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(Bluefield, W.Va.)—NEWS RELEASE:  When he visits Bluefield State College later this month, John Ellison will be returning to the area of his youth.  Ellison, who wrote and recorded "Some Kind of Wonderful," a song that has been played more than 4 million times on radio since he introduced it in the 1960s, will deliver two programs at BSC's Basic Science Auditorium, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., October 23.  Both programs are open to the public, free of charge.
 
Recently honored with a "Because of You" award at the 2013 Miners' Celebration in Beckley, Ellison was born and raised in the coal mining community of Landgraff in McDowell County.  He moved to Rochester, NY, eventually joined the R&B group the "Soul Brothers Six," and recorded "Some Kind of Wonderful.  Since his introduction of the song in 1967, it has been recorded by approximately 60 artists, including Grand Funk Railroad.
 
"I never dreamed it would have the effect it has had on popular music," Ellison noted.  "The lyrics are simple and relatable.  Maybe that's why so many people admire it."
 
During his presentations at BSC, Ellison will talk about his youth, growing up in West Virginia coal country in a home with no running water, scarce food, and hand-me-down clothes.  He'll also talk about the importance of holding onto a dream, never giving up, and realizing that faith, focus, and hard work are the keys that can help anyone succeed.
 
Ellison will sing his signature song, along with other original songs that salute the hard working coal miners of the state.  "John Ellison's message is tremendously inspirational and his music is unforgettable," observed Dr. Marsha Krotseng, BSC's president.  "We hope the community takes advantage of this wonderful opportunity to meet John and be inspired by his story."
 
In addition to the free admission programs at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. at BSC, there will be a reception after Ellison's 7 p.m. performance, during which members of the audience will have an opportunity to talk with him.
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