28. The Blues Brothers
Air Date: 11/18/78
Starring: Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi
Talk about a sketch that took on a life of its own. "The Blues Brothers," led by Jake and Elwood Blues (John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, respectively) evolved from SNL characters to full-fledged rock stars. Their 1978 debut album, Briefcase Full Of Blues, even hit No. 1 on the Billboard chart.
Oddly enough, the first "Blues Brothers" skit to air on SNL didn't even include Belushi and Aykrod's signature outfits. Instead, the duo dressed as bees, which didn't last very long, of course. Eventually, they both began wearing the famous black suit-and-hat getups.
Over the years, the band has worked with a group a exceptional musicians, including members of both the Bar-Kays and Booker T & the M.G.'s. And, more than three decades after their debut, the Blues Brothers continue to perform, mainly with guest vocalists.