That's not a career. Bobby D.: Jimmy Ellis and I met in college at age 18 in 1963. One of the guys asked me if I knew who that was singing on the tape recorder. If he sounds different on them, I will know he is faking. Orion Jimmy Ellis - The Official Web Site Welcome!! How many Elvis tribute artists are still remembered nearly 20 years after their death? The jury recommended Lee be sentenced to life without parole, but the judge sentenced Lee to death. After attended Middle Georgia College and Georgia Southern College before joining the USAF. Orion had several hits on the country music chart, including "Am I That Easy to Forget" (1980), "Rockabilly Rebel" (1981), and "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" (1981). So who is this person a performer whose sad end is one we normally expect from a fabricated and dramatically intensified Hollywood film? Lets hope this music finds a way out at some other point. Then, he introduced me to Jimmy Ellis, the guy by the tape recorder who had said nothing. I had just talked to him on Friday December 11. After his "unmasking" more and more fans accepted Orion was not Elvis, and for those who could not let go of the King a new theory took form - yes the original Orion wasn't Elvis but the real (still alive) Elvis was replacing Jimmy Ellis on stage at various concerts! When you find it, write your name and date in the logbook. Sundance Selects has acquired North American rights to Orion: The Man Who Would Be King, the feature documentary written and directed by Jeanie Finlay. , After Presley died in 1977, Singleton revived the hoax by releasing singles that overdubbed Ellis' voice onto known Sun recordings by Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and others, including a version of "Save the Last Dance For Me,"  on which there was simply a credit to "Friend". Official site; Kenneth Dokkeberg's Jimmy Ellis / Orion website; Musiclovers - Discography, audio samples and a lot more! That eventually led to Sun Records in Nashville. You can see the trailer for the movie and back the project here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/orion-the-man-who-would-be-king. He was professionally known as Orion, and his double-edged claim to fame was that his natural speaking and singing voice sounded almost exactly like that of Elvis Presley. Jimmy Ellis 1937-2012 It is with deep sadness that we report the passing of our friend and original lead singer, Jimmy Ellis, on Thursday, March 8, 2012 in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Please visit my own Jimmy Ellis page for information and links. Jimmy was an accomplished songwriter who could write uptempo, slow and country songs as recordings such as the rockin' Washing Machine, poignant ballad It Ain't No Mystery and catchy, toe tapping Some You Win, Some You Lose, attest to. EIN: Jimmys first Orion album, Reborn. To The Official Orion - Jimmy Ellis Web Site, http://tribecafilm.com/stories/tribeca-film-festival-2015-viewpoints, http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/orion-the-man-who-would-be-king. It will be presented at this years Las Vegas Elvis Fest at the LVH formerly the Las Vegas Hilton on July 11th. She was 16 going on 21 and I was 21. How many Elvis tribute artists made a living without singing Elvis songs for most of their career? Oct 7, 2013 - Orion Jimmy Ellis - The Official Web Site. ***Orion - Jimmy Ellis: The Official Web Site***: (includes news, photo gallery, Books, CDs and DVDs 'For Sale' and 'Free' MP3 downloads), (includes brief Orion biography, worldwide Jimmy Ellis/Orion discography info, bootleg info and gallery of the many different Orion masks), ***Orion Merchandise (available online) from Cafe Press***. We put the official web site www.orionjimmyellis.com together three months before his tragic death in December 1998. We put the official web site www.orionjimmyellis.comtogether three months before his tragic death in December 1998. It is written by myself (Kenneth Dokkeberg), Steve Kelley (Orions road manager) and Bobby Dillard (personal friends since College). Pictures and track listings are shown below of the titles I have managed to source. He started the album on the record player to play Echoes of Love. was blessed with a natural singing voice remarkably similar to Elvis. Scan of New Zealand release of the JERRY LEE LEWIS - DUETS album (Sun L27036). Kenneth Dokkeberg. Super rare memorabilia from the start up of the singing career of Jimmy Ellis! Charlie Rich sang along with Lewis on two other songs. With few bookings for Jimmy Ellis 'live on stage' there was still a substantial (albeit diminishing) demand of fans to satisfy their deep-seated psychological need and hope that their King had not left them. Consequently, this meant Jimmy could only get well paying work if he donned the Orion mask and (to him) even worse, an Elvis jumpsuit. All songs in superb quality, unreleased material from Los Angeles