John Ellison, charismatic creator of the R&B standard “Some Kind of Wonderful”, will knock your socks off with his trademark energy, soulful voice and award-winning lyrics. He impresses with his music and voice and is one of the few remaining soul and blues legends that have made an essential contribution to the development of blues, gospel, soul and funk music in a time of great social change.
John received no fewer than 5 life time BMI achievement awards and was inducted in the Music Hall of Fame and has played with, written for and performed alongside: Nina Simone, James Brown, The Temptations, Wilson Pickett, Grand Funk Railroad, Huey Lewis & the News, Buddy Guy, Joss Stone etc.
John Ellison is Some Kind of Wonderful!
Born 11 August 1941, into an impoverished family in a small coal mining town in West Virginia, a young John started on a difficult career path as a musician experiencing tremendous hardship and violent racism. In the mid-1960s, Ellison traveled to Rochester, New York, where he founded Soul Brothers Six. in 1967, John Ellison wrote what would become one of the most famous songs in the history of popular music - Some Kind of Wonderful, a song that not only conquered the whole world, but also mirrors the musical talent of John and the story of his remarkable live.
In 1987, the book Sweet Soul Music named the Soul Brothers Six as a major influence on the sound of modern music. Not only has the trademark bass line in "Some Kind of Wonderful" been utilized by countless other artists for a variety of different songs, but the song has also earned a spot in music history. More than 60 different artists (Grand Funk Railroad, Buddy Guy, Joss Stone, Conway Twitty, Huey Lewis & the News etc.) have recorded "Some Kind of Wonderful," making it one of the most recorded songs in the history of music.
John’s songwriting proved more: e.g. in the UK the ballad “I’ll Be Loving You” is a popular soul gem, the song “Funky, Funky Way of Making Love” was featured in the movie Lovelace, and Latimore recorded “You Can Count on Me”. After Soul Brother Six John has been releasing several solo albums and has performed regularly throughout Europe, Asia and North America. John has received five live time achievements awards from BMI (in 1995 for writing the third-most played song in the world), was inducted in the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame (2015) and received a lifetime musical achievement award in Canada (2010). In 2012 Ellison released his autobiography, Some Kind of Wonderful: The John Ellison Story. In 2020 John releases the awareness single “Wake-Up Call (Black Like Me)” with good reviews in e.g., Rolling Stone and Forbes Magazine. The song was nominated “Song of the Year 2021” by Pop Awards.
John Ellison impresses with his music and voice and is one of the few remaining soul and blues legends that have made an essential contribution to the development of blues, gospel, soul and funk music in a time of great social change. Together with his amazing Soul Brothers Soul orchestra John is delivering a stunning live show with all his classics and more – John Ellison Live is Some Kind of Wonderful!