This is a small page dedicated to the great singer/entertainer Jimmy Ellis, also known as Orion.
Jimmy Ellis was born in 1945 in Orrville, Alabama. He begun his recording career with the label Dradco in 1964. In 1972 he recorded for Shelby Singleton his version of Elvis first single: That's All Right and Blue Moon of Kentucky. It was released on Sun Records without an artist credit. After recording for some other companies, Ellis signed with Shelby Singleton at Sun in November of 1978.
He gained national recognition anonymously in early 1979 with his first Sun release, Save The Last Dance For Me, which featured his voice over-dubbed onto a Jerry Lee Lewis cut. The duet, credited to "Jerry Lee Lewis and friend", stayed on Billboard's Top 20 charts for weeks and became the subject of wild speculation from DJ's, and club owners, and fans alike about the identy of the mystery partner. The single was followed by the album, and Sun Records was accused of releasing old recordings of Jerry Lee teamed with Elvis. The TV show "Good Morning America" actually did a 'scientific voice scan' of the unidentified voice and concluded it belonged to Elvis.
Later Sun Records released a single, Ebony Eyes, and then an album. The cover of this LP 'Reborn', pictured a ghostly singer wearing a Lone Ranger-type mask rising from a coffin. This time the singer also had a name, it was 'Orion Eckley Darnell'. Sun launched a massive promotional campaign on Orion and in 1981 Orion has been rated one of the three most promesing male country artists by 'Cashbox', released four albums and drew large, enthusiastic crowds at his concerts.
After two years Ellis got tired of pretending to be somebody else. When his Sun contract came to a close in 1983, before a capacity crowd at the Eastern States Exposition, he stripped of his mask and vowed never to hide behind it again. Well it didn't worked out that way. In 1987 he became Orion again, with mask and all.
Very unfortunately, Jimmy Ellis along with his wife, was killed in December the 12th 1998 by a male robber. The world lost a great singer.
- www.orionjimmyellis.com - official site
- www.orionstc.com - Kenneth Dokkeberg's Jimmy Ellis / Orion web site
- www.loecker.ch - Discography, audio samples and a lot more!
- http://orionmusic.tripod.com/index.html - This site is a collection of data about the recorded music and performances of Jimmy Ellis.
- http://user.tninet.se/~qzw223t/orionrecords.htm - A list of Jimmy Ellis records (not complete).
- www.geocities.com/orionje/orion.html - A Complete show in Real Audio
- http://uscccnii2000.tripod.com/jimmyorionellis - Jimmy Orion Ellis - The Farewell.
- www.geocities.com/jimmyorionellis/orion.html - Jimmy Ellis last live recordings in concert, sound clips.
- www.ladyluckmusic.com/artists/jimmyellis - Biography and sound clip.
- http://susning.nu/Jimmy_Ellis - Jimmy Ellis biography in Swedish
- http://musicmoz.org/Bands_and_Artists/E/Ellis,_Jimmy/ - Jimmy Ellis at Musicmoz
- www.rockabillyhall.com/Orion1.html - The story of Orion/Jimmy Ellis by Rockabilly Hall of Fame
- http://members.fortunecity.com/oriondiscs/index.html - Orion discs
- http://orion20004.tripod.com/orionpage/ - Memories Of Orion
- http://medlem.spray.se/jimmyellis/ - The ultra rare homepage of Jimmy Ellis
- www.geocities.com/tributetojimmyellis/index.html - An Elvis Fan 2001 tribute to Jimmy Ellis
- www.flatlandrecords.com - Jimmy Ellis CD at Flatland Records
- www.elviscollector.business.t-online.de/_Orion__On_DVD/_orion__on_dvd.html - Orion on DVD
- http://jimmyellis.meetup.com/ - Jimmy Ellis Meetup Groups
- www.geocities.com/purediamonds_uk/ - The website of Tommy Robinson, collector of Elvis and Elvis related recordings, including Jimmy Ellis records and videos.
- www.bear-family.de - Here you can by CD's and LP's with Jimmy
- www.inmusicwetrust.com/articles/22f04.html - "Thank you masked man" - article about Jimmy
- http://pages.sbcglobal.net/king_video/kvo.htm - Jimmy Ellis videos at "King Video"
- www.chetbennettsoundz.com/gallery/ - Jimmy Ellis photos at Chet Bennett Soundz
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