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Subject: Morris Ellis, Musician performed with Peabo Bryson, the Chi-Lites, Donny Hathaway, The Dells, Jerry Butler, More

Dead at 88
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Date Posted: Tuesday, September 12, 12:24:17pm

b. Morris Ellis Sr., 23rd May 1929, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

d. 1st September 2017, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

Morris Ellis, of the Morris Orchestra, has died. He was 88.

Morris led The Morris Ellis Orchestra for many years and was an accomplished trombone player.

He performed for many musicians, including Peabo Bryson, The Chi-Lites (‘A Letter To Myself’), Donny Hathaway (‘Everything Is Everything’), The Dells (‘Freedom Means’), The Impressions, Jerry Butler (‘The Spice Of Life’), Walter Jackson (‘Feeling Good’), Loleatta Holloway (‘Loleatta’), Eugene Record (‘Overdose Of Joy’), The Valentine Brothers and Ramsey Lewis amongst others.

Morris was a student in high school at Jean Baptiste Point DuSable High School in Chicago and was a graduate of Howard University.

Morris worked in Chicago's Juvenile court for 12 years.
His orchestra also backed many famous stars such as Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr., Natalie Cole, Diane Carol, and Joe Williams.

The orchestra performed at the inauguration of Chicago’s Mayor Harold Washington.
Morris retired in 2010.


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