WV Music Hall of Fame Concert
Jan 26, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Carnegie Hall and The West Virginia Music Hall of Fame present an evening of music with John "Some Kind of Wonderful" Ellison and The Carpenter Ants.
Singer/songwriter/guitarist John Ellison was born on the banks of the Kanawha River in a driftwood shack built by his father, a coal miner. When the house washed away in a flood, his family moved to McDowell County. At 18, inspired by Chuck Berry and the desire to leave the coalfields, he quit his job at the Carter Hotel in Welch and boarded a bus for Rochester, NY. In 1966, he joined the Soul Brothers Six, signed with Atlantic Records and, on the way to their first recording session, wrote “Some Kind of Wonderful.” In 1974, Grand Funk Railroad released a version of the song that reached the No. 3 spot in the nation. To date, more than 60 artists have recorded the song. An astute businessman, Ellison retained the rights to his signature song and started his successful Some Kind of Wonderful Foods. Ellison continues to write and record and regularly performs in the U.S. and Europe.
WV’s premier rhythm & blues group, The Carpenter Ants – guitarist Michael Lipton, drummer Jupiter Little, bassist Ted Harrison and vocalist/saxophonist Charlie Tee – have quietly amassed a resume that rivals many national groups. The group’s trademark country-soul sound – rich, soulful harmonies, stinging solos and a rock-solid rhythm section – captures that rare, loose-but-tight feel, and has won the band international as well as regional fans.