The Pulse of Entertainment: ‘Some Kind of Wonderful' Songwriter
John Ellison Re-Releases Classic Single on PopMi Music
by Dr. Eunice Moseley
(September 8, 2023) - "It has been recorded by 73 artists...people don't
know much about the guy who wrote it," said John Ellison when I asked why he re-released his
classic hit "(She's) Some Kind of Wonderful" (PopMi Music).
John, a Canadian-American, told me that because his group Soul Brothers Six were African-Americans,
at the time the single was released in 1967 (Atlantic 2406), he didn't get the public recognition for the hit song even though
it reached 91 on Billboard's Top 100. It was the Rock band Grand Funk Railroad, who covered the single in the mid 1970's that
received the recognition for the single's success, which reach #3 on Billboard's Top 10. The "Some Kind of Wonderful"
single went on to be covered by over 70 artists, which includes Rod Steward, Joss Stone, and Huey Lewis & The News (which
reached #7 on Billboard). Before Grand Funk Railroad released the single in the mid-70s, Fantastic Johnny C released it in
1968 and his cover reached Billboard's Top 100 Chart. The "(She's) Some Kind of Wonderful" single is now certified
"They (Grand Funk Railroad) became known as the originators of the song. Through the years the song
has become a classic," Ellison continued about his lyrical creation. "My manager and I talked about this...he said,
‘We need to do this song under your name."
John Ellison, a Soul, Gospel, Blues and Funk singer, has
been on tour spreading the word that the third most played song in the world is something that he wrote. His new album is
named after the hit single and will be released November 10, 2023. The project offers 12 John Ellison originals. His tour
for the "Some Kind of Wonderful" project was launched in August. He has performed in Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin,
and Minnesota. He will soon arrive to perform his classic during the Radio Wave Festival (September 10th ) in Minnesota and
the Rib Fest (September 16th) in West Virginia.
The BMI Special Citation of Achievement Award recipient garnered
this honor because the single was performed over 4 million times by various artists. Ellison is also a musician that plays
the lead guitar. He enlisted help on the new album from Lucien Matheeuwsen (bass), Peter Bergman (bass), Roger Heijster (drums,
bass, lead guitar, keyboards, and programming), Wiktoria Bialic (drums), and Jay Horns (trumpeter, trombone, and sax). Heijster
produced the album.
"I believe in a higher power. I have faith," John told me when we were talking about
his career experiences. "God puts people in our lives...there's a reason why. My faith has carried me. I met a fellow
in Italy...who said, ‘It's part of God's plan.' I was 17 when I brought a one-way ticket to New York. I had $3.25 and
nowhere to live."
Today he lives off of his God given talent as a musician and songwriter of the 3rd most
played single in the world, which has been covered (released) by over 70 professional artists. West Virginia honored John
Ellison with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2021.
Ellison also has a brand of all-purpose seasoning called Some
Kind of Wonderful, which is low in sodium, has no MSG or Gluten. www.JohnEllisonMusic.com www.WonderfulSeasoning.com
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