have once admitted that he based his “Hide Away” on Murphy’s playing during this performance.

In 1978, Murphy joined The Blues Brothers. Murphy can be seen in the films The Blues Brothers (1980) and Blues Brothers 2000 (1998), where he plays Aretha Franklin’s hen-pecked husband. He kept performing with the Blues Brothers Band until the early 2000s.