Croonette: An Elsie Carlisle Discography

Table of Contents


Introduction

Elsie Carlisle started her career as a child chorus girl on the late Edwardian stage and effectively retired by the end of the Second World War with the well-earned epithet “Idol of the Radio.” Radio was the medium through which millions had come to love her. She had reached the public through other means as well, including short films and television (when that technology was in its infancy). Yet for an appreciation of her contribution to culture, twenty-first-century connoisseurs of popular song are almost entirely dependent on her voice’s persistence on the brittle shellac records of the time (or on the rare alternatives, primitive plastics or cardboard and acetate). In order to distinguish very similar records from one another and to identify which ones preserve which individual takes of a song, and in order to relate the physical discs to the historical recording sessions, we must rely on the aid of a discography.

Two discographies have been written about Elsie Carlisle’s artistic output. The first, Edward S. Walker’s Elsie Carlisle – With a Different Style, was no doubt impressive when it was published in 1974, but it has been in almost every respect superseded by Richard Johnson’s 1994 Elsie Carlisle: A Discography. Johnson includes extensive information (often based on archival research) about the identity of bands and accompanists, even going so far as to identify individual band personnel. His work is nearly complete; it omits only one Decca Rhythm Maniacs recording (present in Walker but misidentified by Rust and Forbes), two HMV “C” series sides, and two songs on Panachord. It would be hard to improve upon Johnson’s deep knowledge of band personnel, so I do not attempt to do so. Rather, I aim for greater completeness and accuracy, providing more information about known additional takes and identifying the presence of other singers or speakers, using as my primary evidence the labels, the shellac, and the music itself.

I frequently cite other varieties of discography. Ross Laird’s 1996 Moanin’ Low is an ambitious collection of artist discographies documenting the careers of popular female Anglophone singers who recorded from 1920-1933. Laird builds upon Johnson’s work, although the narrower focus of his book necessarily omits the latter half of Elsie’s career. An even more general discography that cannot be overlooked is Brian Rust and Sandy Forbes’s British Dance Bands on Record, which Johnson must have benefited from himself. I also cite the sixth edition of Rust’s Jazz and Ragtime Records.

Label discographies are another useful source of information. I include a few of these in my reference list, but by far the most relevant to the study of Elsie Carlisle’s records is Michael Smith’s two-volume study of the Decca “F” series. No less useful are Mike Thomas’s online resources for British 78 rpm record labels, which provide extraorinarily useful information about some of the less well-documented record companies and which continue to be updated regularly.

In this discography, session descriptions are based primarily on the wording of the record labels themselves and supplemented when necessary with other known information. Dates are mostly taken from Ross Laird’s book, when possible, and from Johnson in other instances. It should be noted that dating Dominion and Imperial records is notoriously difficult, and those dates will probably always remain approximate. For recording locations, we must always depend on Johnson’s unique research.

I wrote the first draft of this new Elsie Carlisle discography while self-isolating during the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. It is based on six years’ worth of notes and observations that I have made while collecting Elsie’s records and creating elsiecarlisle.com. My hope is that by publishing my discography online, I will encourage collectors to help me identify previously unattested takes. One result of Michael Smith’s study of ledgers for the Decca “F” series is that we know that many takes existed at one time that have never been particularly identified “in the wild”; I put these takes in dim, grey italics, but I would encourage anyone who has run across an actual copy of one of them (perhaps as a Decca vinyl test pressing?) to contact me so that I may mark it as confirmed. Likewise, there are a number of record labels that I have not been able to inspect myself; these are in black italics, and I would be most grateful to anyone who can share photographs of the labels so that I may improve my session descriptions. And who knows? Perhaps one of us collectors will someday hear Elsie’s voice on a previously unscrutinized record and enable me to add a few lines to this list.

I would like to express my gratitude to the following people:

  • Enrico Borsetti
  • Terry Brown
  • Robert P. Cachur
  • Michael Fenwick
  • Charles Hippisley-Cox
  • Jonathan David Holmes
  • Clive Hooley
  • Erik Høst
  • Mick Johnson
  • Erin Elisavet Kozak
  • Brett Lowe
  • Barry McCanna
  • Stephen John Paget
  • Ray Pallett
  • Henry Parsons
  • Mike Taylor
  • Mike Thomas
  • Peter Wallace
  • David Weavings
  • John Wright

A. G. Kozak
Berkeley, California
elsiecarlisle.com


Conventions

Basic Session Information

For any given session, this discography attempts to identify singers, speakers, and accompaniment, but not individual band personnel. This information is worded and abbreviated, as much as possible, in accordance with the wording of the record labels. Information in parentheses is supplementary and not on the labels.

If a session header is simply a date, that means either that the artists and accompanists are the same as at the last session, or (in the case of uncredited studio bands) that the accompaniment is similarly uncredited.

NAMES IN ALL CAPS

If a name is capitalized in the session description, that means that the name is actually printed on the label.

Italics

When a take number is listed in dim, grey italics (e.g. the “-1” in “GB-4589-1-2-3”), it means that the take is only attested in Michael Smith’s label discography and nowhere else. If, by any chance, you happen to own that take, please contact me so that I may mark its present existence as having been confirmed.

When a label and catalogue number are italicized (e.g. St 1023), it means that I have yet to inspect that side of the label. If you own that record, please contact me so that I can be sure the description of the session resembles the wording of the label as much as possible.

(Songwriter Names)

Songwriter names are included after each song name inside parentheses. They are written as much as possible just as they are on the labels; exceptions are when a name has been misspelled on labels, or when a known contributor has been omitted from the label.

Underlined Label and Catalogue No.

On occasion, an unissued take can be found on an LP; the LP’s label name and catalogue number will be underlined.

SMALL, BOLD INITIALS AFTER SESSION

Small, bold initials after a session represent salient sources for the information listed (see Sources, below). I have adopted this practice from John Wright’s Len Fillis Discography. I always list BDBR, RJJ, RL, and JRR (see below) when a session is listed in any of those four sources; other texts are referenced by initials only when their contribution to knowledge of a session and its takes is in some way unique or unusual.


Reference List

  • Andrews, Frank and Dean-Myatt, Bill. The Imperial Records. CLPGS Reference Series No. 33. London: City of London Phonograph and Gramophone Society, 2014. (ADM)
  • Andrews, Frank and Smith, Michael. “His Master’s Voice” -- the “C” series. Complete Catalogue of Records. Wells-next-the-Sea: City of London Phonograph and Gramophone Society, 2004. (AS)
  • Badrock, Arthur. Dominion Records: A Catalogue & History. Second Revised Edition. Bournemouth, England, UK: Talking Machine Review, 1986.
  • Badrock, Arthur with Andrews, Frank and Pilcher, Grant. Filmophone Discography. Gillingham, Kent, England, UK: Talking Machine Review, 1998. (AB-Film)
  • Calkin, Graham. “Arthur Calkin with Ray Starita.” Graham Calkin’s Family Webpages. http://www.calkin.co.uk/arthur_chapter3.html (Accessed April 16, 2020).
  • Hayes, J. G. Disc Research England. Rex 8000 Series. 8001 to 10241. Sep. 1933 to March 1948. An A to Z Artist Catalogue. Liverpool: J. G. Hayes, 1974.
  • Hill, Dick. Silvester Ahola: The Gloucester Gabriel. Studies in Jazz, No. 14. Metuchen, New Jersey: The Scarecrow Press, 1993. (DH)
  • “H.M.V.” Melody Maker (Archive: 1926-2000) 2, no 24 (Dec 01, 1927): 1271-1273.
  • Johnson, Richard J. Elsie Carlisle: A Discography. Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire: Richard J. Johnson, 1994. (RJJ)
  • Johnson, Richard J. “Elsie Carlisle (with a different style).” Memory Lane 174 (2012): 22-26; 175 (2012): 39-43; 176 (2012): 32-37; 177 (2012): 38-43.
  • Laird, Ross. Moanin’ Low: A Discography of Female Popular Vocal Recordings, 1920-1933. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1996. (RL)
  • Hughes, Spike. “Decca Days.” Swing Music 1.4 (June 1935): 83-84, 112.
  • “Needlepoint.” “The Gramophone Review.” Melody Maker (Archive: 1926-2000) 2, no. 20 (Aug 01, 1927): 779-786.
  • Pallet, Ray. They Called Him Al: The Musical Life of Al Bowlly. Albany, Georgia, USA: BearManor Media, 2015.
  • Rust, Brian. Jazz and Ragtime Records 1897-1942. Sixth Edition. Free Personal-Use Edition. Littleton, Colorado, USA: Mainspring Press, 2016. (JRR)
  • Rust, Brian and Forbes, Sandy. British Dance Bands on Record, 1911 to 1945, and Supplement. Bungay, Suffolk, UK: Richard Clay, Ltd., 1989. (BDBR)
  • Smith, Michael. Decca Records Company, Ltd. Royal Blue and Gold ‘F’ Series 10 Inch 78 rpm Records. Volumes I and II. Hunstanton: The Whitley Press, 2009. (MS)
  • Thomas, Michael G. “British 78rpm record labels.” Michael Thomas’ Website. http://mgthomas.co.uk/Records/labelindex-A.htm (Accessed April 7, 2020).
  • Walker, Edward S. Elsie Carlisle – With a Different Style: A Discography. Mastin Moor, Chesterfield, UK, 1974. (ESW)
  • Wright, John A. B. “Len Fillis Discography.” r2ok! - a website dedicated to British pre-pop popular music. http://www.r2ok.co.uk/fillis.htm (Accessed April 3, 2020).

