Elgin Wells, a longtime veteran of the Atlanta music scene as well as an aerobatic airshow pilot, died on April 25th in Zhengzhou, China when his small plane crashed during practice runs for an upcoming airshow there.
Wells himself designed and built his plane, the Starjammer, which was tricked out with over 250 LEDs and a 4,000-watt soundsystem, so he could choreograph his airshow performances with lights and music for day or nighttime shows.
The Atlanta native began his music career in the early ‘70s, and recorded 13 albums. He was a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist who also designed and built violins and electric guitars. In recent years, Wells gave private music lessons at the Red Clay Music Foundry in Duluth, where he also occasionally performed. His last show there was on October 20th, 2017.