4 June 1957, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Like many American musicians of his generation, Ellis first took up the guitar at the age of seven, inspired by groups in the late 60s British blues rock invasion. While playing in rock bands, he took an increasing interest in the work of Howlin Wolf, Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker and particularly in guitarists Freddie King, Buddy Guy and Magic Sam. Returning from Florida in 1979, he joined the Alley Cats, a blues band that also featured future Fabulous Thunderbirds bass player Preston Hubbard. Two years later, Ellis formed the Heartfixers with veteran harmonica player Chicago Bob Nelson. Their debut album helped to make them the citys foremost blues rock band. With Nelsons departure, the band moved to Landslide and Ellis took over lead vocals. The release of a live album and 1986s Cool On It and their supporting role on Nappy Browns comeback set Tore Up brought them attention in America and...
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