Abbreviations

Sources

AB-FilmArthur Badrock. Filmophone Discography.
ADMAndrews and Dean-Myatt. The Imperial Records.
AGKThe evidence of my own collection.
ASAndrews and Smith. “His Master’s Voice” -- the “C” series.
BDBRBrian Rust and Sandy Forbes. British Dance Bands on Record.
DHDick Hill. Silvester Ahola: The Gloucester Gabriel.
ESWEdward S. Walker. “Elsie Carlisle - With a Different Style: A Discography.”
JRRBrian Rust. Jazz and Ragtime Records.
MGTMichael G. Thomas. “British 78rpm record labels.”
MSMichael Smith. Decca Records Company, Ltd. Royal Blue and Gold ‘F’ Series 10 Inch 78 rpm Records.
RJJRichard J. Johnson. Elsie Carlisle: A Discography.
RLRoss Laird. Moanin’ Low.

Record Labels

ArAriel
ColColumbia
DecDecca
DnDominion
EBWEdison Bell Winner
EclEclipse
FilmFilmophone
ImpImperial
ParParlophone
RZRegal Zonophone
StSterno
ZonZonophone

Discography

ELSIE CARLISLE (as MAISIE RAMSEY on Ariel), comedienne, with piano (Carroll Gibbons). Studio B, Hayes, Middlesex, May 25, 1926.

Bb-8425-1-2 Nothing else to do (Bergere-Goodwin-Shay) Commercial test (unissued)
Bb-8426-2 I love my baby (Warren) Zon 2772
Bb-8427-1 So is your old lady (Burke-Dubin) Zon 2757, Ar 940, Ar 1006

RJJ, RL, MGT

Studio B, Hayes, Middlesex, June 21, 1926.

Yy-8563-2 Coming thro’ the cornfield (H. Nicholls) Zon 2772
Yy-8564-1-2 Always (Berlin) Zon unissued
Yy-8565-3 Nobody’s business (Milne-Gaskell) Zon 2757

Richard J. Johnson notes that “[a]ccording to the Recording Ledger, ‘tests of quiet singing’ were made of ‘Coming Thro’ the Cornfield,’ but that “[n]o matrix numbers were allocated to these tests” (1994, 5).

RJJ, RL

ELSIE CARLISLE, comedienne, with piano (Carroll Gibbons). Additional vocals by Carroll Gibbons (-1). Hayes, October 6, 1926.

Yy-9071-1 Oh, my bundle of love (Price-Silver) Zon 2829
Yy-9072-2 I’m flirting with you (Harold Leonard) Zon 2829
Yy-9073-2 Ya gotta know how to love (Green-Warren) Zon 2815 (-1)
Yy-9074-2 My cutey’s due at two-to-two today (von Tilzer-Robin) Zon 2815 (-1)

Richard J. Johnson believes that an Ariel issue was made from this session (1994, 5), but it is probable that he is thinking of Bb-8427-1 on Ariel 940 and 1006, which he omits from his discography.

RJJ, RL

ELSIE CARLISLE, comedienne, with THE GILT-EDGED FOUR. London, February 4, 1927.

WA-4788-1 Meadow lark (Fiorito-Keidel) Col 4275
WA-4789-1-2 How many times? (Irving Berlin) Col unissued
WA-4790-1-2 For my sweetheart (Donaldson-Kahn) Col unissued

RJJ, RL, JRR

London, February 7, 1927.

WA-4805-1 I can’t get over a boy like you (Ruskin-Broones) Col 4275

RJJ, RL, JRR

ELSIE CARLISLE, comedienne, with piano (Carrol Gibbons). Studio B, Small Queens Hall, London, April 5, 1927.

Bb-10514-1-3 Baby (“Castles in the Air”) (Peck-Wenrich) HMV B-2489
Bb-10515-1-2 Ain’t she sweet? (Yellen-Ager) HMV rejected
Bb-10516-1-2 Nesting time (Monaco-Dixon) HMV unissued
Bb-10517-1-2-3 Shepherd of the hills (Horatio Nicholls) HMV unissued

RJJ, RL

ELSIE CARLISLE, comedienne, with piano (Carroll Gibbons) and violin. Studio B, Hayes, May 6, 1927.

Bb-10514-4 Baby (Peck-Wenrich) HMV rejected
Bb-10514-5 Baby (Peck-Wenrich) HMV B-2489
Bb-10515-3-4-5 Ain’t she sweet? (Yellen-Ager) HMV unissued
Bb-10689-2 He’s the last word (Donaldson-Kahn) HMV B-2579
Bb-10690-2-3 Since I found you (Clare-Woods) HMV B-2489

Bb-10514-5 was previously considered to have been rejected by HMV, but David Weavings confirms the existence of an issued record using take -5 with a label that correctly reads “with piano and violin.” He also confirms the existence of Bb-10690-3.

RJJ, RL

ELSIE CARLISLE, comedienne, with piano (Arthur Young) and violin. Studio B, Hayes, August 22, 1927.

Bb-11402-1-2 I’m in love again (Cole Porter) HMV unissued
Bb-11403-2 What’s the use of crying? (Kindel-Forbstein) HMV B-2579
Bb-11404-1-2-3 Song of the wanderer (Neil Moret) HMV unissued

Melody Maker’s reviewer “Needlepoint” supposes the accompanists on (presumably both sides of) HMV B-2489 to be Hugo Rignold on the violin and Arthur Young on the piano (784). The Melody Maker review of HMV B-2579 mentions those two names again as a point of fact (“H.M.V.” 1273).

RJJ, RL

With Ronnie Munro and His Dance Orchestra as THE PARLOPHONE VARIETY COMPANY. London, November 12, 1928.

E-2180-2 Chloe (in “Dance and song medley, part 4”) (Kahn-Moret) Par E-6108

BDBR, RJJ, RL

London, November 13, 1928.

E-2181-2 My inspiration is you (in “Dance and song medley, part 1”) (Leslie-Nicholls) Par E-6107

BDBR, RJJ, RL

ELSIE CARLISLE, the popular comedienne (accompanied by Jay Wilbur and His Orchestra). London, c. December 1928.

1055-1-2 Dada, dada (Dore-LeClerq) Dn A-43
1056-1-2-3 I can’t give you anything but love (McHugh-Fields) Dn A-43

RJJ, RL

ELSIE CARLISLE, celebrated comedienne; piano accomp. by KENNETH BROADBERRY. London, c. January 1929.

1074-2 If I had you (Shapiro-Campbell-Connolly) Dn A-57
1075-1-2 I must be dreaming (Dubin-Flaherty-Sherman) Dn A-57

RJJ, RL

ELSIE CARLISLE, the popular comedienne, vocal; orchestral accompaniment (Jay Wilbur and His Orchestra). London, c. February 1929.

1110-2 Happy days and lonely nights (Rose-Fisher) Dn A-71
1111-2 That Monte Carlo song (Endor-Steinberg) Dn A-71

RJJ, RL

London, c. March 1929.

1147-3 Dreaming of tomorrow (Pola-Cardew) Dn A-83
1148-2 Is there anything wrong in that? (Cleary-Magidson) Dn A-83

RJJ, RL

London, c. May 1929.

1251-4 What is this thing called love? (from Cochran’s 1929 Revue “Wake up and Dream”) (Cole Porter) Dn A-125
1252-2 Let’s do it – let’s fall in love (from Cochran’s 1929 Revue “Wake up and Dream”) (Cole Porter) Dn A-125

RJJ, RL

ELSIE CARLISLE, the celebrated comedienne, vocal; orchestral accompaniment (Jay Wilbur and His Orchestra). London, c. July 1929.

1362-3 Mean to me (Turk-Ahlert) Dn A-168
1363-3 Tell me more about love (Page) Dn A-168

Badrock has 1363-2, not -3 (1986, 17).

RJJ, RL

Vocal refrain for THE RHYTHM MANIACS (Arthur Lally dir.; as PHILIP LEWIS AND HIS DANCE ORCHESTRA on Dec F-1541). Chenil Galleries, King’s Road, Chelsea, London, August 23, 1929.

MB-414-1-2 Why can’t you? (from the film “Say It with Song”) (Jolson-de Sylva-Brown-Henderson) Dec F-1523
MB-415-1 Come on, baby (Gottler-Clare-Pinkard) Retrieval FG-412
MB-415-2 Come on, baby (Gottler-Clare-Pinkard) Dec F-1528
MB-416-1 He’s a good man to have around (Yellen-Ager) Dec F-1541, Retrieval FG-412
MB-416-2 He’s a good man to have around (Yellen-Ager) Dec F-1541

BDBR, RJJ, RL, JRR, MS

ELSIE CARLISLE, the celebrated comedienne, vocal, with orchestral accompaniment (Jay Wilbur dir.). London, c. September 1929.

1446-1 I’ll get by (as long as I have you) (Turk-Ahlert) Dn A-180
1447-2 I’m just in the mood tonight (Leslie-Nicholls) Dn A-180

RJJ, RL

Vocal refrain for The Rhythm Maniacs as PHILIP LEWIS AND HIS ORCHESTRA (Arthur Lally dir.). Chelsea, London, September 14, 1929.

