Cartoon of Elsie Carlisle in The Encore (February 18, 1926, three months before she began her recording career and 88 years ago today).
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.
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?”
“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.
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