Today we say goodbye to Alan “Mr. Fabulous” Rubin, who died from lung cancer last week at age 68.
Rubin was most commonly known for his role as the trumpet player in The Blues Brothers band. His fellow brothers of blues included John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd.
The group started as an SNL skit and eventually made it into film. In the first Blues Brothers film Rubin played Mr. Fabulous, the trumpet-player-turned-maitre d’.
Despite the satire associated with The Blues Brothers, Rubin was an accomplished musician. He enrolled at Juilliard at the age of 17 and went on to collaborate with some major players in music, including Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Blood Sweat & Tears, Aerosmith, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Billy Joel, the Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton.
“Sought out for his expertise in playing every style of music — from classical to jazz to blues to rock and disco — authentically and artistically,” the original Blues Brothers Band said in a statement.