DJ-49-1-2 When my dreams come true (Berlin) Dec F-1539
DJ-50-1-2 To be in love (Turk-Ahlert) Dec F-1541

ESW, DH, RJJ, RL, MS

SHEILA KAY, comedienne, with orchestra (Cecil Norman dir.). London, October 16, 1929.

118-1-2 Through (James V. Monaco) Worldecho A-1012
119-1 Am I blue? (Akst-Clarke) Worldecho A-1012
120-1 He’s a good man to have around (from “Honky Tonk”) (Ager-Yellen) Worldecho A-1013
121-1 I’m doing what I’m doing for love (from “Honky Tonk”) (Ager-Yellen) Worldecho A-1013

David Weavings confirms the matrices on Worldecho A-1013.

RJJ, RL, JRR, MGT

ELSIE CARLISLE, the celebrated comedienne, vocal; orchestral accompaniment (Jay Wilbur dir.). London, c. October 1929.

1531-1-2 Ain’t misbehavin’ (Waller-Brooks-Razaf) Dn A-215
1532-2 Honey (Simons-Gillespie-Whiting) Dn A-215

RJJ, RL

ELSIE CARLISLE, vocal; orchestral accompaniment (Jay Wilbur dir.). London, c. December 1929.

1617-1 I’m “ka-razy” for you (Jolson-Rose-Dreyer) Dn A-235
1618-1-2 The one that I love loves me (Turk-Ahlert) Dn A-235

RJJ, RL

With the Light Opera Company (Ray Noble dir.; other vocalists are Anona Winn and a male quartet). C Studio, Small Queen’s Hall, London, February 28, 1930.

Cc-188897-3 “Darling, I Love You”—Vocal Gems (Hedley-Acres) HMV C-1871

The songs from the musical Darling, I Love You are “Shoo Your Blues Away,” “Now I’m in Love,” “Lovely Lady,” and “I Know Something,” but I have not confirmed which ones Elsie sings.

AS

ELSIE CARLISLE, vocal; orch. accom. (Jay Wilbur dir.). London, March 1930.

1713-1-3-R-R2 Body and soul (Sour-Heyman-Green) Dn C-307
1714-1-2-3-R2 My man o’ war (Williams-Waller-Razaf) Dn C-307, Film 143

Richard J. Johnson thinks that the -R and -R2 matrices may be dubs (1994, 9-10), and I can confirm that 1713-R is a dub of 1713-1. Dominion C-307 was issued both with white and red labels. Only some copies of Filmophone 143 have 1713 on them (with Karl Radlach and His Orchestra [as the HOLLYWOOD DANCE BAND] on the reverse), and on some of them Elsie Carlisle goes under the pseudonym AMY BRUNTON. On the others, a re-recording of the song occurs; see below (Badrock 1998, 3).

RJJ, RL, JRR

ELSIE CARLISLE; orchestral accompaniment (Jay Wilbur dir.). London, August 1930.

5448-1-2-3 Exactly like you (Fields-McHugh) Imp 2318
5449-1-2 I like to do things for you (from the film “King of Jazz”) (Yellen-Ager) Imp 2318

RJJ, RL, AGK

ELSIE CARLISLE; orchestral accompaniment (?Jay Wilbur dir.). London, September 1930.

5464-3 He’s my secret passion (Valentine-Young) Imp 2333
5465-3 I wonder what is really on his mind (Bryan-Ward) Imp 2333

RJJ, RL

London, September 1930.

5464-4-5 He’s my secret passion (Valentine-Young) Imp 2333
5465-4-5-6 I wonder what is really on his mind (Bryan-Ward) Imp 2333

RJJ, RL

ELSIE CARLISLE; orchestral accompaniment. London, September 1930.

5472-2 Goodbye to all that (Harry S. Pepper-Hackforth) Imp 2346
5473-1-2 Little white lies (Walter Donaldson) Imp 2346

RJJ, RL

With Jay Wilbur and His Band. London, September 1930.

5508-2-3 Dada, dada (Dore-LeClerq) (in “Imperial Revels – Part 2 – A Pot Pourri of the Year’s Successes by Famous Imperial Artistes”) Imp 2359

Elsie is introduced in song by John Thorne, Albert Whelan, and Jack Plant. After the refrain of “Dada, Dada,” they bid her farewell.

RJJ, RL

ELSIE CARLISLE; orchestral accompaniment (Jay Wilbur and His Band). London, c. October 1930.

5509-1-2 Wasn’t it nice? (Young-Simons) Imp 2362
5510-1-2 More than you know (Vincent Youmans-Rose-Eliscu) Imp 2362

RJJ, RL, AGK

ELSIE CARLISLE; orchestral accompaniment (Jay Wilbur dir.). London, October 1930.

5535-3-4 Go home and tell your mother (McHugh-Fields) Imp 2381
5536-3-4 Dada! Dada! (Dore-LeClerq) Imp 2381

RJJ, RL

London, December 1930.

5573-2 What good am I without you? (Milton Ager) Imp 2400
5574-1-2 That man of my dreams (Beresford—Croom-Johnson) Imp 2400

RJJ, RL

London, January 1931.

5602-1 My handy man ain’t handy no more (Razaf-Blake) Imp 2439
5603-1-3 You’re driving me crazy (Walter Donaldson) Imp 2439

RJJ, RL

As GRACIE COLLINS, vocal. With orchestral accompaniment (Jay Wilbur dir.). London, February 25, 1931.

JW-173-2-3 He’s not worth your tears (Dixon-Rose-Warren) Ecl 50

Older discographies incorrectly assign take -2 to Elaine Rosslyn.

RJJ, RL, MGT, AGK

Vocal chorus for JACK PAYNE AND HIS B.B.C. DANCE ORCHESTRA. London, March 3, 1931.

CA-11275-1-2 Ten cents a dance (Hart-Rodgers) Col CB-249, Col DO-393

Takes -3 and -4 (unissued) were of Betty Bolton.

BDBR (see Suppl.), RJJ, RL

London, March 31, 1931.

CA-11275-5 Ten cents a dance (Rodgers-Hart) Col CB-249

BDBR, RJJ, RL

ELSIE CARLISLE, vocal; orchestral accompaniment (Jay Wilbur dir.) (-1); piano (and chimes) accompaniment (-2). London, April 1931.

5663-1-2 Ten cents a dance (Rodgers-Hart) Imp 2469 (-1)
5664-2 Crying myself to sleep (Klenner-Wendling) Imp 2469 (-2)

RJJ, RL

ELSIE CARLISLE, vocal; orchestral accompaniment (Jay Wilbur dir.). London, May 1931.

5700 [unknown title] Imp unissued
5701-2 Alone and afraid (Leigh-Trent) Imp 2489

RJJ, RL

London, June 1931.

5717-3 My canary has circles under his eyes (Kohler-Pola-Golden) Imp 2489

RJJ, RL

With Spike Hughes and His Orchestra. London, June 18, 1931.

GB-2920-1-2 Hangin’ on to that man (Myerow-Capano-Filler) Dec rejected

Brian Rust lists two unissued takes of "To Whom It May Concern" as having been recorded with Elsie at this session (GB-2917-1-2; Rust 2016, 858), but GB-2917-2 appears on a CD compilation (KCM003/004), and it is Val Rosing who sings. Moreover, Spike Hughes himself remembered the singer as having been Val Rosing when he wrote about this session (“Decca Days,” 84, 112).

RJJ, RL, JRR

ELSIE CARLISLE, vocal. With orchestral accompaniment (Jay Wilbur dir.). London, July 1931.

5734-1-2 If I had my time over again! (Tilsley-Evans-Stanley) Imp 2511
5735-1-2 You didn’t have to tell me (I knew it all the time) (Donaldson) Imp 2511

RJJ, RL

London, August 1931.

5769-2 Pardon me, pretty baby (Klages-Meskill-Rose) Imp 2532
5770-2 Poor kid (Gilbert-Greer) Imp 2532

RJJ, RL

With Spike Hughes and His Dance Orchestra as ARTHUR LALLY AND THE MILLION-AIRS. Chelsea, London, September 4, 1931.

GB-3182-1-2 Just a dancing sweetheart (Tobias-DeRose) Dec F-2510

BDBR, RJJ, RL, MS

AMY BRUNTON (as ELSIE CARLISLE on some issues); with orchestra. Verbal interjections by unknown person (-1). London, c. November 1931.

F-1890 My man o’ war (Razaf-Williams) Film 143
F-1892 My handy man (Razaf) Film 143 (-1)

Some issues have Dominion matrix 1714 from Dominion C-307 (q.v.) on one side and “Hand me down my walking cane” by Karl Radlach’s orchestra (as the HOLLYWOOD DANCE BAND) on the other. Others have the two Filmophone sides described here. For “My Handy Man” the catalogue is at least sometimes misprinted as “134” (Badrock 1998, 3). Matrix F-1891 for “My handy man” has been reported but not confirmed (Johnson 1994, 14). Michael G. Thomas has December 1931 (“Filmophone”).

RJJ, RL, AB-Film, JRR

SPIKE HUGHES AND HIS DANCE ORCHESTRA with vocal refrain by ELSIE CARLISLE. London, November 18, 1931.

