Curtis Salgado

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Curtis Salgado
Curtis Salgado 12April2008.jpg
Background information
Born (1954-02-04) February 4, 1954 (age 60)
Everett, Washington, United States
Genres Blues, R&B, soul
Occupation(s) Harmonicist, singer-songwriter
Instruments Harmonica, vocals
Years active 1970s-present

Curtis Salgado (born February 4, 1954 in Everett, Washington, United States) is an American, Portland, Oregon, based blues, R&B, and soul singer-songwriter. He plays harmonica and fronts his own band as lead vocalist.


Salgado was the inspiration behind John Belushi's creation of the Blues Brothers characters in the late 1970s.[1] They met and became friends while Belushi was in Eugene, Oregon filming the movie Animal House. The Blues Brother's debut album Briefcase Full of Blues is dedicated to Salgado and Cab Calloway's character in The Blues Brothers film is named after Curtis. For six years he performed with Robert Cray's band, and sang lead on Cray's debut album. In 1995, he spent a short stint as the lead vocalist with the latin rock band, Santana.

Salgado was diagnosed with liver cancer in 2005, and underwent a successful liver transplant in 2006. He continues to record and perform his music. On June 13, 2006 a benefit concert was held in his honor in Portland to raise funds for his medical treatment. Among those who performed were Little Charlie & the Nightcats, Everclear, Taj Mahal, The Robert Cray Band, and Steve Miller. Also in attendance was the widow of John Belushi who spoke of Salgado's part in the development of The Blues Brothers. On April 29, 2007 another benefit was held in Curtis' honor, bringing Steve Miller and Little Charlie and the boys back, and adding Jimmie Vaughan, and harp players Charlie Musselwhite and Kim Wilson.

Salgado was nominated for four of the Blues Foundation's 2009 Blues Music Awards, including Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year and Soul Blues Album of the year for his album, Clean Getaway. In 2010, Salgado won the Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year award.

In 2013, Salgado was nominated for a Blues Music Award in four separate categories.[2]

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  • 2012 Soul Shot (Alligator Records)
  • 2008 Clean Getaway (Shanachie)
  • 2004 Strong Suspicion (Shanachie)
  • 2001 Soul Activated (Shanachie)
  • 1999 Wiggle Outta This (Shanachie)


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