In honor of the late Carrie Fisher, SNL recently aired the episode that she hosted back in 1978, which incidentally featured an iconic music performance by what many call the person who best embodied the original free spirit of ‘Saturday Night Live’.
One of comedy’s first rock stars, Belushi’s performance of ‘Soul Man’ alongside Dan Akroyd remains one of my time favorite SNL moments, one in a litany of classic ones that made Rolling Stone nominate him its all-time best SNL cast member.
Sadly, Belushi’s life of a rock star had its ultimate consequence as he died very much like one 35 years ago this month.
As for my favorite SNL Belushi creation, my love of all things martial arts makes Samurai Futaba tops on my list.
As far as movies go, it’s Bluto Blutarsky for me in a landslide.
How about you? What are your lasting memories of John Belushi?
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I love music and I love talking about it. I grew up listening to bands like Rush (best band on the planet!), Van Halen (Diamond Dave all the way), AC/DC (Bon rules!) and Genesis (the Gabriel years). But my true love is progressive rock and heavy metal. The louder, crunchier, more bombastic and self-indulgent, the better!
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