GB-3601-1-2 Hangin’ on to that man (Myerow-Capano-Filler) Dec F-2735, Dec M-1023

RJJ, RL, JRR, MS

With orchestral accompaniment. London, November 19, 1931.

GB-3608-1-2-3 Nobody’s sweetheart (Kahn-Erdman-Meyers-Schoebel) Dec unissued
GB-3609-1-2 (Ladies and gentlemen) That’s love! (from “George White’s Scandals of 1931”) (Brown-Henderson) Living Era AJA-5019

According to Michael Smith, this would have been Decca F-2710, had it been issued (2009, 68). GB-3609-1 was used on Living Era AJA-5019. Barry McCanna confirms GB-3609-2.

RJJ, RL, MS

With narrator HENRY OSCAR, soloists, full chorus, orchestra, and organ (Ray Noble dir.). Kingsway Hall, London, November 24, 1931.

2B-1546-2 The merry widow waltz (Lehár) in “Cavalcade—Descriptive Record (1st Record) (“32 Years of England”) HMV C-2330
2B-1547-1 I’ll make a man of you (Wimperis-Finck) and Twentieth century blues (Noël Coward) in “Cavalcade—Descriptive Record (2nd Record) (“32 Years of England”)” HMV C-2330

AS

ELSIE CARLISLE (with orchestral accompaniment). London, February 8, 1932.

OY-2687-2 To be worthy of you (Davis-Coots) Zon 6069
OY-2688-2 You try somebody else (DeSylva-Brown-Henderson) Zon 6069

RJJ, RL

ELSIE CARLISLE, comedienne, with orchestral accompaniment. London, February 12, 1932.

GB-3954-1-2 I was true (Robinson-Smith) Dec F-2827, Dec M-1127
GB-3955-1-2 One more kiss, then goodnight (Tobias-de Rose) Dec F-2827, Dec M-1127

RJJ, RL, MS

ELSIE CARLISLE (with orchestral accompaniment). Ensemble vocal (-1). London, c. March 1932.

BT-2155 Balls, picnics and parties (Fredericks-Christie) Film 440 (-1)
BT-2156 [Alternate take of either BT2155 or BT2157]
BT-2157 She jumped on her pushbike and pedalled away (Wheldon) Film 440

Some issues labelled AMY BRUNTON.

RJJ, RL

Vocal chorus for RAY STARITA AND HIS AMBASSADORS. Duet with Sam Browne (-1). London, March 2, 1932.

S-2274-3 Leave me alone with my dreams (Gilbert) St 923
S-2277-1 An evening in Caroline (Donaldson) St 928 (-1)

BDBR, RJJ, RL

ELSIE CARLISLE and AL BOWLLY, with orchestral accomp.; announcements by JOHN WATT. Vocal duet. London, March 7, 1932

GA-4069-2 My baby just cares for me (Kahn-Donaldson) (in John Watt’s “Songs from the Shows,” No. 1) Dec K-645

RJJ, RL

With AMBROSE AND HIS ORCHESTRA. Vocal Duet with Sam Browne (-1). London, March 18, 1932.

OB-3045-2 The wedding glide (Hirsch) (in “Dixieland - Medley, Part 1”) HMV B-6163
OB-3046-2 Back home in Tennessee (Donaldson) (in “Dixieland - Medley, Part 2”) HMV B-6163
OB-3048-2 Won’t you come home, Bill Bailey? (Hughie Cannon) HMV B-6162 (-1)

BDBR, RJJ, RL

Vocal chorus for RAY STARITA AND HIS AMBASSADORS. Vocal duet with Sam Browne and Elsie Carlisle (-1). London, April 18, 1932.

S-2372-2 Kiss by kiss (I’m falling in love with you) (Rose-Meskill-Klages) St 952 (-1)
S-2373-2 Snuggled on your shoulder (Young-Lombardo) St 943

BDBR, RJJ, RL

Vocal chorus for RAY STARITA AND HIS AMBASSADORS. Vocal duet with Sam Browne (-1). London, June 15, 1932.

S-2477-2 You’ll find out (Gottler-Treynor) St 984 (-1)
S-2478-3 Let that be a lesson to you (Jones) St 985

BDBR, RJJ, RL

Vocal refrain for AMBROSE AND HIS ORCHESTRA. London, June 17, 1932.

OB-3100-2 ’Leven pounds of heaven (McCarthy-Malneck) HMV B-6200

BDBR, RJJ, RL

ELSIE CARLISLE, comedienne, with orchestra accompaniment. London, June 23, 1932.

GB-4589-1-2-3 ’Leven pounds of heaven (Malneck-McCarthy) Dec F-3038
GB-4590-1-2 Hangin’ on to that man (Myerow-Capano-Filler) Dec F-3038

RJJ, RL, MS

Vocal refrain for AMBROSE AND HIS ORCHESTRA. London, July 13, 1932.

OB-3134-1 The clouds will soon roll by (Woods-Brown) HMV B-6210

BDBR, RJJ, RL

Vocal chorus for RAY STARITA AND HIS AMBASSADORS (as THE TWELVE RHYTHM MONARCHS on Sterno). Duet with unknown vocalist (-1). Duet with a possibly different vocalist (-2). London, September 1, 1932.

S-2557-2 Stop the sun, stop the moon (My man’s gone) (Cook-Robinson-Cook) St 1028
S-2558-2 I heard (Redman-Phillips) St 1023 (-1)
X-148-1 Stop the sun, stop the moon (Cook-Robinson-Cook) 4 in 1 6
X-149-2 I heard (Redman) 4 in 1 5 (-2)

According to Rust and Forbes (1989, 1021), Melody Maker for November 1932 reported that Ray Starita never returned from his summer vacation in America. If so, it is possible that he was absent from this session and the September 15, 1932 one. Rust and Forbes (ibid.) and Johnson (1994, 17) understand that Rudy Starita is the duettist on Sterno 1023 and leave the man on 4 in 1 5 unidentified. Laird identifies both duets as being with Les Allen (1996, 76).

BDBR, RJJ, RL

ELSIE CARLISLE, comedienne, with orchestral accompaniment. Chenil Galleries, London, September 7, 1932.

GB-4844-1-2 The clouds will soon roll by (Woods-Brown) Dec F-3146
GB-4845-1-2 The night when love was born (Young-Oppenheim-Baer) Dec rejected

RJJ, RL, MS

Vocal chorus for RAY STARITA AND HIS AMBASSADORS (as CHICK HALL AND HIS COLLEGIANS on Redwing; as THE TWELVE RHYTHM MONARCHS on 4 in 1 7 from X-161). Duet with Les Allen on (-1); unknown duettist (-2). London, September 15, 1932.

S-2582-2 On a dreamy afternoon (Hargreaves-Damerell-Ewing) St 1026
S-2583-2 Gosh darn (Young-Coots) St 1042 (-1)
S-2584-2 Sweethearts forever (Friend-Caesar) St 1041, Redwing R-1003
S-2607-? On a dreamy afternoon (Hargreaves-Damerell-Ewing) St 1026
X-160-2 On a dreamy afternoon (Hargreaves-Damerell-Ewing) 4 in 1 7
X-161-1 Gosh darn (Young-Coots) 4 in 1 7 (-1)
X-161-2 Gosh darn (Young-Coots) 4 in 1 7 (-2)

On some copies of 4 in 1 7, there is a matrix “160+7” (i.e. 160-2, but with no preceding “X”) that seems to include a dub of S-2582-2, rather than an original recording. Elsie does not sing the other songs on matrices X-160 and X-161. Again, Ray Starita may not have been present (Rust and Forbes 1989, 1021).

BDBR, RJJ, RL, MGT, AGK

ELSIE CARLISLE, comedienne, with orchestral accompaniment. Chelsea Town Hall, London, September 19, 1932.

GB-4844-3-4 The clouds will soon roll by (Woods-Brown) Dec F-3146
GB-4845-3-4 The night when love was born (Baer-Young-Oppenheim) Dec F-3146

RJJ, RL

ELSIE CARLISLE, with instrumental trio. Manchester, September 23, 1932.

KB-134-1-2 We just couldn’t say goodbye (Woods) Dec F-3193
KB-135-1-2 You’re my everything (from “The Laugh Parade”) (Dixon-Young-Warren) Dec F-3193

The “KB” matrices indicate a mobile operation. Laird has London, not Manchester (1996, 76).

RJJ, RL, MS

Vocal refrain for the DURIUM DANCE BAND (Peter Rush dir.). London, September-October 1932

E1103-A-B-C Why waste your tears? (Val Holstius) Durium EN-34

BDBR, RJJ, RL

Vocal chorus for RAY STARITA AND HIS AMBASSADORS (Nat Star dir.; as RUDY STARITA AND HIS AMBASSADORS on 4 in 1). London, November 15, 1932.

S-2692-2 Mad about the boy (from “Words & Music”) (Noel Coward) St 1072
S-2693-2 Rock your cares away (Leon-Towers-Nicholls) St 1072
X-218-2 Rock your cares away (Leon-Towers-Nicholls)/Mad about the boy (Noel Coward) 4 in 1 17

BDBR, RJJ, RL

ELSIE CARLISLE, comedienne, with orchestral accompaniment. London, November 9, 1932.

GB-5146-1-2 How deep is the ocean? (Berlin) Dec F-3269
GB-5147-1-2 Strange as it seems (Razaf-Waller) Dec F-3269

RJJ, RL, MS

ELSIE CARLISLE, vocal, with orchestral accompaniment. London, November 28, 1932.

