Elsie Carlisle https://www.elsiecarlisle.com "The Idol of the Radio." British dance band singer of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:33:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 https://www.elsiecarlisle.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/cropped-site-icon-32x32.png Elsie Carlisle https://www.elsiecarlisle.com 32 32 “My Canary Has Circles Under His Eyes” (1931) https://www.elsiecarlisle.com/my-canary-has-circles-under-his-eyes/ https://www.elsiecarlisle.com/my-canary-has-circles-under-his-eyes/#respond Sat, 10 Jun 2017 03:53:50 +0000 https://www.elsiecarlisle.com/?p=8808 "My Canary Has Circles Under His Eyes" featured image. Detail from original sheet music.
“My Canary Has Circles Under His Eyes.” Words by Ted Koehler and Eddie Pola, music by Jack Golden (1931). Recorded by Elsie Carlisle under the musical direction of Jay Wilbur on c. June 10, 1931. Imperial 2489 mx. 5717-3. Personnel: Jay Wilbur dir. Laurie Payne-Jimmy Gordon-cl-as-bar / George Clarkson-cl-ts / Norman Cole-?George Melachrino-vn / Billy … Continue reading “My Canary Has Circles Under His Eyes” (1931)

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“Deep Water” (two versions; 1933) https://www.elsiecarlisle.com/deep-water/ https://www.elsiecarlisle.com/deep-water/#respond Tue, 09 May 2017 00:20:06 +0000 http://www.elsiecarlisle.com/?p=916 "Deep Water" featured image. Detail from John Tenniel's illustration of the Pool of Tears in Lewis's Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland."
“Deep Water” was composed by Hungarian-born Tin Pan Alley composer Jean Schwartz, with words by Canadian lyricist Alfred Bryan. The song employs an extended metaphor of shipwreck to describe emotional distress and a feeling of desperate loneliness. The singer complains of being submerged in deep seawater and asks for an oar, a lifeline, or, failing … Continue reading “Deep Water” (two versions; 1933)

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“Since I Found You” (1927) https://www.elsiecarlisle.com/since-i-found-you/ https://www.elsiecarlisle.com/since-i-found-you/#respond Sat, 06 May 2017 03:23:10 +0000 http://www.elsiecarlisle.com/?p=8741 "Since I Found You" featured image. Detail from the original sheet music.
“Since I Found You.” Words by Sidney Clare, music by Harry Woods. Recorded by Elsie Carlisle at Studio B, Hayes, Middlesex, on May 6, 1927. HMV B. 2489. Elsie Carlisle – “Since I Found You” (1927) Video by David Weavings (YouTube) “Since I Found You” is an effusive love song, but one vague on details: … Continue reading “Since I Found You” (1927)

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“Two Sleepy People” (1939) https://www.elsiecarlisle.com/two-sleepy-people/ https://www.elsiecarlisle.com/two-sleepy-people/#respond Sun, 23 Apr 2017 03:26:51 +0000 http://www.elsiecarlisle.com/?p=8678 "Two Sleepy People" (1939)
“Two Sleepy People.” Words by Frank Loesser, music by Hoagy Carmichael. Recorded by Elsie Carlisle under the musical direction of George Scott-Wood on February 1, 1939 at Studio 1, Abbey Road, London. HMV B.D. 661 mx. OEA7516-1. Elsie Carlisle – “Two Sleepy People” (1939) “Two Sleepy People” was composed by Tin Pan Alley greats Hoagy … Continue reading “Two Sleepy People” (1939)

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“Won’t You Come Home, Bill Bailey?” (1932) https://www.elsiecarlisle.com/wont-you-come-home-bill-bailey/ https://www.elsiecarlisle.com/wont-you-come-home-bill-bailey/#respond Sat, 18 Mar 2017 16:30:28 +0000 http://elsiecarlisle.com/?p=51 Elsie Carlisle and Sam Browne
“Won’t You Come Home, Bill Bailey?” Originally titled “Bill Bailey, Won’t You Please Come Home?”; words and music by Hughie Cannon (1902). Recorded by Ambrose and His Orchestra with vocalists Sam Browne and Elsie Carlisle in London on March 18, 1932. HMV B. 6162. Personnel: Bert Ambrose dir. Max Goldberg-Harry Owen-t / Ted Heath-Tony Thorpe-tb … Continue reading “Won’t You Come Home, Bill Bailey?” (1932)

