Pee Wee Ellis

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Pee Wee Ellis
Ellis in Milan, 2007.
Ellis in Milan, 2007.
Background information
Birth nameAlfred James Ellis
Also known asPee Wee Ellis
Born(1941-04-21)April 21, 1941
Bradenton, Florida, United States
DiedSeptember 23, 2021(2021-09-23) (aged 80)
GenresFunk, soul, jazz
Occupation(s)Saxophonist, composer, arranger
Instrumentstenor, soprano, alto and baritone saxophones, keyboards and flute[1]
Years active1954–20??
LabelsSkip Records, Minor Music, Gramavision

Alfred James Ellis (April 21, 1941 – September 23, 2021), known as Pee Wee Ellis, was an American saxophonist, composer, and arranger. He was a member of James Brown's band in the 1960s. He was known for writing "Cold Sweat" and "Say It Loud – I'm Black and I'm Proud".

Ellis died on September 23, 2021 at the age of 80.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Pee Wee Ellis credits". allmusic.com. Retrieved July 22, 2009.
  2. Schudel, Matt (September 25, 2021). "Pee Wee Ellis, who helped put the funk in James Brown's music, dies at 80". The Washington Post. Retrieved September 28, 2021.