GB-5256-1-2 Pu-leeze! Mr. Hemingway (Drake-Kent-Silver) Dec F-3312
GB-5257-1-2 Please handle with care (Stride-Ballard) Dec F-3312

RJJ, RL, MS

Vocal chorus for AMBROSE AND HIS ORCHESTRA. Kingsway Hall, London, December 1, 1932.

OB-3494-2 Pu-leeze! Mr. Hemingway (Drake-Kent-Silver) RZ MR-769

BDBR, RJJ, RL

STANLEY LUPINO AND ELSIE CARLISLE (?Arthur Lally dir.). Vocal duet orchestral accompaniment (and ensemble singing) (-1). Vocal duet with orchestral accompaniment (-2). London, December 1, 1932.

GB-5274-1-2-3 I don’t want to go to bed (from “Sleepless Nights”) (Lupino-Gay) Dec F-3319 (-1)
GB-5275-1-2-3 Just one more (from “Sleepless Nights”) (Lupino-Gay) Dec F-3319 (-2)

Arthur Lally appears in a photograph, presumably of this session, along with Elsie Carlisle and Stanley Lupino.

RJJ, RL, MS

Vocal chorus for RUDY STARITA AND HIS BAND (as THE BLUE RAMBLERS on Redwing). Vocal duet with Sam Browne (-1). London, December 5, 1932.

S-2767-3 Pu-leeze! Mr. Hemingway (Drake-Kent-Silver) St 1096
S-2768-1 Let’s put out the lights (Hupfeld) St 1097, Redwing R-1004 (-1)
X-255-2 Let’s put out the lights (Hupfeld) 4 in 1 22 (-1)
X-256-2 Pu-leeze, Mr. Hemingway (Drake-Kent-Silver) 4 in 1 29

BDBR, RJJ, RL

Vocal chorus for Harry Hudson’s Melody Men as ROLANDO AND HIS BLUE SALON ORCHESTRA (as the SCALA DANCE BAND on EBW 5537). Vocal duets with Sam Browne (-1). London, December 20, 1932.

14568-1 Let’s put out the lights (Herman Hupfeld) EBW 5536 (-1)
14569-2 Pu-leeze! Mr. Hemingway (Drake-Kent-Silver) EBW 5536
14570-1 I don’t want to go to bed (from “Sleepless Nights”) (Lupino-Gay) EBW 5537 (-1)

BDBR, RJJ, RL

ELSIE CARLISLE, vocal, with orchestral accompaniment. London, January 13, 1933.

GB-5467-1-2 Fit as a fiddle (Hoffman-Goodhart-Freed) Dec F-3411
GB-5468-1-2 ’Twas only a summer night’s dream (Kahn) Dec F-3411

RJJ, RL, MS

ELSIE CARLISLE, comedienne, with orchestral accompaniment. London, February 14, 1933.

GB-5585-1-2 I wish I knew a bigger word than “love” (Pola-Gideon) Dec F-3435
GB-5586-1-2 Have you ever been lonely? (Brown-De Rose) Dec F-3435

RJJ, RL, MS

ELSIE CARLISLE, vocal, with orchestral accomp. (-1); ELSIE CARLISLE AND SAM BROWNE, vocal duet, with orchestral accompaniment (-2). Unknown speaker (-3). London, March 3, 1933.

GB-5629-1-2 Deep water (Schwartz-Bryan) Dec F-3507 (-1)
GB-5630-1-2 My darling (Hoffman-Brown) Dec F-3507 (-1)
GB-5631-1-2 Sittin’ in the dark (Adamson-Greer) Dec F-3504 (-2) (-3)
GB-5632-1-2 What wouldja like for breakfast? (Kent-Halmy) Dec F-3510 (-2)
GB-5633-1-2 Won’t you stay to tea? (Gordon-Revel) Dec F-3510 (-2)
GB-5634-1-2 Hold up your hands (in the name of the law of love) (Robinson) Dec F-3504 (-2)

RJJ, RL, MS

AMBROSE AND HIS ORCHESTRA. Vocal duet with Sam Browne. London, March 7, 1933.

GB-5651-2 What wouldja like for breakfast? (Halmy-Kent) Br 1486

BDBR, RJJ, RL

With RUDY STARITA AND HIS BAND. Vocal duets with Sam Browne (-1). London, March 8, 1933.

S-2905-2 Sittin’ in the dark (Adamson-Greer) St 1154 (-1)
S-2906-1 My darling (Hoffman-Brown) St 1153
X-318-1 Sittin’ in the dark (Adamson-Greer) 4 in 1 37 (-1)
X-319-1 My darling (Hoffman-Brown) 4 in 1 39

BDBR, RJJ, RL

AMBROSE AND HIS ORCHESTRA. Vocal refrain by Sam Browne, with Elsie Carlisle in extended speaking part. London, March 20, 1933.

GB-5690-3 Under my umbrella (O’Flynn-Meyer-Wendling) Br 1487

BDBR, RJJ, RL

With AMBROSE AND HIS ORCHESTRA (-1); ELSIE CARLISLE, with instr. acc. (Ambrose and His Orchestra, uncredited) (-2). Vocal duet with Sam Browne, with Max Bacon in a speaking part (-3). London, April 7, 1933.

GB-5737-1 Hyde Park Corner (Hargreaves-Damerell-Evans) Br 1495 (-1) (-3)
GB-5739-1-2 No more love (Dubin-Warren) Dec F-3539 (-2)
GB-5740-1-2 The porter’s love song (Razaf-Johnson) Dec F-3539 (-2)

BDBR, RJJ, RL, MS

With OSCAR RABIN AND HIS ROMANY BAND (Harry Davis dir.). Vocal duet with Sam Browne (-1). London, April 7, 1933.

S-2981-2 Three wishes (Furber-Posford) St 1167 (-1)
S-2982-1 Let me give my happiness to you (Furber-Posford) St 1167

BDBR, RJJ, RL

ELSIE CARLISLE, with orchestral accompaniment. London, April 11, 1933.

GB-5747-1-2 The girl next door (Everett-Connor) Dec F-3628

RJJ, RL, MS

Vocal refrain for AMBROSE AND HIS ORCHESTRA. Vocal duet with Sam Browne (-1). London, May 5, 1933.

GB-5848-2 When my little Pomeranian met your little Pekinese (Little-Oppenheim-Schuster) Br 01510 (-1)
GB-5852-2 You’ve got me crying again (Newman-Jones) Br 01523

Edward S. Walker reports GB-5852-1 as being on Grammophon 25232, but this has not been confirmed (1974; Johnson 1994, 22).

ESW, BDBR, RJJ, RL

Vocal chorus for OSCAR RABIN AND HIS ROMANY BAND (as BROCKMAN’S BAND on Plaza and as PHIL CONRAD’S SERENADERS on Lewis). London, May 9, 1933.

S-3002-1 Deep water (Bryan-Schwartz) St 1187
X-362-2 Deep water (Bryan-Schwartz) 4 in 1 44
L-995-1 Deep water (Bryan-Schwartz) Plaza P-103, Lewis L-4

The S-3002-1 matrix is misprinted in the shellac as S-30002.

BDBR, RJJ, RL, MGT

MAURICE WINNICK AND HIS ORCHESTRA. Vocal refrain by Sam Browne with speaking by Sam Browne, Elsie Carlisle, and one unknown person (-1). Vocal duet with Sam Browne with Sam Browne, Elsie Carlisle, and Max Bacon speaking (-2). London, May 16, 1933.

GB-5875-2 Da-dar-da-dar (Evans-Hargreaves-Damerell) Pan 25529 (-1)
GB-5876-2 Seven years with the wrong woman (Miller) Pan 25527 (-2)

BDBR, RL

Elsie Carlisle and Sam Browne as BILLY CLERQ AND LALLIE LACK (as THE MASQUERADERS on Plaza). Vocal duets with orchestral accompaniment. London, June 26, 1933.

S-3095-1 Time to go (Prince-Paisely) St 1222
S-3096-1 That means falling in love (Mac Boyle-David) St 1222
S-3097-1 Just give me the girl (Donaldson) St 1237
S-3098-1 If I were you (I’d fall in love with me) (Clare-Pola) St 1237
X-400-1 That means falling in love/Time to go (Mac Boyle-David/Prince-Paisley) 4 in 1 53
L-1073-1 Time to go (Prince-Paisely) Plaza P-130
L-1074-1 That means falling in love (Mac Boyle-David) Plaza P-130

RJJ, RL

Accompanied by trio. London, July 26, 1933.

GB-6060-1-2 I cover the waterfront (Heyman-Green) Dec rejected

Michael Smith has July 25, 1933 but omits to mention that these takes were not issued (2009, 121).

RJJ, RL, MS

ELSIE CARLISLE, with instrumental accompaniment. London, August 2, 1933.

GB-6060-3 I cover the waterfront (Heyman-Green) Dec F-3628
GB-6072-1-2 Isn’t it heavenly? (Harburg-Meyer) Dec unissued

Michael Smith (2009) does not mention the issued take GB-6060-3.

RJJ, RL

Vocal refrain for AMBROSE AND HIS ORCHESTRA. London, October 5, 1933.

