Sunday, September 2, 2012 | Categories: Documentaries |
You know the song.
In 1975, Some Kind of Wonderful was a huge hit for Grand Funk Railroad.
But Some Kind of Wonderful wasn't written by, or even for, Grand Funk.
John Ellison, the lead singer and songwriter for the Soul Brothers Six, wrote it in 1967. It was a hit for the all-black group but it was only played on black radio stations.
It was not until a white group sang it and white radio stations played it, that it turned into a mainstream classic. Since then, more than 50 artists have recorded Some Kind of Wonderful, making it one of the most played songs in pop music history.
John Ellison tells his story in plain language, using words we don't often put on the radio.
The Some Kind of Wonderful Life of John Ellison was produced by Jean Dalrymple.