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Georgia on My Mind

Herb Ellis

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August 4, 1921 - March 28, 2010


Herb Ellis is featured playing a guitar rendition of "Georgia on My Mind" in 2008.


Herb Ellis, guitar
Tal Farlow, guitar
Charlie Byrd, guitar

Mitchell Herb Ellis grew up in Dallas, Texas where he was first inspired to start playing the guitar as a teenager after hearing the electric guitar of George Barnes on the radio.

Herb had already become a formidable instrumentalist by the time he was attending North Texas State University and when was forced to leave school for financial reasons he left to tour with a band from the University of Kansas.

Following a stay with Glen Gray and the "Casa Loma Orchestra" in 1943 where he first gained recognition, Herb Ellis joined Jimmy Dorsey's band with whom he recorded his first solos and traveled extensively.

During the late '40s he collaborated with John Frigo and Lou Carter forming the "Soft Winds" a group which composed the classic standard "Detour Ahead."

In 1953 Ellis joined bassist Ray Brown in the trio of pianist Oscar Peterson where he remained until 1958 achieving his greatest fame.

In 1997 Herb Ellis received an honorary Doctorate from the University of North Texas College of Music.

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