Steve Cropper and Duck Dunn, two of the Blues Brothers, were musicians that were part of the Stax label music scene in Memphis. Both were part of the MGs (as in Booker T & the MGs, whose catalog of songs included "Green Onions", a familiar instumental blues song used in numerous commercials and movies). They also backed up many of the famous Stax artists, such as Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, and Sam & Dave. Cropper, in fact, was a co-writer of such famous songs as "Knock on Wood", "In the Midnight Hour", and "Dock of the Bay." Cropper is further immortalized as a guitarist on record by being the "Steve" referred to by Sam & Dave on the classic song "Soul Man" ("play it Steve"), a song which became a Blues Brothers staple.
Other than the jail sequences and during his job quitting sequence, Elwood never takes off his sunglasses, and Jake never takes off his hat -Other than toward the end when he's on his knees in the tunnel begging for forgiveness!
The Illinois State Trooper, in the initial chase through the Dixie Mall, who said, "I think I broke my watch" is the popular musician Stephen Bishop ("On and On", "It Might Be You" (Love Theme from the movie "Tootsie"). Stephen Bishop was also the guy sitting on the steps in "Animal House" playing the guitar which John Belushi smashed.
Gary McLarty, the customer in 'Toys 'R' Us', who has the Grover toy and asks "Yes, do you have a Miss Piggy?", appears in the credits three times - once as the customer, once as the stunt co-ordinator, and he is also one of the stunt men listed in the credits.
If you look on the wall behind the band at the end of the movie, you will see a sign that say's "its never to late to mend". That was taken from the solitary building, on the floor at the entrance engraved in cement of the front door when you enter the buliding.
Currently in Melbourne, Australia, the world's longest running late show - dedicated to the blues brothers - is into it's 20th year. On the first friday of every month approx 200 people attend the Westgarth Cinema to watch the movie and a group of approx 20 groupies who get up on stage and perform parts of the movie. When Blues Brothers 2000 was being filmed John Landis invited the Melbourne Blues Brothers to be extras in the bluegrass scene. Approx 15 of them managed to fly over to Canada with 2 weeks notice to be in the movie.
This is relevant for both The Blues Brothers and The Blues Brothers 2000. For Aretha Franklin's song in both films, the thinnest of the back-up singers -Carolyn in the blue shorts, is actually Aretha Franklin's sister!
At the end of the movie, while the band is playing in prison, watch carefully when the camera shows the other inmates. The first convict that jumps up on the table (he is located right in front) is none other than Joe Walsh from the Eagles.
Elwood always has the sleeves of his white shirt rolled up past his elbows so that it does not show at his wrists and he wears white socks. Jake on the other hand, keeps his sleeves all the way down and they often come several inches past his coat sleeve.
In the big concert scene at the end of the movie John Belushi had sprained his back falling down the stairs in the desk from the Penguin's office. He was in a back brace and on pain killers for the rest of the filming. John Landis told us (That day's extras, filming at the Hollywood Palladium) this just before John, Dan and the band started rehearsing for next day's filming. We had spent most of the day filming the Cab Calloway "Minnie the Moocher" sequence.
In a scene with Henry Gibson as the Nazi chief, sitting in his office discussing the Blues Brothers with an underling, he's painting a statue of a falcon with gold paint - an obvious (at least to me) take on the Maltese Falcon, where a fake lead statue was painted over to disguise the fraud.
After the Good Old Boys' motor home leaves the freeway during the final chase, and before it crashes through the barn and into the lake, it passes a shop called "Mr. Bill's". This is only visible on screen for about one second, but it's there. A tribute to their SNL connection?