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“Meadow Lark” (1927) https://www.elsiecarlisle.com/meadow-lark/ https://www.elsiecarlisle.com/meadow-lark/#respond Sat, 04 Feb 2017 20:22:28 +0000 http://www.elsiecarlisle.com/?p=8588 "Meadow Lark" featured image. Detail from original sheet music.
“Meadow Lark.” Words by Hal Keidel, music by Ted Fiorito (1926). Recorded by Elsie Carlisle, accompanied by The Gilt-Edged Four, on February 4, 1927. Columbia 4275. Personnel: Al Starita-as / Ray Starita-ts / Sid Bright-p-cel / Len Fillis-g / Rudy Starita-x Meadow Lark – Elsie Carlisle w. The Gilt-Edged Four Video by David Weavings (YouTube) “Meadow … Continue reading “Meadow Lark” (1927)

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Photographs of Elsie Carlisle in the 1930s https://www.elsiecarlisle.com/photographs-elsie-carlisle-1930s/ https://www.elsiecarlisle.com/photographs-elsie-carlisle-1930s/#respond Sat, 28 Jan 2017 17:50:37 +0000 http://www.elsiecarlisle.com/?p=8572 Photographs of Elsie Carlisle in the 1930s featured image
Terry Brown was kind enough to share these photographs of Elsie in the 1930s with me. Click or tap on any of them to open the gallery:  

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“I’m Afraid to Open Your Letter” (1935) https://www.elsiecarlisle.com/im-afraid-to-open-your-letter/ https://www.elsiecarlisle.com/im-afraid-to-open-your-letter/#respond Sat, 28 Jan 2017 15:05:10 +0000 http://www.elsiecarlisle.com/?p=8528 "I'm Afraid to Open Your Letter" featured image
“I’m Afraid to Open Your Letter.” Words and music by Maurice Sigler, Al Goodhart, and Al Hoffman (1935). Recorded by Elsie Carlisle, accompanied by The Embassy Rhythm Eight, in London on February 15, 1935. Decca F. 5456 mx. GB6979-1. Elsie Carlisle (with The Embassy Rhythm Eight) – “I’m Afraid to Open Your Letter” (1935) Like the … Continue reading “I’m Afraid to Open Your Letter” (1935)

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“I’ve Got an Invitation to a Dance” (1935) https://www.elsiecarlisle.com/ive-got-an-invitation-to-a-dance/ https://www.elsiecarlisle.com/ive-got-an-invitation-to-a-dance/#respond Sat, 28 Jan 2017 03:39:07 +0000 http://www.elsiecarlisle.com/?p=8524 "I've Got an Invitation to a Dance" featured image
“I’ve Got an Invitation to a Dance.” Words and music by Marty Symes, Al J. Neiburg, and Jerry Levinson (1934). Recorded by Elsie Carlisle with the Embassy [Rhythm] Eight in London on February 15, 1935. Decca F. 5456 mx. GB6978-1. Elsie Carlisle (with The Embassy Rhythm Eight) – “I’ve Got an Invitation to a Dance” … Continue reading “I’ve Got an Invitation to a Dance” (1935)

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Elsie Carlisle’s 121st Birthday https://www.elsiecarlisle.com/elsie-carlisle-birthday/ https://www.elsiecarlisle.com/elsie-carlisle-birthday/#respond Fri, 27 Jan 2017 22:30:24 +0000 http://www.elsiecarlisle.com/?p=7195 Elsie Carlisle in 1923
Elizabeth Carlisle was born on January 28, 1896 in Manchester, England to James Carlisle and Mary Ellen Carlisle (née Cottingham). Elsie was not the only member of her family to show a knack for show business; her brothers James (“Jim”) and Albert (“Tim”) were both singers who worked with the great composer, publisher, and impresario … Continue reading Elsie Carlisle’s 121st Birthday

