The Blues Brothers covered this for the 1980 film of the same name, starring SNL
royalty Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi as the title duo. The band performed the song, along with Cab Calloway's "Minnie the Moocher
," over the end credits.
Bob Tischler, the soundtrack's producer, told Sound on Sound
the recording was done at Bill Putnam's Universal Recording in Chicago. He explained: "The live area at Universal had a big booth, so we had the horn players in there playing at the same time as everyone else, individually miked with probably Sennheiser 441s. We did everything at once, with baffles around the drums and some of the other instruments, and someone - usually John Belushi - laying down a guide vocal that would subsequently be replaced."
For the film's closing songs, the crowd joins in the performance, so the audience vocals were still needed. The studio booth was big, but not that big. So Tischler took the Chicago recordings to the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, where the scene was filmed, and played them back to the audience so they could sing along and be recorded via the miked stage. Time to get technical: he used "two Ampex 24-track machines that were sync'ed together with SMPTE (time)code" to fuse the elements together for the feel of a live performance.
Nine years later, "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" was released as a single in the UK, backed by "Think
" and it peaked at #12.