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Singin' the Blues

Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi carry a musical torch across America as the Blues Brothers.
Gordon Mott
From the Print Edition:
The Blues Brothers, Jan/Feb 2008

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He's also an occasional but avid cigar smoker. "My dad used to smoke Reitmeister, those little cheroot-style cigars. But whenever he could get a good Cuban, he would," Aykroyd says. "I discovered those big old Fuente Hemingways a few years ago. The big, long black ones. I loved them."

"For a while there, Jimmy [Belushi] and I would smoke after every show, after every meal; we'd light up a cigar, but we both quit for a while," Aykroyd says, still working on the old Cuban. "But in the summers, up on our family farm in Canada—you know, it's been in the family since 1826—we'll have a lavish dinner and then I'll bring out the Patrón and we pull out the cigars. We'll sit by the campfire, my uncle might bring his ukulele, and we'll sing into the night. Cigars are a big part of the evening."

Spoken like a man who knows what makes him happy.

—G.M.

 

JIM BELUSHI

According to Jim

You won't find Jim Belushi sitting around very much. When he's not filming shows for his successful sitcom, "According to Jim," which will begin its seventh season on ABC in mid-January, he's doing 50 shows a year on the road with the Sacred Hearts band.

"Yeah, sometimes my wife is like, you're gone every weekend," Belushi, who is 53 years old, says during an interview before a Blues Brothers performance in Houston on a Saturday night. "But I say, 'Honey, some guys go on fishing trips, some guys leave the house at 8 a.m., play 36 holes of golf and they're too tired to talk to you at night. Some guys just drink all fucking day, OK. This is healthy. I'm working out. And, I'm making money.'"

And, he could have added, having fun doing it.


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