Alan Rubin, a trumpet player who backed up John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd in the Blues Brothers skits on “Saturday Night Live,” was part of the band spawned by the skits in the late 1970s and appeared in the two “Blues Brothers” films, died Wednesday of lung cancer in New York City. He was 68.
Rubin portrayed head waiter Mr. Fabulous in both 1980 feature “The Blues Brothers” and its sequel 18 years later.
The talented session musician was known for his abilities in a range of musical styles.
Rubin was born in New York City and first played the trumpet when he was 10. He started at Juilliard when was 17 but dropped out three years later to accompany singer Robert Goulet on the road.
During his career he record and performed with Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Blood Sweat & Tears, Aerosmith, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Billy Joel, the Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton, his wife, Mary Moreno Rubin, told the Los Angeles Times.
For more than two decades, Rubin had performed with the Original Blues Brothers, a new version of the group; the band had stopped performing after Belushi’s death in 1982.
In addition to his wife, Rubin is survived by a sister and a brother.