A Limerick from “Radio Magazine” (June, 1934)

A limerick about Elsie Carlisle and Sam Browne:

A crooner named Elsie Carlisle
Is a girl with a very nice stisle;
But the cheek that she gets
From Sam Browne in duets —
Now how can this chap be so visle?”

– B. C. Hilliam, the “Mr. Flotsam” of the musical comedy duo “Flotsam and Jetsam”

Ambrose & His Orchestra (w. Sam Browne & Elsie Carlisle) – “I’m Gonna Wash My Hands of You” (1934)



Sam Browne (March 26, 1898-March 2, 1972) was an English dance band singer in the 1920s-1940s, most famous for his collaboration with Ambrose and His Orchestra and a frequent recording and touring partner of Elsie Carlisle (1931-1936). He made over 2,000 recordings. In addition to working with Ambrose, he was famous for singing with the orchestras of Jack Hylton, Alfredo, Bertini, Harry Bidgood, Harry Hudson, and Lew Stone. He continued to record into the 1950s.

Sam Browne
Sam Browne

Elsie Carlisle in “Pennies from Heaven”

I wonder how many people first encountered Elsie Carlisle’s music through the 1978 Dennis Potter BBC television series Pennies from Heaven (or through the 1981 movie based on it)?

This clip has Cheryl Campbell miming “You’ve Got Me Crying Again”:

Dennis Potter’s ‘Pennies From Heaven’ – ‘You’ve Got Me Crying Again’

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And here is Bob Hoskins miming “The Clouds Will Soon Roll By” (the Ambrose version):

Dennis Potter’s ‘Pennies From Heaven’ – ‘The Clouds Will Soon Roll By’

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"The Idol of the Radio." British dance band singer of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s.