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The Blues Brothers is an American blues, rhythm-and-blues, and soul-revivalist band founded by comedians Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi as part of a musical sketch on Saturday Night Live. Belushi and Aykroyd-- respectively in character as lead vocalist "Joliet" Jake Blues and harpist/vocalist Elwood Blues-- fronted the band, which was composed of well-known and respected musicians. The group made its debut on the April 22, 1978 episode of SNL. The band began to take on a life beyond the television screen, releasing an album (Briefcase Full of Blues) in 1978 and a Hollywood film (The Blues Brothers) in 1980. After the death of Belushi in 1982, the Blues Brothers have continued to perform with a rotation of guest singers and band members. The original band reformed in 1988 for a world tour and again in 1998 for a sequel film (Blues Brothers 2000), and they make regular appearances at musical festivals worldwide.