Francis Dolan Ellis has been Arizona's Official State Balladeer since 1966, as appointed by ten consecutive governors. Governor Sam Goddard made the first appointment. Since then, official balladeers have been appointed in other states. In his role as Balladeer, Dolan has written more than 300 songs and performed them throughout the state and in most U.S. states, as well as in twenty foreign countries. As a musician, Ellis is known for his 12-string guitar, his baritone voice, the songs he writes, and his unique arrangements of other songs. He specializes in songs of Arizona and the American Southwest, but often goes back to his roots as a jazz musician. Dolan pioneered the use of large-screen photography to illustrate his songs.
About Dolan Ellis
Appointed Arizona's Official State Balladeer in 1966. He wrote more than 300 songs about Arizona and the American Southwest.
His roots were in jazz music. He was with The New Christy Minstrels for the group's first five albums, winning a Grammy with them in 1963.
He founded the Arizona Folklore Preserve in Ramsey Canyon in the Huachuca Mountains in 1996.
His parents were farm owners who relocated to Topeka.
He and The New Christy Minstrels were regulars on The Andy Williams Show in the 1960s.
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- The Bombing of Naco , a folksong written by Ellis about the 1929 bombing of Naco by Irish mercenary Patrick Murphy .
- Songwriters from Arizona
- Musicians from Phoenix, Arizona
- Singers from Arizona