GB-6163-2 ’Leven pounds of heaven (McCarthy-Malneck) (in “Memories of the Mayfair, Part 2”) Br 01605, Dec F-6239

BDBR, RJJ, RL

London, October 10, 1933.

GB-6175-1-2-3 It’s the talk of the town (Symes-Neiburg-Levinson) Br rejected

BDBR, RJJ, RL

ELSIE CARLISLE, with orchestral accompaniment. London, October 13, 1933.

GB-6185-1-2 Snowball (Carmichael-Mercer) Dec F-3696
GB-6186-1-2 It’s the talk of the town (Symes-Neiburg-Levinson) Dec F-3696

Session at 10:30 a.m. (Johnson 1994, 23).

RJJ, RL, MS

Vocal refrain for AMBROSE AND HIS ORCHESTRA. Humming and harsh whispering by orchestra. London, October 13, 1933.

GB-6175-4 It’s the talk of the town (Symes-Neiburg-Levinson) Br 01607

Session at 12:20 p.m. (Johnson 1994, 23).

BDBR, RJJ, RL

ELSIE CARLISLE, with orchestral accompaniment. London, c. November 8, 1933.

GB-6297-1-2 Come up and see me sometime (Alter-Swanstrom) Dec F-3737
GB-6298-1-2 Making conversation (when we ought to be making love) (Carlton-Ritz) Dec F-3737

RJJ, RL, MS

Dubbing session; introduced by CHRISTOPHER STONE. London, December 1, 1933.

GA-6379-2 The Decca A.B.C. part 1 (dub of “I wish I knew a bigger word than ‘love’” from Dec F-3455) Dec K-714

RJJ

Dubbing session with unknown announcer. London, December 7, 1933.

GB-6408-1-2-3 The “Daily Herald” dance medley (part 1) (dub of “Snowball” from Dec F-3696) Dec F-3790

RJJ

ELSIE CARLISLE, with orchestral accompaniment. Unknown voice and sound effects (-1). London, December 19, 1933.

GB-6424-1-2 Did you ever see a dream walking? (from “Sitting Pretty) (Revel-Gordon) Dec F-3812
GB-6425-1-2 On a steamer coming over (Goodman-Bergman-Handman) Dec F-3812 (-1)

RJJ, RL, MS

London, January 2, 1934.

GB-6450-1-2 Without that certain thing (Max and Harry Nesbitt) Dec F-3838
GB-6451-1-2 Who walks in when I walk out? (Goodhart-Hoffman-Freed) Dec F-3838

Stephen John Paget confirms GB-6450-2.

RJJ, MS

Dubbing session. London, January 5, 1934.

GA-6470-1 Elsie Carlisle successes Dec rejected

If it had been issued, this record would have been Decca K-718; the reverse side would have been “Al Bowlly Successes.” The identities of the songs dubbed are unknown.

RJJ, RP

Dubbing session. London, January 17, 1934.

GA-6470-2-3 Elsie Carlisle successes Dec unissued

Same songs as at previous session.

RJJ

Vocal refrain for AMBROSE AND HIS ORCHESTRA. London, February 2, 1934

GB-6525-2 This little piggie went to market (from “Eight Girls in a Boat”) (Coslow-Lewis) Br 01694

BDBR, RJJ

ELSIE CARLISLE, with orchestral accompaniment (?Ambrose and His Orchestra). London, February 7, 1934.

GB-6531-1-2 Gosh! I must be falling in love (Carr-Nesbitt) Dec F-3887
GB-6532-1-2 This little piggie went to market (from “Eight Girls in a Boat”) (Coslow-Lewis) Dec F-3887

Johnson notes that Ambrose’s Orchestra “made the preceding two matrices on the same day,” so it seems all the more likely that they are the uncredited orchestra (1994, 25).

RJJ, MS

SAM BROWNE AND GIRLFRIEND (i.e. Elsie Carlisle) with two pianos (Bobby McGhee and Eddie Carroll). Vocal duets. London, March 2, 1934.

CAR-2593-1 Gee, oh gosh! I’m grateful (Nesbitt Bros.—Carr) RZ MR-1254
CAR-2594-1 What’s good for the goose is good for the gander (Friend) RZ MR-1254

RJJ

ELSIE CARLISLE, with orchestral accompaniment. London, May 18, 1934.

TB-1258-1-2 Little man, you’ve had a busy day (Wayne-Sigler-Hoffman) Dec F-3990
TB-1259-1-2 The show is over (Dubin-Conrad-Coslow) Dec F-3990

RJJ, MS

With Ambrose and His Orchestra. London, June 1, 1934.

TB-1294-1-2 When a woman loves a man (Mercer-Hanighen-Jenkins) Br rejected
TB-1295-1-2 Little man, you’ve had a busy day (Wayne-Sigler-Hoffman) Br rejected

Decca DDV 5003/4 was at one time reported to have used take -1 or -2 of TB-1295, but in fact it uses TB-1295-3 from Brunswick 01790 or 01864.

RJJ

Vocal chorus for AMBROSE AND HIS ORCHESTRA. London, June 12, 1934.

TB-1295-3-4 Little man, you’ve had a busy day (Wayne-Sigler-Hoffman) Br 01790, Br 01864

BDBR, RJJ

ELSIE CARLISLE, with orchestral accompaniment. London, June 14, 1934.

TB-1320-1-2 A place in your heart (Coslow) Dec F-5071
TB-1321-1-2 When a woman loves a man (Mercer-Hanighen-Jenkins) Dec F-5071

RJJ, MS

ELSIE CARLISLE AND SAM BROWNE; vocal duets, with orchestral accomp. With additional speaker (-1). London, June 22, 1934.

TB-1331-1-2 Mr. Magician (won’t you bring my baby back to me) (O’Flynn-Cavanaugh-Weldon) Dec F-5079 (-1)
TB-1332-1-2 My dog loves your dog (from “George White’s Scandals”) (Henderson-Yellen-Caesar) Dec F-5079

RJJ, MS

ELSIE CARLISLE, with orchestral accompaniment. London, July 18, 1934.

TB-1400-1-2 All I do is dream of you (Freed-Skinner-Brown) Dec F-5122
TB-1401-1-2 Drifting tide (Castleton-Williams) Dec F-5122

RJJ, MS

London, August 23, 1934.

TB-1497-1-2 With my eyes wide open I’m dreaming (from “Thank Your Stars”) (Gordon-Revel) Dec F-5173
TB-1498-1-2 The spring don’t mean a thing (Kennedy) Dec F-5173

The composition “The Spring Don’t Mean a Thing to Me” is elsewhere attributed to “Lane Leighton,” a songwriter whom I have failed to identify. Perhaps this record is revealing him to be Jimmy Kennedy?

RJJ, MS

Vocal chorus for AMBROSE AND HIS ORCHESTRA. London, October 24, 1934.

TB-1672-1-2 Who made little boy blue? (Wayne-George) Dec F-5284

RJJ, MS

ELSIE CARLISLE, with orchestral accompaniment. London, October 31, 1934.

TB-1695-1-2 There’s no more you can say (Carter-Delettre) Dec F-5288
TB-1696-1-2 (When your heart’s on fire) Smoke gets in your eyes (Harbach-Kern) Dec F-5288
TB-1697-1-2 Who made little boy blue? (Wayne-George) Dec F-5288
TB-1698-1-2 One little kiss (Kalmar-Ruby) Dec F-5289

RJJ, MS

Vocal chorus for AMBROSE AND HIS ORCHESTRA. Sam Browne vocal with Elsie Carlisle speaking (-1). London, November 1, 1934.

TB-1702-1 My old flame (Johnston-Coslow) Dec F-5293
TB-1703-1-2 (When your heart’s on fire) Smoke gets in your eyes (Harbach-Kern) Dec F-5293, Br A-9676
TB-1704-1-2 Let’s make love (Damerell-Evans) Dec F-5297 (-1)

BDBR, RJJ, MS

Vocal chorus for AMBROSE AND HIS ORCHESTRA. Vocal duets with Sam Browne. Singing by the orchestra (-1). London, November 20, 1934.

GB-6772-1-2 No! No! A thousand times, no! (Sherman-Lewis-Silver) Dec F-5318, Dec F-6926, Br A-81929 (-1)
GB-6777-1-2 I’m gonna wash my hands of you (Pola-Vienna) Dec F-5318

BDBR, RJJ, MS

Vocal chorus for AMBROSE AND HIS ORCHESTRA. Intermittent singing by orchestra. London, December 11, 1934.

GB-6806-1-2 Home, James, and don’t spare the horses (Hillebrand) Dec F-5371, Dec F-6926, Br A-81929

BDBR, RJJ, MS

London, January 3, 1935.

GB-6845-1-2 My kid’s a crooner (Harris-Montgomery) Dec F-5393, Br A-9722

BDBR, RJJ, MS

London, January 11, 1935.

GB-6868-1-2 His majesty the baby (Wayne-Fleeson-Terker) Dec F-5379

Edmund S. Walker has GB-6868-2 appearing on Brunswick A-9722, but this has not been confirmed (1974; Johnson 1994, 28).

ESW, BDBR, RJJ, MS

ELSIE CARLISLE, with orchestral accompaniment. London, January 14, 1935.

