Jimmy Ellis (3)

Jimmy Ellis (3)

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Jimmy Preacher Ellis was born in 1935, in the rural farming community of Foreman, Arkansas. Like most youths, his first singing experience came in church, where he and his brother both sang.
By 1950 Ellis had moved to Seattle, Washington where he began singing in the choir at the nearby Mount Baker Baptist Church. Eventually his vocal talents came to the attention of the Reverend F.F. Billups who asked Jimmy to join The Traveling Four, since their baritone singer had just quit.
By 1955 The Traveling Four split up, and Ellis, now 20 years old, entered the military service.
By the late 1950s, he was back in Seattle and began to seriously pursue his interest in playing the guitar. In spite of his developing instrumental skills, Ellis wasn't quite ready for a solo career. Instead, he recruited former ex-Traveling Four members, Tony Harris and Billy Marshall, to form a doo-wop group called The Centuries.
Finally, in 1964 Ellis became a solo blues act, and a legend was born.

Ellis took the road south to Los Angeles in hope of doing some recording. In the same year he released his debut 45rpm single under his own name. After that he got introduced to Ferdinand 'Fats' Washington who, by this time, had already garnered a well-deserved reputation as one of the finest R&B songwriters in the business.
Washington started his own label called Movin' in the mid 1960s on which Ellis recorded a pair of 45s. Soon later two additional Ellis singles appeared on Ride, another of Washington's record labels.
In 1969 Ellis hooked up with producer Mel Alexander, recording a number of sides for his Kris and Space labels well into the 1970s.
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Jimmy Ellis (3) Discography

Singles & EPs

Jimmy 'Preacher' Ellie* Go Head On / I'm Gonna Do It By Myself (Single) Jewel Records (3) US 1965 Sell This Version
Jimmy Ellis (3) Baby I Love You / Kiddio Ride Records (4) US 2013 Sell This Version
Jimmy "Preacher" Ellis* I'm Gonna Do It By Myself / Go Head On (Single) Record Shack (2) Austria 2013 Sell This Version
Jimmie Ellis* Looking Thru The Eyes Of Love / I Gotta See My Baby (Single) Hip-Delic US Unknown Sell This Version
CСR-511 Jimmie Ellis* Happy To Be (The Man You Like To See) / Looking Through The Eyes Of Love(7") Century City Records CСR-511 US Unknown Sell This Version
144 Jimmie "Preacher" Ellis* Work With What You Got / Fool For A Friend(7") Ride Records (4) 144 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-305-1 Jimmie Ellis* And The 13th Hour Band Jimmie Ellis* And The 13th Hour Band - I Just Wanna Be Myself(7") Space Records (10) 45-305-1 US Unknown Sell This Version
K 8144 Jimmy (Preacher) Ellis* Can't Work & Watch You(7") Kris Records K 8144 US Unknown Sell This Version
1679 Jimmy (Preacher) Ellis* Two Tenors - A Tone And A Bone / (C'mon) Dance To The Drumbeat(7") Kris Records 1679 US Unknown Sell This Version
K-8121 Jimmy Ellis (3) Party Time - Part II(7", Single) Kris Records K-8121 US Unknown Sell This Version
K-8115 Jimmy Ellis (3) Outskirt Of Town Part I / Outskirt Of Town Part II(7") Kris Records K-8115 US Unknown Sell This Version
K-8114 Jimmy Ellis (3) Why I Sing The Blues / Why I Sing The Blues(7", Single) Kris Records K-8114 US Unknown Sell This Version
313 Jimmie "Preacher" Ellis* That's The Way I Am / You Can't Pour Water On Me(7") Hip-Delic 313 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-306 Jimmie (Preacher) Ellis* Don't Tax Me In(7") Space Records (10) 45-306 US Unknown Sell This Version
1001 Jimmy Ellis (3) Heaven Has Blessed You(7", Single) Salem Records 1001 US Unknown Sell This Version
1036 Jimmie (Preacher) Ellis* & The Odd Fellows Jimmie (Preacher) Ellis* & The Odd Fellows - I Gotta See My Baby / Put Your Hoe To My Row (7") Round 1036 US Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

Jimmy "Preacher" Ellis* The Story Of Jimmy Preacher Ellis (Comp) Tramp Records Germany 2013 Sell This Version

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