Jimmy "Orion" Ellis

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Jimmy "Orion " Ellis (February 26, 1945 - December 12, 1998) was born in Orrville, Alabama on February 26 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. In 1972, he worked for Sun Records (Presley's label) with producer Shelby Singleton in Nashville. His first two singles were covers of two of Presley's former hits, "That's All Right" and "Blue Moon of Kentucky."

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