“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″

Video by Gernot Klawunn (YouTube)

Elsie Carlisle’s First Radio Broadcast (1926)

Eighty-eight years ago this very moment Elsie Carlisle made her first radio broadcast. Richard J. Johnson, in his biography in “Memory Lane” (Issue 175), relates

“[Elsie Carlisle’s] first ever broadcast on Radio was from 2.L.O on 1st March 1926 at 9:05pm to 10:00pm. With her on this auspicious day were the London Radio Dance Band conducted by Sidney Firman and Billy Mason (vocalist/piano). Elsie’s portion in the show started at 9:36pm with ‘Oh Boy! What A Girl,’ ‘I Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight’ and ‘No Man’s Mama.’ The spot lasted six minutes but she returned later to sing ‘Then I’ll Be Happy’ and ‘Give Me Just A Little Bit Of Your Love.'”

Elsie Carlisle Postcard
The reverse of this postcard mentions Ambrose, so it can be no earlier than 1932, but the original photograph of which it is a tinted version was taken around 1926.

Happy 110th Birthday, Ray Starita!

Ray (Renato) Starita, an Italian-American, along with his brothers Al and Rudy (and the less well-known Julio) were influential in British dance band music in the 1920s and early 1930s.  Ray, a saxophonist and clarinetist, led the Piccadilly Revels Band and the Ambassadors’ Band.

John Wright has compiled some interesting historical data regarding the Starita family, drawing on the accounts of their children, and he provides a unique photo gallery of Ray Starita‘s career in England and later life in the United States.

Elsie Carlisle made a number of noteworthy recordings with Ray Starita and His Ambassadors’ Band in 1932, including “Let That Be a Lesson to You,” “I Heard,” and Noël Coward’s “Mad About the Boy.”

Ray Starita and His Ambassadors' Band c. 1930
Ray Starita and His Ambassadors’ Band c. 1930

Elsie Carlisle on a 1935 Ardath Cigarette Card

1935 Ardath Tobacco cigarette card, front and back. “Film, Stage and Radio Stars” #8 of 50.  “…they also say that [Elsie Carlisle] has more “IT” in her voice in her voice than any other radio star.” As Elsie, following Helen Kane, would ask, “Whats ‘IT?’ Huh?”

1935 Ardath Tobacco cigarette card. "Film, Stage and Radio Stars" #8 of 50. Front.
1935 Ardath Tobacco cigarette card. “Film, Stage and Radio Stars” #8 of 50. Front.

 

1935 Ardath Tobacco cigarette card. "Film, Stage and Radio Stars" #8 of 50. Reverse.
1935 Ardath Tobacco cigarette card. “Film, Stage and Radio Stars” #8 of 50. Reverse.