in 75, unrelesased home recordings and soundboard. He and I were alike in that respect. He was professionally known as Orion, and his double-edged claim to fame was that his natural speaking and singing voice sounded almost exactly like that of [Elvis Presley]. was courted for a baseball career and a tryout with the Milwaukie Braves but turned it down. Jimmy Ellis (born February 26, 1945 - died December 12,1998) was born in Orrville, Alabama on February 26th of 1945. Jimmy was a really good guitar player and very musically inclined. Our biography book on Jimmy Ellis is now available here on this website! In high school his teachers encouraged him to sing for the school's "Religious Emphasis Week," leading him to enter his first talent contest in 1963. EIN: Given you have a great singing voice why didnt you pursue a recording/performing career? Copyright the Elvis Information Network. Learn more about merges. Bobby D.: I suppose I just want to continue to help get Jimmys name and talent out there for people to enjoy what was missed. Above images sourced from the official "Orion-Jimmy Ellis" website Genesis.. Jimmy Hughes Bell was born on 26 February 1945 to a single mother (named) Gladys. It doesnt cost a penny but has great impact! In 1962, Ellis entered the Orrville (Alabama) High School talent show. A BRIEF BIOGRAPHY. How did that come about and what can fans expect to find on the site? Some listeners believed that Orion was, in fact, Presley, who had supposedly faked his death. Happy Birthday EIN EIN turns 100 a retrospective! Jimmy Ellis (Orion) - You Don't Have To Say You Love Me (live 1989) 21,230 views Nov 5, 2014 218 Dislike Kenneth Dokkeberg 677 subscribers Jimmy "Orion" Ellis live at Hillbilly Heaven on. The tape recorder was playing the song Echoes of Love from Elvis Kissin Cousins album. Jimmy had the voice and charisma that drew you to him. You tell your friends who tell their friends who tell their friends WHAT IS THUNDERCLAP? How many Elvis tribute artists have had any unofficial album releases let alone 150 bootleg albums released? Evaluating the Jimmy Ellis/Orion legacy..While many continue to dismiss Jimmy Ellis as simply an Elvis imitator, to do so ignores critically important organic elements which place his story on a very different level to that of normal Elvis tribute artists! I do miss playing live. As Jim Ellis, he released an album in 1987 and continued to tour North America; interestingly, he resumed wearing his mask. A special thanks to Shelby Singleton, Sun Records; Bobby Smith, Boblo Records; Wayne Hodge, Stargem Records;Jim Hardin, Kardina Records; and Jerry Adams, Flatland Records, and Nick "Scott" Pettafor producing all the great Orion-Jimmy Ellis-Ellis Jamesmusic that will last a lifetime..Thank you!!! By the late 1980s, Jimmy was again performing on stage in his Orion persona and while not enjoying the buoyant career he had between 1978 and the early 1980s he had regular bookings, including in Europe where he was especially sought after. February 1945 - 13th. My mom had bought me GI Blues and a new record player when I was only 10 years old and I would try to play some of the songs and sing. Bobby D.: Jimmy's story and music is important- he was very talented - and these releases will celebrate his life and career. Shelby Singleton of Sun International decided to disguise Ellis' identity on his first Sun single, "That's All Right (Mama)"/"Blue Moon of Kentucky" (Sun 1129), leaving listeners to speculate that the songs might be alternate takes of Elvis' first first two songs. Very unfortunately, Jimmy Ellis along with his wife, was killed in December the 12th 1998 by a male robber. The guy shot at Jimmy again but missed. He was the one who produced Jimmy Ellis first 45 rpm record Love Is But A Love and Dont Count Your Chickens Before They Hatch recorded at a radio station in Kibbee, GA. Very sadly, it is possible, even probable, Jimmy Ellis never fully realised the enormity and significance of his impact as a recording and performing artist! Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org in Top, Uncategorized and tagged as, 0 Comments / That voice!.While he had a natural Elvis-like singing voice, throughout his adult life Jimmy strove to be recognised as a serious artist in his own right, a person who was inherently a wonderfully talented and gifted entertainer whose magical presence touched many people.That talent was genetically pre-determined and embryonically, DNA dictated.its essence was not because he sounded remarkably like Elvis! Artist of the Year Theme by Foxhound Band Themes. EIN: Does it surprise you that Jimmy still has so many fans nearly 20 years after his tragic death? And, after I heard Jimmy, I knew I was not.>. When Jimmy would come for a visit to my house in the early days, it was like Elvis was comingthere was electricity in the air. An album featuring the duet came out and the controversy really heated up when Good Morning America had the Friends voice scientifically scanned and analyzed and concluded that it could be no one but Presley. 