John Belushi: Irresistible
Spanish Artist Josu Nogueira's Exhibit Celebrates John Belushi 

The Art Gallery of the Ibercaja Cultural Center. (C/ San Antón, 3, Logroño - La Rioja, Spain) has announced an exhibit featuring the work of local artist JOSU NOGUEIRA. The exhibit will feature favorite pieces from his extensive collection of pencil portraits and artwork of the late John Belushi. It is scheduled for May of 2018.

Josu has been intrigued by John since he was a young boy, and this project is the result of his passion for combining portraiture and inspiration.

JOSU NOGUEIRA was born in Irún, Guipúzcoa, Spain, in 1975. He is a self proclaimed illustrator, graphic artist and "working man" who has had art exhibitions in Logroño, Spain, the town where he now lives, since 1994. Josu studied in the School of Arts in Logroño, where he indulged and refined his skill in creating portraits. His last exhibition, "Joe Holden Blues" was part of the "Actual '16" National Cultural Festival, the most successful opening in the history of the Ibercaja Art Gallery, where it took place.

Josu says this project, approved and encouraged by Judith Belushi, represents the "dream of his life come true."

"These portraits and images are my way to give thanks to this great actor, for the inspiration and joy he has brought to generations of people. John was a genius, and I feel honored and happy to dedicate my artwork to this great man".

First interview in Spain.  Below are a few drawings of John, by Josu



Authorized John Belushi Documentary Headed to Showtime.

BY  May 23, 2016

Rolling Stone

The first authorized documentary about comic legend John Belushi will head to Showtime and begin production this fall. For the feature-length film, director R.J. Cutler and producer John Battsek secured the cooperation of the comedian's widow Judith Belushi Pisano, who provided never-before-seen photos from her private collection for the documentary. It's the first time Belushi Pisano has authorized or cooperated in a film about the late Blues Brother.

Belushi was one of my very first heroes. At a time when film, television and music were undergoing tectonic shifts within American culture, he was at the center of it all," Cutler said in a statement. "At that moment, he had the number one show on television, the number one film at the box office and the number one record on the charts. We plan to explore his unique genius and how his creative influence is still making an impact to this moment."

Cutler previously helmed the docs The September Issue and The World According to Dick Cheney, while Battsek's Passion Pictures worked on the Oscar-winning Searching For Sugar Man and The Tillman Story. Longtime Belushi collaborator Sean Daniel also serves as executive producer on the documentary.

"John Battsek and I have been discussing the possibility of making this film for over a decade,” Judith Belushi Pisano said in a statement. "I'm thrilled to finally embark upon that journey together with him and director R.J. Cutler. Passion Pictures is poised to make the definitive documentary on John Belushi – a man who not only had a profound effect on the comedy landscape of America, but also made an indelible mark on the social fabric of his time which continues to reverberate today."

An authorized biopic about Belushi based on his widow's oral history Belushi: A Biography was announced in 2013, with actor Emile Hirsch cast in the lead role and Dan Aykroyd on board to produce. However, that project has since stalled.







April 22,1978 Was the Blues Brothers second appearance as the musical guest on SNL.

The Blues Brothers first appeared on Saturday Night Live
on January 17, 1976The band made its second appearance as the musical guest on the April 22, 1978 episode of Saturday Night Live. 
They made their third and final appearance on November 18, 1978.






John Adam Belushi, the son of a Chicago Albanian-American restaurateur in Chicago, once said, "I owe it all to little chocolate donuts". In under a decade, John traveled from the the Second City stage to the stage and airwaves of the National Lampoon and on to the world of Saturday Night Live, Animal House, and ultimately, the multi-media world of the The Blues Brothers. Chevy Chase called him "one of the most intrinsically funny men I have ever known".

 The accomplishment of which Belushi was most proud was the imagining and execution of the Blues Brothers characters, Jake and Elwood. Created by Belushi and Dan Aykroyd in the late 1970s, the Blues Brothers first appeared before a national audience as musical guest on Saturday Night Live. With musical guidance (and keyboards) from Paul Shaffer -- and a kick-ass band composed of Steve Cropper, Duck Dunn, Matt "Guitar" Murphy, Steve Jordan, Blue Lou Marini, Tom "Bones" Malone, Al Rubin and Tom Scott -- the Blues Brothers rapidly evolved into a worldwide phenomenon encompassing touring, multi-platinum record albums and a timeless 1980 feature film directed by John Landis.

In March of 2012, Aykroyd told WKCC 91.1 FM Radio: "I had eight incredible years with John. We had a friendship. It was love at first sight. It was hard for me to process his death... I miss him every day. Especially when I go into the House of Blues. He was really an artist, you know. Much more an artist than a mercantilist. If he had lived, he would be directing plays and musicals. He would be one of the premier directors on Broadway."

We at the Blues Brothers Official Site and would like to take a moment to give thanks for the incredibly wonderful years which Brother Belushi gave to the cause. And, in his memory, we ask that you take time today to reflect on that for which you are grateful.

Now get out of here and get on your good foot.

March 5th 2016 





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