Pee Wee Ellis, James Brown’s Companion in Funk, Dies at 80

However relentless touring and recording with the James Brown band was grueling, and because the Sixties ended Mr. Ellis determined to return to jazz. Within the Nineteen Seventies he organized and performed the music for full albums by George Benson and Johnny Hammond; he additionally recorded with Esther Phillips, Leon Thomas, Hank Crawford, Shirley Scott,