Matt "Guitar" Murphy (born
December 29, 1929, Sunflower, Mississippi) is an American blues guitarist.
Life and career
Murphy played with Howlin' Wolf
Parker was also in the band at the time.
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):
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
Murphy can be seen in the films The Blues Brothers
Blues Brothers 2000
where he plays Aretha Franklin
hen-pecked husband. Work thereafter with The Blues Brothers
turned him into one of the best-known blues guitarists in the
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
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.