|The Legendary Blues Band|
|Origin||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
In June 1980, Muddy Waters' backing musicians Willie "Big Eyes" Smith (drums), Pinetop Perkins (piano), Louis Myers (harmonica/guitar), Calvin "Fuzz" Jones (bass guitar) and Jerry Portnoy (harmonica) quit and formed the Legendary Blues Band. Later that year, they backed John Lee Hooker in the film The Blues Brothers. Smith was the only band member to appear in close-up. The following year, Louis Myers joined the others as a guitarist and they recorded their debut album Life of Ease for Rounder Records.Duke Robillard guested on their second release Red Hot 'n' Blue.
The Legendary Blues Band recorded seven albums, Life of Ease, Red Hot 'n' Blue, Woke Up with the Blues (nominated for a W. C. Handy Award), Keepin' the Blues Alive, U B Da Judge, Prime Time Blues, and Money Talks, between 1981 and 1993 and toured with Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton.
Later recordings included Billy Flynn, Little Smokey Smothers, Tony O. Melio, Nick Moss and Madison Slim although the rhythm section of Jones and Smith remained through to their final release in 1993.