'Elvis: From Louisiana and Memphis 1976' FTD In-depth Review: FTD continues their extensive look at Elvis' performances in 1976 with three July 1976 concerts. The album featured some excellent songs including "Ebony Eyes", "Honey", and "Washing Machine". She is an accomplished documentary film maker with 6+ well known films. EIN: The Jimmy Ellis story "lives on". The apposite outcome saw Jimmy dramatically rip off his Orion mask in frustration during a" live" performance in 1983. We have just received an intro and preview clip of the up coming documentary "Orion The Movie". EIN: Bobby, many thanks for taking time to talk to us today. The controversial 'Reborn' album with its "coffin" cover. I responded: gosh Jimmy what if I did. He used to say: you can sound like other artists and make it but if you sound like Elvis they dont want to play your records. He also started to run a store in Selma, Alabama, with his girlfriend Elaine Thompson. Scan of the cassette release BY REQUEST, ELLIS SINGS ELVIS. Who was he? Scans of the unofficial CD titled JIMMY ELLIS THE SINGLES. Jimmy grinned sleeplessly and said: Ill show you how this works. $4.00 shipping. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________. We were in the same dorm building on campus at Middle Georgia College in Cochran, GA. Every morning from my room I would hear this loping sound of cowboy boots coming down the hall and some guy humming and singing lowly. Spotlight article by Nigel Patterson, June 2014, (for the purposes of this article I will use the term Elvis stylist in reference to the person in question). It will focus on his early years before he became the masked singer Orion. Just before noon, he decided to go by his pawn shop to check on things. James Burton Interview - Rick Nelson & Elvis: Elvis Drummer Jerome "Stump" Monroe EIN Interview: Elvis in 1969 - Ann Moses & Ray ConnollyInterviews: Ernst Jorgensen interview about 'On Stage' and Elvis' Legacy in 2010: 'The Nation's Favourite Elvis Song' Spotlight. With Jerry Adams, Sharon Attaway Nettleton, Gail Brewer-Giorgio, Boomer Castleman. Help us spreadthe word about our cinema releaseby signing up for an ORIONtweetor aFacebookpost here onThunderclap. On this website you will find the latest Orion/Jimmy Ellis news along with other info you might find useful. He then left the store and caught up with his two young friends waiting down the road in a car. What you see is what you get. Think of it as an online flash mob. Join the OrionThunderclap, and you and , "If Elvis is alive,
Bobby D.: As mentioned before, it was Elaine Thompson, Jimmys ex-wife and another lady who normally worked at the store. Anyway, he got that voice from somewhere in his original family.not from Sears, as he once said. The book has been a huge task with 12+ years of research. The leader singer of The Trammps. Today. NASA.gov brings you the latest images, videos and news from America's space agency. Well, once all the other guys left, Jimmy and I sang until late in the night with me strumming a small red guitar he had borrowed and Jimmy and I singing Elvis and Beatles songs. In later years after the breakup with Sun, Jimmy and I got back together for visits in Memphis. Tell us about that. EIN: Bobby, is there anything else you would like to say to our readers and Jimmy Ellis/Orion fans? His natural voice was very similar to the voice of Elvis Presley, read more Support Good Music. In later years after the breakup with Sun, Jimmy and I got back together for visits in Memphis. I miss him a lot! Ellis was gunned Down in His Alabama Pawn Shop December 12, 1998. An attempt to compile a complete list of official DVD recordings by Glimmer Films featuring the U.S.A. recording artist Jimmy Ellis also known as Orion. Memorial ID. JIMMY ELLIS, LTD., LIMITED PARTNERSHIP 1975 CONTRACT RARE! James Hodges Ellis (born James Hughes Bell, February 26, 1945 - December 12, 1998), who used the stage name Orion at times in his career, was an American singer. After the first blast, which left the 53-year-old Ellis mortally wounded and crawling for safety, the gunman turned his weapon on the singer's 44-year-old ex-wife, Elaine Thompson, who was on a stool behind the counter. Many years later, I recorded four songs at Stargem Studios in Nashville, the same studio Jimmy had also recorded at earlier. The label credited the recordings simply to "? A man who for more than 10 years chased a career as a romantic southern crooner with a love of rockabilly and nostalgic love songs. 