John Ellis was the lyricist of the song "Sinjur Ġib il-Paċi"  by The Tramps, winner of the Festival Internazzjonali tal-Kanzunetta Maltija 1981. John is also credited with a number of tracks in the album released in 1981 entitled 'Sinjur Ġib il-Paċi' by the Tramps.
John was a teacher by career. He taught in primary and secondary levels and in government evening classes. He was also a head of school. He taught Latin, Greek and other subjects.
John died on 21 August 2017.
- Malta, The Youth Choir. "Sinjur Ġib il-Paċi" (in en-GB). Benedict XVI in Malta. https://sites.google.com/site/youthchoirmalta/music/sinjur-gib-il-paci.
- Ltd, Allied Newspapers. "Anton Mercieca and John Ellis" (in en-GB). Times of Malta. https://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20170822/social/Anton-Mercieca-and-John-Ellis.656196.