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Matt "Guitar" Murphy (born December 29, 1929, Sunflower, Mississippi) is an American blues guitarist.
By 1952, 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):
Little Junior Parker
Ike Turner Memphis Slim
James Cotton Otis Rush
Sonny Boy Williamson II
Joe Louis Walker
The Blues Brothers
Murphy can be seen in the films The Blues Brothers and Blues Brothers 2000, where he plays Aretha Franklin's hen-pecked husband. Work thereafter with The Blues Brothers turned him into one of the best-known blues guitarists in the United States.
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 Miami, Florida. He has 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.
Matt has been on the comeback trail with a scheduled performance reunion with James Cotton at the 2010 Chicago Blues Festival and a full schedule to follow for summer and fall 2010.