'The Wedding' Elvis & Priscilla EIN special Spotlight: 'Elvis In Ottawa' Spotlight & Elvis Interview: 'Elvis: Live at the International' Book Review: Elvis By Special Request '71 At 40 (Book Review): "Kissed By Elvis" Janet Fulton Interview: "ReBooked At The International'- in-depth Review: 'The Elvis Files Vol. Informacin detallada del sitio web y la empresa: jean-puy.com Jean Puy un peintre fauve In his insightful interview, Bobby D. reveals what (the real) Jimmy Ellis was like off-stage and covers a range of subjects including: Bobby D. operates the official Jimmy Ellis/Orion website and is a singer himself. I miss him a lot! For the soul singer, member of The Trammps, please see Jimmy Ellis (2) Sites: Wikipedia, orionjimmyellis.com, oriondiscs.com Aliases: Orion had several hits on the country music chart, including "Am I That Easy to Forget" (1980), "Rockabilly Rebel" (1981), and "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" (1981). Given you have a great singing voice why didnt you pursue a recording/performing career? Excitement - Orion (Jimmy Ellis) was fun loving, had a great sense of humor, and a great personality. Boomer on Shelby. As Orion, Ellis reached Billboard's country chart with nine singles. Jimmy Ellis (born February 26, 1945 - died December 12,1998) was born in Orrville, Alabama on February 26th of 1945. We let Bobby hear the record and he liked it but he said that it was too much like Presley, and he didnt think he could do anything with Jimmy.a huge mistake. , On December 12, 1998, Ellis was murdered during a robbery in his store, Jimmy's Pawn Shop. We will review the memorials and decide if they should be merged. It was issued on Sun without an artist name, and created a furor because Ellis bore such an uncanny vocal resemblance to Elvis. http://www.elvisinfonet.com/spotlight-orion-2014.html, The Tonight Show from NY with Jimmy Fallon. In the 2006 EIN article, A Tribute to the "Masked Man": Jimmy Ellis aka "Orion", I observed: Of course his friends knew him from his early days as a child and when he started out as a singer, but this didn't stop the promoters of the "Elvis is alive" conspiracy theory. Could you clarify who was working with him that day? Shipping is at the media rate in the U.S. Click on the LP and 45 rpm records page. His voice was similar to Elvis Presley's, a fact which he and his record company played upon, making some believe that some of his recordings were by Presley, or even that Presley had not died in 1977. Take a look at the following table for more information. No breach of copyright is intended or should be inferred. He released the Country, Rockabilly, and Glory albums in 1980, along with Trio Plus, which featured Orions voice overdubbed on old cuts with Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Charlie Rich. How & where do I sell my Elvis collection? Jim Highley. Bobby D.: Not very much except recording at home when the mood strikes. Wonder how in the world the producer picked an Orion album?? I am looking for information concerning Orion's many concert appearances in the USA and several countries in Europe where he performed. Orion Jimmy Ellis - The Official Web Site Michael Stevens ORION Almost ELVIS Official American Singers Orion Elvis The Man Official Jimmy Ellis "Orien" Graham Carpenter Elvis Aaron Presley Waiting In The Wings Apocalypse Ellis Jimmy Interview As the Orion story unfolded, it was clear these forces played straight to the hearts and deep-seated psychological needs of many Elvis fans! This blog is for preview purposes only and all music downloaded should be deleted within 24 hours. Thanks, Nigel!! It has 408 pages, harcover and a CD included with some of Jimmys finest performances and also unreleased gems from the archives of Sun Records. American vocalist (February 26, 1945 in Orrville, Alabama - December 12, 1998 in Alabama), also known as Jimmy "Orion" Ellis, and known for his close vocal similarity to Elvis. It was part of a comedy sketch with artists not to play.  It was released theatrically in the US by Sundance Selects on December 4, 2015. Allyson Adams 'The Rebel and The King' Interview: EIN interviews John Scheinfeld director of 'Fame & Fortune', Elvis Paradise Hawaiian Interview - with Peter Noone, Sam Thompson, Elvis' bodyguard, 2011 Interview. (much like how each of Elvis' jumpsuits had its own name): ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------, Orion (Jimmy Ellis) with (also in character) members of supergroup KISS, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, ------------------------------------------------------------------------------. Scan of the German cassette release COUNTRY & WESTERN CLASSICS VOL.1 on the Sun/Bellaphon label. A real EP story. At that point Shelby was done with their arrangement and so was Jimmy. ORION: The Man Who Would Be King, a film by Jeanie Finlay tells the story of Jimmy Ellis - an unknown singer plucked from obscurity and thrust into the spotlight as part of a crazy scheme that had him masquerade as Elvis back from the grave. The film is being produced by Jeanie Finlay, a British artist and filmaker. We only index and link to content provided on other servers. I couldnt quite make out the voice. But later after collegeJimmy