ElvisWorld: Orion

Jimmy Ellis was a guy who sounded like Elvis Presley without trying to: here he is doing a Queen Cover: This track ended up on Reader’s Digest Elvis bonus LP to add to the confusion.

He was not Elvis’ half sibling or related in any way, as a documentary about him is suggesting.

Vernon and Gladys both came from large families and Elvis was unique as an only child in his extended family clan. He was famously the only surviving child of a twin birth and less known was that Gladys later miscarried. They wouldn’t have given up a second child.

Ellis did mostly the country rockers and was successful in pulling of a hoax of fans, faking Elvis recordings for the new owner of Sun Records and doing recordings as his persona Orion, based on the Gail Georgio Brewer novel, which frankly, didn’t deserve to be published but has taken on mythic proportions has a buried book.

Eventually Ellis couldn’t cope with the deception and took off his mask on stage. He wasn’t able to continue as a singer under his own name and he returned to normal life operating a pawn shop, where he was killed in 1998 in a robbery.

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2 Responses to ElvisWorld: Orion

  1. EnglishLitGeek says:

    Did you see the Elvis “What If?” documentary by Ian icizzle? Pretty interesting twist. It’s on Youtube.

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