Welcome!!     

To The Official Orion - Jimmy Ellis Web Site


Orion - Who Was That Masked Man

We have a limited supply of this beautiful box set back in stock!!
New CD release to this site....

"On the Road Again"

Recorded LIVE in Jackson, TN, March 13, 1981.  An AWESOME CD in a digipak from Dradco Records and Elvis Unlimited.   This is the last release for 2010.



New CD Added:

Jimmy Ellis Live at Pigeon Forge Grand
Hotel, TN

Recorded Live July 5, 1986


This is another top quality CD package put together
by Kenneth Dookeberg in Norway.  Just can't say enough about the great work this guy does!!



 
The New Boblo CD is Now Available
Go to the Buy Audio CD's Page
!!

We have recently talked to Bobby Smith, and he has announced that he is going to release a new Orion CD of a live show from 1979.  The CD should be ready within the next three weeks. This is going to be a blockbuster CD of material never heard before by the general public and recorded before Orion moved to Nashville with Sun Records.  The cover picture of Orion has also never been seen before.  Bobby Smith, executive producer, was there with Orion when this recording was made so this will be a historic piece of work from the man who discovered Otis Redding.  The CD will be on the Boblo label and will receive wide publicity.    

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Georgia Pines CD - Playground Records Promo Card
Here’s a message from Jim Lancaster at Playground Records in Valparaiso, Florida:

"I wanted to let the Jimmy Ellis Fans know that we have produced a CD that includes Jimmy.
The CD is entitled "Georgia Pines". The CD has 4 cuts on it. The track was recorded at Playground Recording in Valparaiso, Florida in 1972, originally by the band Beaverteeth. This is the same studio where Jimmy recorded the infamous Sun record "That's Alright" and "Blue Moon". Although "Georgia Pines" is included on his CD Jimmy Ellis at Playground, these cuts of "Georgia Pines" were all mixed and mastered at the highest sample rate for pristine audio quality.The CD includes a version performed by Jimmy Ellis, Charlie Silva and Beaverteeth, and Playground artist Jimmy Louis as well as an instrumental track. It is a limited edition CD/EP and is available at
www.playgroundrecordingstudio.com for $7.00 plus $2.00 shipping. For quantity orders you can contact me at bassace123@aol.com for quantity discounts".

Georgia Pines
You Tube Video 

This link is a video that Playground Records made when doing a remix of "Blue Moon of Kentucky".  It includes the musician banter before the actual cut happened.  You can hear Jimmy talking.

Enjoy!!



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRx7ice15YY
NEW CD RELEASE!! 

"Jimmy Ellis At Playground Studio"
(See the Audio CDs page for details)




 


New Release!!

Orion Reborn - The New CD Is Now Available!!
(See the Audio CDs Page) 


 

IN MEMORY OF ORION - JIMMY ELLIS

Sun Records legend Orion (Jimmy Ellis) is known internationally for his gifted singing ability and dynamic personal appearances. He has appeared with Loretta Lynn, Jerry Lee Lewis, Tammy Wynette, Ricky Skaggs, Lee Greenwood, Gary Morris, the Oak Ridge Boys and many many others.

Backed by the Jordanaires and opening act Sherry Carlisle, Orion sang to a packed house on August 12, 1997 at Nashville's Nightlife Theater. In an outstanding article in The Nashville Tennessean newspaper on August 12, 1997, it was reported that "Orion having the same vocal cords as Elvis has been both a kiss and a curse, but Orion sings his own tune!!!"


With or without the famous mask, the voice was the same.  Jimmy Ellis was one of the super-talented, like Elvis, Tom Jones, or Engelbert Humperdinck.  Jimmy used different names in his career to try and break the connection between him and the voice of Elvis Presley - names such as Orion, Ellis James, Steven Silver, and others.  These attempts were futile because the voice was HIS voice no matter what label was put on it. 

Mr. Excitement - Orion (Jimmy Ellis) was fun loving, had a great sense of humor, and a great personality.  He could laugh about most anything...he was alot of fun at home and especially on stage!!

The Final Performance CD is a good example of the kind of interaction and humor Orion had with the audience.  A lot of the people traveled  many miles to see him...some were on a tour of Nashville from England and Germany and had made the trip to see Orion.   That was December 4, 1998 - The Nightlife Theatre in Nashville, TN...what a show!!!


We hope that this web site will in some way bring to light the talent of Jimmy Ellis (Orion) and that it will bring you, as fans, or as new comers,  joy through the love of his music and his short life on this earth.

 


A Special Thanks


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" Petta for producing all the great Orion-Jimmy Ellis-Ellis James music that will last a lifetime.....Thank you!!!