Ambrose

Bert Ambrose is the bandleader most often associated with Elsie Carlisle. She recorded with him during the years 1932-1935, often accompanied by singer Sam Browne.

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Ambrose
Ambrose

HAPPY 116th BIRTHDAY, SAM BROWNE!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SAM BROWNE!

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'

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'

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

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“Ambrose’s Jubilee Cavalcade” Side 2 (1935)

“Ambrose’s Jubilee Cavalcade” continues on side two with Elsie Carlisle singing Irving Berlin’s “What’ll I Do?” There are also other songs of the ’20s and ’30s sung by Sam Browne and the Rhythm Sisters.

AMBROSE`S JUBILEE CAVALCADE - Countinued - EMBASSY CLUB LONDON

Ambrose’s Jubilee Cavalcade, Continued – Embassy Club, London

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“Ambrose’s Jubilee Cavalcade” Side 1 (1935)

On March 7, 1935, Ambrose and His Orchestra celebrated the twenty-fifth year of the reign of King George V with selections of songs popular since his accession to the throne. The first side of “Ambrose’s Jubilee Cavalcade,” which covers the years 1910-1923, features Elsie Carlisle singing “Lady Friend” (about a minute into the recording). Sam Browne and the Rhythm Sisters can also be heard in this recording.

AMBROSE`S JUBILEE CAVALCADE - EMBASSY CLUB LONDON - DECCA 12"

Ambrose’s Jubilee Cavalcade – Embassy Club, London – Decca 12″

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“My Old Flame” (1934)

“My Old Flame.” Composed by Arthur Johnston (who also wrote “Pennies from Heaven”), with lyrics by Sam Coslow. Elsie Carlisle with Ambrose and His Orchestra (Embassy Club, London, November 1, 1934). Decca F 5293.

My old flame - Ambrose and his orchestra with Elsie Carlisle

“My Old Flame” – Ambrose and His Orchestra with Elsie Carlisle

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