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Since 2001                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
By Tommy Robinson
This website is a tribute to the U.S. recording artist Jimmy Ellis, and focuses on his many record releases. With releases being made available worldwide and recording for numerous small record labels, Jimmy also recorded under several names, the most famous being masked singer Orion, but recordings were issued under several other identities - Ellis James; Ellis; Steven Silver and The Shadowman. Due to his many aliases his releases can be difficult to track down and trying to build a complete collection of his recordings can prove daunting (and expensive). The aim of this site is to provide a complete worldwide list of all his releases.
JIMMY ELLIS - In The Shadow Of A King

Fantastic new 400 page hardback Orion book

NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE!!!

See NEWS page for more great photos and details of where to order your copy of this heavy book.


Comes with a special 22 track CD containing some great Orion hard to find classics and several new never before released recordings.

This is a high quality, heavy, glossy book jam packed with lots of never before seen colour and black and white photos from all through his life from his days with Tennessee Walking Horses right through his musical career with various record labels.

Glossy paper and great quality photos on every page make this a great addition to an orion fan's collection. Plus lots of great quality newspaper clippings, recording information and many interviews with the people who knew Jimmy Ellis (or Orion). From personal friends to musicians and people in the music business the book is full of fascinating information and insights.


Please Note: This is a Limited Edition publication and when stocks are gone it cannot be repeated.
Get yours now while you still can!!!
SCANS WANTED

Cover and label scans of ANY of the following Orion releases would be very welcome especially the unofficial releases:

Scan of the label/back cover of the Stargem promo CD release ELLIS JAMES SINGS (JE001). Ten track disc from 1990 and sold only at Jimmy's live appearances.

Better quality scans of any CD albums released on the bootleg Gilligan Records label.

Scans of any CD albums released on the bootleg Jack Daniels Records label.

Scans of any CD albums released on the bootleg Orion Records label.

Scans of any CD albums released on the bootleg Masked Man Records label.

Scans of any Ellis/Orion cassettes on the Kardina Records label.

Scans of the bootleg CD album titled JIMMY ELLIS - THE SINGLES.

Scan of the back cover for the orange version of the CD single SUNDAY FATHER on the Lanier Records label.

Scans of the front/back/disc of the Lanier Records album release COUNTRY FROM THE HEART .

Scan of the cassette release BY REQUEST, ELLIS SINGS ELVIS.

Scans of front/back/disc labels for the LP album TRUCKS, TRAINS AND AIRPLANES on the Gusto Records label.

Scan of the cassette release 20 ALL TIME FAVORITES on the Suffolk Marketing record label.

Scans of the German versions of the cassette releases DUETS (Sun/Bellaphon), LET YOUR LOVE FLOW (Sun/Bellaphon) and COUNTRY AND WESTERN CLASSICS VOL.1 (Sun/Bellaphon).

Scan of the cassette release 16 AWARD WINNING COUNTRY SONGS on the Plantation Records label.

Scans of any of the cassette tapes issued by the Jimmy Ellis/Orion Fan Club.

Scan of the 8 Track tape version of the album 20 ALL TIME FAVORITES on the Suffolk Marketing label.

Scan of the 8 Track tape version of the album TRUCKS, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES on the Gusto Records label.

Scans of the covers/labels of the FEELINGS LP album from Sweden.

Any other Jimmy Ellis/Orion worldwide releases not already included on this website.




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Update: 24th. June 2017
THE BEST OF THE WEST VOL.4 German compilation LP album added.
THE BEST OF THE WEST VOL.4 German compilation CD added.
Added scans of Orion Fan Club magazine from April/May 1986.

Last update: 9th. June 2017

Update:
Added alternate cover for USA cassette release 20 ROCKABILLY CLASSICS.
Added better photos of alternate labels for USA DUETS release.
Added Boblo 518 test pressing photos.
Added Boblo 526 test pressing photos.
Added Boblo 536 test pressing photos.
Added better photos of German CD COUNTRY GREATEST HITS.
Rare Gems page added to Singles section and Canadian rarity added.

Last update: 27th. May 2017

Update:
Removed the entry for a Stargem Records 45rpm single release of Feel Right as no evidence has been found of such a release.
Removed the entry for Sun SI-1152 on blue vinyl as no evidence has surfaced of this rumoured release.

Last update: 22nd. May 2017

Update:
German CD release COUNTRY GREATEST HITS added.
German DUETS Club Edition cassette details added.
Sun cassette releases info added.
Better photos of UK SUNRISE LP added.















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ORION IN CONCERT

I am looking for information concerning Orion's many concert appearances in the USA and several countries in Europe where he performed.
If you can provide any additional info, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem, to the list of details in the concert section of this site please get in touch. Dates, venues, photographs would all be of great help. Details of songs performed at any of the listed shows would be especially welcome. Newspaper adverts and reports of his numerous appearances also very much appreciated.
Hopefully in time the details given can be guaranteed  to be100% correct but a great deal more info is required before reaching that stage. If you can help with any small detail please contact me at:

oriondiscs@yahoo.com

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NOTICEBOARD

Got some Orion 45's or albums you no longer need? Then why not have a look at the noticeboard and see if you can help another serious collector fill in a few gaps in his collection. Maybe you've seen one of them offered for sale. If so, then drop him an email with the details.

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If you have further details on any releases not included or would like to trade Orion recordings or material please drop me an email. Scans of sleeves and labels would be of real interest as would track listings of further foreign releases. Welcome also would be details of his concert performances in the U.S.A. and Europe. This site is very much "a work in progress" and is being updated all the time. If you can add to the info given please e-mail me.
Thanks.
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Comments/suggestions welcomed by contacting me at:

oriondiscs@yahoo.com

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SPECIAL THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING FOR PROVIDING MUCH APPRECIATED INFORMATION: RICK ST. PIERRE; SIMON CRISP; JOHN AND RITA KOOFER; CHRIS GILES; STEVE-B; DEBBIE FAYE; SHAWN WALKER; ALLEN DAMRON; JANET & DAVE LOVERIN; LARRY LEWIS; CRAIG LLOYD; JOE SCIBETTA; ROB; PAT LEWIS; NANNETTE CLARK;  WOLFGANG LOCKER; JULIE HENNESSEY; MARC VICH; RAY BERNIER; JANICE HOLLOWAY; JOE PASTOR; ALEX MOES; BRUCE CRUTCHFIELD; STEVEN PETELLE .
THE RECORDINGS LISTED ON THIS WEBSITE ARE NOT FOR SALE UNLESS SPECIFIED AS SUCH.
THE DETAILS HERE ARE OFFERED FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY.

LINKS TO ORION WEBSITES WELCOME.

All trademarks, labels, covers and logos shown on this website are the sole property of the companies concerned and are included here for reference purposes only. This is a fan site.
No breach of copyright is intended or should be inferred.


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