John Ellison

Born into an impoverished family in a small coal mining town in West Virginia and since relocated to Dundas, Ontario, John Ellison is best known as lead guitarist, singer, and songwriter for Rochester, New York’s Soul Brothers Six. He famously wrote the band’s defining hit, "(She's) Some Kind of Wonderful," scribbling the song on a paper bag in about 20 minutes while en route to a Philadelphia studio in 1967. The song helped the band land a label deal with Atlantic and reached number 91 on the US Billboard chart. (More than 50 artists have since recorded "She's Some Kind of Wonderful," making it one of the most recorded songs in the history of music; in 1994, BMI honoured "Some Kind of Wonderful" as the "third most performed song in the world.") After the Soul Brothers Six broke up in the 1970s, Ellison continued to record and perform. In 1993 he released his first solo album, Welcome Back, followed by Missing You in 2000. In 2007, he released his third solo album, Back. He is a regular performer at the Nice Jazz Festival in France, and also performs regularly throughout Europe, Asia and North America.  

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