Aykroyd plays Elwood Blues, brother to “Joliet” Jake Blues, who is fresh out of prison, in this comedy directed by John Landis. The pair set out to bring their band back together so they can raise $5,000 and save the Catholic home where they were raised. Co-starring John Belushi, Cab Calloway, James Brown, Ray Charles, and Aretha Franklin.
The idea is based on two classic recidivist American characters. It’s based on a love of the city of Chicago and the music that came out of there.