GB-6875-1-2 That’s why you need me, dear (Harris-Montgomery) Dec F-5380
GB-6876-1-2 His majesty the baby (Wayne-Fleeson-Terker) Dec F-5380

RJJ, MS

ELSIE CARLISLE, with orchestral accompaniment (probably the Embassy Rhythm Eight). London, February 1, 1935.

GB-6925-1-2 Whisper sweet (Johnson-Trent-Nicholls) Dec F-5436

RJJ, MS

London, February 5, 1935.

GB-6927-1-2 Dancing with my shadow (Woods) Dec F-5436

RJJ, MS

Vocal chorus for AMBROSE AND HIS ORCHESTRA. Vocal duet with Sam Browne (-1). London, February 6, 1935.

GB-6935-1-2 The whistling lover’s waltz (Damerell-Evans) Dec F-5408 (-1)
GB-6936-1-2 Thank you so much, Missus Lowsborough-Goodby (Cole Porter) Dec F-5448

BDBR, RJJ, MS

ELSIE CARLISLE, accompanied by THE EMBASSY [Rhythm] EIGHT. London, February 15, 1935.

GB-6978-1-2 I’ve got an invitation to a dance (Symes-Neiburg-Levinson) Dec F-5456
GB-6979-1-2 I’m afraid to open your letter (Sigler-Goodhart-Hoffman) Dec F-5456

RJJ, MS

With AMBROSE AND HIS ORCHESTRA. Vocals by Elsie Carlisle, Sam Browne, Max Bacon, and others. London, February 15, 1935.

GB-7004-1-2 A story of London life (a musical melodrama), pt. 1 (Webb-Sonin) Dec F-5478
GB-7005-1-2 A story of London life (a musical melodrama), pt. 2 (Webb-Sonin) Dec F-5478

BDBR, RJJ, RF

Vocal chorus for AMBROSE AND HIS ORCHESTRA. With vocals by Elsie Carlisle, Sam Browne, and others, with Sam Browne playing the announcer. London, March 7, 1935.

GA-7010-2 Who’s your lady friend? (David-Lee-Fragson) in “Ambrose’s Jubilee Cavalcade, Part 1” Dec K-750, Dec K-913
GA-7011-3 What’ll I do? (Irving Berlin) in “Ambrose’s Jubilee Cavalcade, Part 2” Dec K-750, Dec K-913

Rust and Forbes note that Decca K-913’s title is simply “25 years of song and melody (parts 1 & 2).”

BDBR, RJJ

Vocal chorus for AMBROSE AND HIS ORCHESTRA. Vocals by Sam Browne, Elsie Carlisle, and the Rhythm Sisters (Kay Munro-Smyth, Helen Raymond, and Jean Conibear). London, March 20, 1935.

GB-7014-1-2 Gertie, the girl with the gong (Sonin-Munro) Dec F-5486

BDBR, RJJ, MS

ELSIE CARLISLE, with orchestral accompaniment. Vocals by orchestra (-1). London, April 18, 1935.

GB-7070-1-2 A little toy piano Dec unissued
GB-7071-1-2 The home where I was born Dec unissued
GB-7097-1-2 Algernon Whifflesnoop John (Evans-Keulman) Dec F-5524
GB-7098-1-2 Sweet Flossie Farmer (the lovely snake charmer) (Dixon-Wrubel) Dec F-5524 (-1)

RJJ, MS

London, May 28, 1935.

GB-7166-1-2 Waiting for the lights to change (Cyril Ray) Dec F-5568
GB-7167-1-2 The gentleman obviously doesn’t believe (Carr-Pola) Dec F-5568

RJJ, MS

With AMBROSE AND HIS ORCHESTRA. London, May 30, 1935.

GB-7186-1-2 Rehearsing a lullaby (Sigler-Goodhart-Hoffman) Dec F-5572

BDBR, RJJ, MS

ELSIE CARLISLE, with orchestral accompaniment (Ambrose and His Orchestra, uncredited) (-1). AMBROSE AND HIS ORCHESTRA; vocal chorus by Elsie Carlisle, Donald Stewart, and the Rhythm Brothers (Ronnie Hill, Clive Errard, and Jack Lorimer) (-2). London, June 20, 1935.

GB-7241-1-2 Mama, I long for a sweetheart (Collazo-Hill-Raven) Dec F-5586 (-1)
GB-7242-1-2 He wooed her and wooed her and wooed her (Lupus-Harrington) Dec F-5586 (-1)
GB-7245-1-2 Fare thee well, Annabelle (from “Sweet Music”) (Dixon-Wrubel) Dec F-5590, Br A-9919 (-2)

BDBR, RJJ, MS

ELSIE CARLISLE, with orchestral accompaniment. London, September 7, 1935.

GB-3769-1-2 Conversation for two (Mysels-Hueston-Emmerich) Dec F-5689
GB-7370-1-2 Star gazing (Symes-Neiburg-Levinson) Dec F-5689

RJJ, MS

London, November 25, 1935.

TB-2010-1-2 The general’s fast asleep (Kennedy-Carr) Dec F-5761
TB-2011-1-2 The little things you used to do (from “Casino de Paree”) (Dubin-Warren) Dec F-5761
TB-2012-1-2 Poor Butterfly (Golden-Hubbel) Dec rejected
TB-2013-1-2 Solitude (De Lange-Mills-Ellington) Dec rejected

Michael Smith misidentifies TB-2012-1-2 and TB-2013-1-2 as appearing on Decca F-5764, when it is really the third takes that do (see next session).

RJJ, MS

London, November 29, 1935.

GTB-2012-3 Poor Butterfly (Golden-Hubbel) Dec F-5764
GTB-2013-3 Solitude (De Lange-Mills-Ellington) Dec F-5764
GB-7527-1-2 Honey coloured moon (from “Music Hath Charms”) (Wayne-Carter) Dec F-5818
GB-7528-1-2 Public sweetheart no. 1 (from “Seeing Stars”) (Broones-John) Dec F-5818

RJJ, MS

London, January 31, 1936.

GB-7659-1-2 With all my heart (from “Her Master’s Voice”) (Kahn-McHugh) Dec F-5902
GB-7660-1-2 My shadow’s where my sweetheart used to be (Carr-Ilda) Dec F-5877
GB-7661-1-2 Up the wooden hill to Bedfordshire (Grey-Connelly) Dec F-5877
GB-7662-1-2 He’s an angel (Hodges) Dec F-5902

RJJ, MS

JACK HARRIS AND HIS ORCHESTRA; vocalist: ELSIE CARLISLE. Vocals by Elsie Carlisle and chorus (-1). London, October 25, 1937.

OEA-5108-1 Moonlight on the waterfall (Williams-Kennedy) HMV BD-5290
OEA-5109-1 I’m a little prairie flower (Sarony-Holmes) HMV BD-5289 (-1)

BDBR, RJJ

JACK HARRIS AND HIS ORCHESTRA; vocalist: ELSIE CARLISLE. Vocals by chorus (-1). London, November 1, 1937.

OEA-5119-1 The girl in the hansom cab (Kennedy) HMV BD-5289 (-1)
OEA-5120-1 The little boy that Santa Claus forgot (Connor-Leach-Kennedy) HMV BD-5290

BDBR, RJJ

ELSIE CARLISLE, vocal with orch. (Ronnie Munro dir.). Vocals by orchestra (-1). Studio No. 1A, Abbey Road, London, November 8, 1937.

OEA-5869-1 Elsie Carlisle medley—part 1 (Intro.: “Gertie the girl with the gong,” “Home, James, and don’t spare the horses,” “No, no, a thousand times no”) HMV BD-476 (-1)
OEA-5870-1 Elsie Carlisle medley—part 2 (Intro.: “Dirty hands, dirty face,” “Little chap with big ideas,” “Little man you’ve had a busy day”) HMV BD-476
OEA-5871-1-2 The parting of the ways HMV unissued
OEA-5872-1-2 The bride comes home (Seymour-Lawnhurst) HMV unissued

RJJ

With JACK HARRIS AND HIS ORCHESTRA. Vocal trio of Elsie Carlisle, Dinah Miller, and Pat Taylor. London, November 29, 1937.

OEA-5142-1 Say “si, si” (Stillman-Lubin-Lecuona) HMV BD-5305, Electrola EG-6243

ESW, BDBR, RJJ

With JACK HARRIS AND HIS ORCHESTRA. Vocal duet with Sam Browne. London, December 14, 1937.

OEA-5146-1 How many rhymes can you get? (Franklin-Friend) HMV BD-5305, Electrola EG-6243

ESW, BDBR, RJJ

ELSIE CARLISLE, vocal, with orch. (George Scott-Wood dir.). Studio No. 1A, Abbey Road, London, December 22, 1937.

OEA-5949-1 I still love to kiss you goodnight (Bullock-Spina) HMV BD-487
OEA-5950-1 Here comes the sandman (Dubin-Warren) HMV BD-490
OEA-5951-1 So many memories (Woods) HMV BD-499
OEA-5952-1 Remember me (Warren-Dubin) HMV BD-490

RJJ

With Jack Harris and His Orchestra (uncredited). Additional choral vocals. Studio 2, Abbey Road, London, January 8, 1938.

OEA-5157-2 Little old lady (Adams-Carmichael) HMV BD-487

RJJ

ELSIE CARLISLE, vocal, with orch. (Ronnie Munro dir.). Abbey Road, London, January 25, 1938.