and I reconnected and had experiences in the 70s where he did various club shows etc., in Macon and other towns. This is the definitive book on a man with the voice of a King. The story of Orion, the singer whose voice bears an incredible likeness to that of Elvis Presley, is an interesting and unusual one to say the least. He began by overdubbing him onto recordings by Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Charlie Rich, and then recording solo albums which many fans thought were better than many of Elvis's later LPs. He had perfect pitch, automatic vibrato, and wide range in his voice. EIN: Jimmys death was tragic! Scan of the Plantation Records cassette release 16 AWARD WINNING COUNTRY SONGS. Death 12 Dec 1998 (aged 53) . A lot of the people traveled many miles to see himsome were on a tour of Nashville from England andGermany andhad made the trip to see Orion. These titles and their eye catching specially made front covers would appear to be exclusively for internet downloads (eg. Love For A Lovely Girl.What A Great Song.BY Lester Brown/ Bob Gibson/ Johdn D Loudermilk. It was obviously a terrible tragedy, and I will never forget the call I got at 11:00 pm on that Saturday night December 12 from Shirley telling me Jimmy was dead. Bobby D.: No, not really. Police later found Lee holed up in a motel about 30 miles outside Atlanta. Our biography book on Jimmy Ellis is now available here on this website! 'The Wedding' Elvis & Priscilla EIN special Spotlight: 'Elvis In Ottawa' Spotlight & Elvis Interview: 'Elvis: Live at the International' Book Review: Elvis By Special Request '71 At 40 (Book Review): "Kissed By Elvis" Janet Fulton Interview: "ReBooked At The International'- in-depth Review: 'The Elvis Files Vol. This boxed set documents Orion's career on the legendary Sun Records label. Before we talk about your friendship with Jimmy Ellis, who is Bobby D? Listeners of Orion were initially split into two camps: those who knew that Orion was Jimmy Ellis just having some fun sounding like Elvis , and others who sincerely believed or wanted to believe that he was truly Elvis coming back on the scene after faking his own death. Born February 26, 1945, Jimmy (Bell) Ellis was adopted and raised in Orrville, Alabama. I was in a small band named the Catalinas in Macon, GA my hometown and loved music. So if you filmed him, recorded him or are in possession of anything I might be interested in then do not hesitate to take contact with me thru my e-mail: email@example.com, All Rights Reserved. This is thebookthat started the Orion legend created by Shelby Singleton at Sun Records. Scans of the COUNTRY FROM THE HEART CD on the Lanier Records label. For unofficial publicity purposes Orion continued to strike a favorite pose for the cover of: (one of nearly 150 'unofficial' Jimmy Ellis/Orion/Ellis James albums - with a striking but obvious graphically altered 'rip-off' cover design/image of the "reborn" Sun Records "Reborn" LP - as with its origination - Orion's facial expression on the cover nicely reflects the album title), The Comeback.While Jimmy probably never wanted to resurrect the Orion character, there was an inevitable comeback. Jimmy said: Ill kill you, and we had a big laugh. the story behind Bobby D's friendship with Jimmy Ellis, how Jimmy felt about his "Orion" character. He travelled to Nashville and tried to break into the music business - but found. Bobby Smith, owner of Boblo Records once told his engineer, Chet Bennett: take him in the studio and record different songs. To see the film clip andmake a donation, pleaseclick on the link below. Touch device users, explore by touch or with swipe gestures. Ellis made a public confession in 1983 admitting he was Orion. If you have further details on any releases not included or would like to trade Orion recordings or material please drop me an email. And, you wonder if helistened to "Ebony Eyes" and the rest of the LP. That's not recording. 17 Comments / He would give you things and himself freely. Cover scans of any CD's on the unofficial Masked Man label. Jimmy Hodges "Orion" Ellis Sr. Ellis recorded an album under his own name, Sometimes Words Just Get In The Way, for a small label in . Leave a comment or question. The Dan Lentino Management Group in Las Vegas is honoring Orion / Jimmy Ellis posthumously with a lifetime achievement award. is the only Elvis stylist to have had bootleg material released more than a dozen labels have released around 150 albums of his studio and live material! Orion in Sweden After winning a state fair competition, his first professional performance was in a Demon's Den nightclub in Albany, Georgia. When autocomplete results are available use up and down arrows to review and enter to select. Leave a comment or question, Jimmy Fallon made a mention of Orion and played snippets of Washing Machine on his show Monday, April 7, 2014.
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