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“When the Blackbird Says ‘Bye-Bye'” (1940) https://www.elsiecarlisle.com/when-the-blackbird-says-bye-bye/ https://www.elsiecarlisle.com/when-the-blackbird-says-bye-bye/#respond Sat, 31 Dec 2016 16:41:14 +0000 http://www.elsiecarlisle.com/?p=8424 "When the Blackbird Says "Bye-Bye" featured image. Detail from original sheet music.
“When the Blackbird Says ‘Bye-Bye’ (and the Bluebird Says ‘Hello’).” Words and music by Art Noel and Don Pelosi (1940). Recorded by Elsie Carlisle with orchestral accompaniment under the musical direction of Jay Wilbur on December 31, 1940. Rex 9904 mx. R5204-1. Elsie Carlisle – “When the Blackbird Says ‘Bye-Bye'” British songwriters Art Noel and … Continue reading “When the Blackbird Says ‘Bye-Bye'” (1940)

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“Honey-Coloured Moon” (1935) https://www.elsiecarlisle.com/honey-coloured-moon/ https://www.elsiecarlisle.com/honey-coloured-moon/#respond Tue, 29 Nov 2016 03:50:42 +0000 http://www.elsiecarlisle.com/?p=8374 "Honey-Coloured Moon" featured image
“Honey-Coloured Moon.”  Words by Desmond Carter, music by Mabel Wayne. Composed for the British film Music Hath Charms (1935). Recorded by Elsie Carlisle with orchestral accompaniment on November 29, 1935. Decca F. 5818 mx. GB7527-1. Elsie Carlisle – “Honey-Coloured Moon” (1935) “Honey-Coloured Moon” was introduced in the 1935 British film Music Hath Charms. This movie appears to … Continue reading “Honey-Coloured Moon” (1935)

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“Cavalcade” (1931) https://www.elsiecarlisle.com/cavalcade/ https://www.elsiecarlisle.com/cavalcade/#respond Thu, 24 Nov 2016 22:13:19 +0000 http://www.elsiecarlisle.com/?p=8352 "Cavalcade" featured image. Photo of Noël Coward.
“Cavalcade.” Composed by various artists, including Noël Coward. Recorded under the direction of Ray Noble (uncredited) in London on November 24, 1931, with narration by Henry Oscar and with uncredited soloists (including Elsie Carlisle), full chorus, orchestra, and organ. HMV C. 2330, matrices 2B-1546-2 and 2B-1547-1. “Cavalcade”–Descriptive Record (1931) “Cavalcade (32 Years of England)” is … Continue reading “Cavalcade” (1931)

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“Hangin’ On to That Man” (1931, 1932) https://www.elsiecarlisle.com/hangin-on-to-that-man/ https://www.elsiecarlisle.com/hangin-on-to-that-man/#respond Fri, 18 Nov 2016 02:48:22 +0000 http://www.elsiecarlisle.com/?p=1432 "Hangin' on to That Man" featured image
The dark and moody song “Hangin’ On to That Man” has music written by Russian-born composer Josef Myerow, who later as Joe Myrow would compose the popular “You Make Me Feel So Young” (1946). “Hangin’ On to That Man” is recognizably a torch song, insofar as it involves a woman describing how she keeps loving … Continue reading “Hangin’ On to That Man” (1931, 1932)

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“Making Conversation” (1933) https://www.elsiecarlisle.com/making-conversation/ https://www.elsiecarlisle.com/making-conversation/#comments Sat, 12 Nov 2016 16:42:22 +0000 http://www.elsiecarlisle.com/?p=8323 "Making Conversation" (1933) featured image
“Making Conversation.” Words by Fred Ritz and Harry Carlton, music by Harry Carlton (1933). Recorded by Elsie Carlisle with orchestral accompaniment in London c. November 8, 1933. Decca F. 3737 mx. GB6298-2. Elsie Carlisle – “Making Conversation” (1933)  “Making Conversation” is sometimes known by the longer title “Just Making Conversation (When We Ought To Be … Continue reading “Making Conversation” (1933)