OEA-5995-1 Little drummer boy (Noel-Pelosi) HMV BD-499
OEA-5996-1 Carlisle Medley no. 2 - part 2 (“I can’t give you anything but love,” “You’re driving me crazy,” “Mean to me”) HMV BD-525
OEA-5997-1 Carlisle Medley no. 2 - part 1 (“What is this thing called love,” “My heart stood still,” “Just one more chance”) HMV BD-525

10 a.m. session (Johnson 1994, 35).

RJJ

ELSIE CARLISLE, vocal, with orch. (George Scott-Wood dir.). Studio No. 2, Abbey Road, London, April 6, 1938.

OEA-6444-1 Somebody’s thinking of you tonight (Schuster-Symes-Powell) HMV BD-544
OEA-6445-1 You’re an education (Dubin-Warren) HMV BD-544

RJJ

ELSIE CARLISLE, vocal, with orchestra (George Scott-Wood dir.). Studio 1A/2, Abbey Road, London, November 10, 1938.

OEA-7055-1 Proud of you (David) HMV BD-611
OEA-7056-1 Everyone must have a sweetheart (Noel-Hart-Grundland) HMV BD-611
OEA-7067-1 Joseph! Joseph! (Cahn-Chaplin) HMV BD-621
OEA-7068-1 Change partners (from the film “Carefree”) (Irving Berlin) HMV BD-621

RJJ

ELSIE CARLISLE, vocal, w. orch. (George Scott-Wood dir.). Studio 1, Abbey Road, London, February 1, 1939.

OEA-7516-1 Two sleepy people (from the film “Thanks for the Memory”) (Loesser-Carmichael) HMV BD-661
OEA-7517-1 The umbrella man (from “These Foolish Things”) (Cavanaugh-Rose-Stock) HMV BD-661
OEA-7518-1 Grandma said (Magidson-Wrubel) HMV BD-663
OEA-7519-1 Deep in a dream (De Lange-Van Heusen) HMV BD-663

RJJ

ELSIE CARLISLE, vocal, with orch. accomp. (Jay Wilbur dir.). Unknown male voice (-1). London, August 4, 1939.

R-3786-1 The moon remembered but you forgot (Gay-Eyton) Rex 9610
R-3787-1 Shabby old cabby (Simon-Stillman) Rex 9610 (-1)

RJJ

ELSIE CARLISLE, with orchestral accompaniment (Jay Wilbur dir.). London, October 6, 1939.

R-3898-1 I poured my heart into a song (Berlin) Rex 9661
R-3899-1 Kiss me goodnight, sergeant-major (Noel-Pelosi) Rex 9646
R-3900-1 Wish me luck (as you wave me goodbye) (from “Shipyard Sally”) (Park—Parr-Davies) Rex 9646

RJJ

Acc. by orchestra (Jay Wilbur dir.). Vocals by Elsie Carlisle and orchestra. London, October 20, 1939.

R-3940-1 Sweet Fanny Adam’s daughter (Sanford) Rex 9661

RJJ

ELSIE CARLISLE (among various other artists). Dubbing session. London, October 25, 1939.

R-3970-1 Wish me luck (as you wave me good-bye) (Park—Parr-Davies) in “Rex marches on - part 1” (dubbed from Rex 9646) Rex 9675

RJJ

ELSIE CARLISLE, vocal, with orchestral accompaniment (Jay Wilbur dir.). London, November 1, 1939.

R-3983-1 My heart belongs to Daddy (Cole Porter) Rex 9674
R-3984-1 A mother’s prayer at twilight (Noel-Pelosi) Rex 9674

RJJ

ELSIE CARLISLE, vocal, with orchestral accompaniment (Jay Wilbur dir.). Vocals by unknown male (?Jay Wilbur) and orchestra (-1). London, November 22, 1939.

R-4065-1-2 Till the lights of London shine again (Connor-Pola) Rex 9693
R-4066-1 Nursie, nursie (Noel-Pelosi) Rex 9693 (-1)

RJJ, MGT

ELSIE CARLISLE, vocal, with orchestral accompaniment (Jay Wilbur dir.). Unknown male speaker (?Jay Wilbur) (-1). London, December 27, 1939.

R-4142-1 Only a glass of champagne (from “Lights Up”) (Wimperis-Gay) Rex 9708 (-1)
R-4143-1 Please leave my butter alone (Mills-Nicholls) Rex 9708

RJJ

ELSIE CARLISLE, vocal, with orchestral accompaniment (Jay Wilbur dir.). London, February 12, 1940.

R-4325-1 Oh, Johnny! Oh, Johnny, Oh! (Rose-Olman) Rex 9734
R-4326-1 Mr. Jones (are you coming to bed?) (Annette Mills) Rex 9734

RJJ

London, April 11, 1940.

R-4520-1-2 Walkin’ thru’ mockin’ bird lane (Peters-Jones) Rex 9775
R-4521-1-2 A little rain must fall (Green-Kaye-Little) Rex 9775

RJJ, MGT

ELSIE CARLISLE, vocal, with novachord accompaniment (?Arthur Young). London, April 11, 1940.

R-4799-1 A nightingale sang in Berkeley Square (from “New Faces”) (Maschwitz-Sherwin) Rex 9816
R-4800-1 Don’t ever pass me by (Watson-Denby) Rex 9816

RJJ

ELSIE CARLISLE, vocal, with instrumental accomp. (Jay Wilbur dir.). Vocals by orchestra (-1). London, August 8, 1940.

(D)R-4936-2 Tiggerty-Boo (Hallifax) Rex 9847 (-1)
R-4937-2 Shake down the stars (De Lange-Van Heusen) Rex 9847

RJJ

ELSIE CARLISLE, vocal, with instrumental accompaniment (Jay Wilbur dir.). London, October 9, 1940.

R-5043-1 I’ll never smile again until I smile at you (Ruth Lowe) Rex 9872
R-5044-1 Never took a lesson in my life (Lawrence-Poore) Rex 9872

RJJ

Acc. by novachord (Arthur Young). London, November 1, 1940.

R-5071-1 All the things you are (Hammerstein-Kern) Rex 9882
R-5072-1 Until you fall in love (Carr-Popplewell) Rex 9882

RJJ

ELSIE CARLISLE, vocal, with orchestral accompaniment (Jay Wilbur dir.). London, December 31, 1940.

R-5203-1 Oh! What a surprise for the du-ce! (He can’t put it over the Greeks) (Casiroli-Park) Rex 9904
R-5204-1 When the blackbird says ‘bye bye’ (Noel-Pelosi) Rex 9904

RJJ

With instrumental acc. (Jay Wilbur dir.). London, February 10, 1941.

R-5333-1 We three (Robertson-Cogane-Mysels) Rex 9934
R-5334-1 Room five hundred and four (Maschwitz-Posford) Rex 9934

RJJ

ELSIE CARLISLE, vocal, with orchestral accompaniment (Jay Wilbur dir.). London, April 9, 1941.

R-5566-1 When that man is dead and gone (Berlin) Rex 9960
R-5567-1 The little boy who never told a lie (Connor-Sherwin) Rex 9960

RJJ

London, May 22, 1941.

R-5781-2 Yes, my darling daughter (Lawrence-Sirmay) Rex 9989
R-5782-2 Let there be love (Grant-Rand) Rex 9989

RJJ

ELSIE CARLISLE, vocal, with orchestral accomp. (Jay Wilbur dir.). Shout from orchestra (-1). London, June 24, 1941.

R-5917-1 Calliope Jane (from “Road Show”) (Carmichael) Rex 10008
R-5918-1 Sergeant Sally (is coming home on leave) (Kennedy-Evans) Rex 10008 (-1)

RJJ

ELSIE CARLISLE, vocal, with orchestral accomp. (Jay Wilbur dir.). Vocals by orchestra (-1). London, July 4, 1941.

R-5971-2 The hut-sut song (Killion-McMichael-Owens) Rex 10021 (-1)
R-5972-1 She had those dark and dreamy eyes (Douglas-Hughes) Rex 10021

RJJ

Acc. by orchestra (Jay Wilbur dir.). Vocals by orchestra (-1). London, September 30, 1941.

R-6310-1 The band played on (Palmer-Ward) Rex 10055 (-1)
R-6311-1 We both told a lie (Noel-Messini) Rex 10055

RJJ

ELSIE CARLISLE, vocal, with orchestral accomp. (Jay Wilbur dir.). Vocals by orchestra (-1). London, November 14, 1941.

R-6411-1 Ma-Ma-Maria (fee-dle, ee-dle-lee, feedle, ee-dle-la) (Lewis-Stock-Rose) Rex 10067 (-1)
R-6412-1-2 You and I (Willson) Rex 10067

RJJ, MGT

ELSIE CARLISLE, vocal, with orchestral accomp. (Jay Wilbur dir.). London, December 19, 1941.

R-6580-2 Why don’t we do this more often? (Newman-Wrubel) Rex 10092
R-6581-2 You’re in my arms (and a million miles away) (from “Get a Load of This”) (Popplewell-Carr) Rex 10092

RJJ

ELSIE CARLISLE, vocal, accompanied by JAY WILBUR AND HIS BAND. London, January 27, 1942.

R-6600-2 Rose O’Day (the filla-ga-dusha song) (Tobias-Lewis) Rex 10106
R-6601-2 Rustic rhapsody (George-Erikson) Rex 10106

RJJ

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