Belushi: Six Degrees Records releases music from doc

(John Belushi)

The Reel 360 team were huge fans of the John Belushi documentary, simply titled Belushi. Now, Six Degrees Records’ Belushi (Music from the Showtime Documentary Film) composed by Tree Adams is now available on all major streaming platforms.

Directed by award-winning filmmaker R.J. Cutler, the documentary takes a revealing look at the brilliant life of comedic legend John Belushi.

The original score serves as Belushi’s loyal companion as he blazes through the alluring blues, funk, and rock stylings of the decadent ‘70s. Adams, an Emmy-nominated and BMI Award-winning composer, deconstructs these recorded band elements at times, layering them in a distinctly cerebral and psychedelic stew.

For Belushi, Adams won the 2020 Hollywood Music in Media Award for Outstanding Score – Documentary TV Series.


“For the BELUSHI score, R.J. wanted us to be able to layer a driving band sound in there as a backdrop for much of the journey but we also needed to be able to accommodate some cerebral and poignant spaces along the way,” said Adams. “So, to keep things feeling cohesive, we tore the live recordings apart and used the elements to make new pieces by reversing and warping the sounds into something that felt entirely unrecognizable but somehow connected.”

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Cutler’s feature documentary details the too-short life of the John Belushi, a once-in-a-generation talent who captured the hearts and funny-bones of audiences worldwide.

Told using previously unheard audiotapes, this film examines Belushi’s extraordinary life in the words of his collaborators, friends, and family, including Dan Aykroyd, his brother Jim, Penny Marshall, Lorne Michaels, Carrie Fisher, Chevy Chase, Harold Ramis, Jane Curtin, Ivan Reitman and his high school sweetheart and later wife Judy Belushi.

Track List:

  • Kissing John’s Ass
  • First And Only Valentine
  • Good And Bad At The Same Time
  • Everybody Knows Me
  • Get Married
  • Knowing His Appetites
  • I Got My Woman
  • Jimbo
  • John Figures Out What He Wants To Do
  • John In LA
  • Cocaine
  • Tension Between Lorne Michaels And John
  • Radio Show
  • Nixon
  • Ramis Recounts
  • Ranch For His Parents
  • Identity Crisis
  • Belushi Disappears For A Nap
  • Lemmings
  • Cultural Icons
  • Rise Of Chevy
  • Chevy Leaving The Show
  • Split Up
  • People Adored Him
  • Spin Cycle
  • Belushi Dead at 33

To download or stream BELUSHI (Music From The Showtime Documentary Film) visit here. The Doc is available to stream on SHOWTIME, and all SHOWTIME partner platforms.