Jimmy ‘Orion’ Ellis – Live 1970s

Jimmy Ellis (born February 26, 1945 – died December 12,1998) was born in Orrville, Alabama on February 26th of 1945. The music industry is filled with many strange tales of artists whose lives took unexpected turns on the winding road…

Jimmy Ellis (born February 26, 1945 – died December 12,1998) was born in Orrville, Alabama on February 26th of 1945. The music industry is filled with many strange tales of artists whose lives took unexpected turns on the winding road to success, but the saga of singer Jimmy Ellis is perhaps one of the weirdest of them all. 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]. Ellis hailed from Orrville, Alabama and began his recording career in 1964.

A fine talent in his own right, Ellis recorded the song “I’m Not Trying” (Boblo 536) and the album By Request – Ellis Sings Elvis (Boblo 78-829)

Ellis made a public confession in 1983 admitting he was Orion. He left Sun Records, never again appearing to the public as Orion.

He was gunned down in his Alabama pawn shop December 12, 1998. He was standing before the display counter in Jimmy’s Pawn and Package Store just after noon Saturday when the gunman burst in and, in seconds, turned the quiet shop into a slaughterhouse.

“Mr. Ellis never had time to do nothing or say nothing,” Dallas County Sheriff Harris Huffman Jr. told APB News. “He just opened fire in seconds and hit Mr. Ellis in the side.”