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“Come Up and See Me Sometime” (1933) https://www.elsiecarlisle.com/come-up-and-see-me-sometime/ https://www.elsiecarlisle.com/come-up-and-see-me-sometime/#comments Sat, 05 Nov 2016 03:17:49 +0000 http://www.elsiecarlisle.com/?p=8216 Lillian Roth singing "Come Up and See Me Sometime" in "Take a Chance" (1933)
“Come Up and See Me Sometime.” Words by Arthur Swanstrom, music by Louis Alter; composed for the motion picture Take a Chance (1933). Recorded by Elsie Carlisle with orchestral accompaniment in London on November 8, 1933. Decca F. 3737 mx. GB6297-2. Elsie Carlisle – “Come Up and See Me Sometime” (1933) “Come Up and See Me … Continue reading “Come Up and See Me Sometime” (1933)

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“Dada, Dada” (1928 & 1930) https://www.elsiecarlisle.com/dada-dada/ https://www.elsiecarlisle.com/dada-dada/#respond Wed, 26 Oct 2016 02:35:03 +0000 http://www.elsiecarlisle.com/?p=8178 "Dada, Dada" featured image
“Dada, Dada (D-d-d-d-d-d-d-d-da-da)” is a “stuttering song,” a song in which the performer either pretends to stutter or plays around with words that naturally sound a bit like stammering (in the present instance, a young woman’s call to her father — “Dada!  Dada!” — serves the purpose).  One might think that, in imitating a speech impediment, … Continue reading “Dada, Dada” (1928 & 1930)

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“Baby” (1927) https://www.elsiecarlisle.com/baby/ https://www.elsiecarlisle.com/baby/#respond Sat, 15 Oct 2016 16:40:36 +0000 http://www.elsiecarlisle.com/?p=8139 "Baby" (1927) featured image. Detail from 1920 French postcard.
“Baby.” Words by Raymond W. Peck and music by Percy Wenrich (1922); featured in the Broadway musical Castles in the Air (1926). Recorded by Elsie Carlisle, accompanied by Carroll Gibbons and an unidentified violinist, on April 5, 1927. HMV B2489. Elsie Carlisle – “Baby” (1927) Video by David Weavings (YouTube) “Baby (Fox-trot Lullaby)” was written … Continue reading “Baby” (1927)

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“When My Dreams Come True” (1929) https://www.elsiecarlisle.com/when-my-dreams-come-true/ https://www.elsiecarlisle.com/when-my-dreams-come-true/#respond Wed, 14 Sep 2016 05:35:52 +0000 http://www.elsiecarlisle.com/?p=8097 "When My Dreams Come True" (1929) featured image. Detail from original sheet music.
“When My Dreams Come True.” Composed by Irving Berlin for the Marx Brothers film The Cocoanuts (1929). Recorded by Philip Lewis and His Orchestra (a.k.a. the Rhythm Maniacs) under the musical direction of Arthur Lally with vocalist Elsie Carlisle on September 14, 1929. Decca F. 1539. Personnel: Arthur Lally cl-bas-bsx dir. Sylvester Ahola-t / Danny Polo-cl-as-ss / … Continue reading “When My Dreams Come True” (1929)

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Anniversary of Elsie Carlisle’s Death https://www.elsiecarlisle.com/elsie-carlisle-death/ https://www.elsiecarlisle.com/elsie-carlisle-death/#comments Sun, 04 Sep 2016 22:59:00 +0000 http://www.elsiecarlisle.com/?p=2412 Anniversary of Elsie Carlisle's Death
Elsie Carlisle passed from this world on September 5, 1977, dying of cancer at the age of 81 in the Royal Marsden Hospital, Chelsea, London. The informant who signed the death certificate was Wilfred “Willie” Ypres Carlisle, one of her two sons, who gave as his own address the same one that she had been living … Continue reading Anniversary of Elsie Carlisle’s Death

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