Asked how he liked being stuck in a small college town during the shooting of Animal House (1978), John Belushi responded he didn’t miss LA at all, because ”people in Eugene know way more about music and having a good time.”
Two years later, Belushi and Dan Ackroyd appeared as Jake and Elwood Blues, in The Blues Brothers, playing musicians “on a mission from God”. The harmonica, hat, tie, and suit were all copied from Eugene blues singer Curtis Salgado.
The creative debt owed by the makers of The Blues Brothers was not kept secret. The Blues Brothers’ first album Briefcase Full Of Blues, is dedicated to Curtis Salgado.
I hereby claim The Blues Brothers as an Oregon film, on the basis of the inspirational role played by Oregonian Curtis Salgado.