Top Five Blues Songs According to Jim Belushi

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Jim Belushi is a man of many trades. He's entertained us through movies, TV, in theatre, and with his incredible improvisation skills. Not to be outdone by his late great older brother John, his knack for the blues is sensational as well (see: his band the Sacred Hearts) leaving us to wonder, what can't this man do? Since Orange County is lucky enough to once again be graced with Jim Belushi and the Chicago Board of Comedy (this time at the Brea Improv October 4th and 5th) and since we can't script what will go down while he's there (that part is up you folks), we decided to see what his picks would be for the "Top Five Blues Songs."


5. Howlin' Wolf, "Killing Floor"
It's the line, "If I would have followed my first mind, I would have left you the second time. But instead, I fooled around with you and I ended up on the Killing Floor." I just love that this guy knew that this girl was so dangerous that he was just going to do her twice- too late. Second time he fell in love and it killed him. Also, in the blues world, the signature rhythm of this song is considered the simplest and the best. People have been stealing from it for years. The ring tone on my phone is the beginning of "Killing Floor."



4. The Blues Brothers, "Sweet Home Chicago"
This is the essential electric Chicago sound that was originated by Robert Johnson, who is considered the father of the blues. It's also a song that my brother John popularized with The Blues Brothers and is considered the city of Chicago's anthem. It has great slide guitar work. And if you listen closely enough to the blues, you'll see that a lot of blues songs are based in this particular blues progression that you'll find in this song. And plus, I'm from Chicago.


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