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Bill Carlisle


Yodeling singer/songwriter/guitarist Expenses Carlisle was younger sibling of popular 1930s nation singer Cliff Carlisle. Through the ’30s, Expenses founded himself as a specialist purveyor of racy, blues-tinged nation tracks, but through the ’50s and ’60s, he was best-known for his novelty tracks as he and his family members music group, the Carlisles, became regulars within the Grand Ole Opry. The brothers performed within a Carlisle family members group on Louisville radio within the 1920s within an early manifestation from the barn-dance format. Sibling Cliff offered Carlisle his begin like a soloist in 1933 by allowing him sit down in with an audition in the ARC label. His 1st solitary, “Rattlesnake Daddy,” became very popular and later on evolved right into a bluegrass preferred. Dubbed “Smilin’ Expenses” by publicists, Carlisle was mentioned for his exact and intensely fast works on the acoustic guitar. Eventually Expenses became nearly as well-known as his old sibling, with whom he distributed a skill for yodeling along with a propensity to sing music filled up with risqué dual entendres, such as for example “Copper Mind Mama” (1934) and “Jumpin’ and Jerkin’ Blues” (1935). The Carlisle brothers agreed upon with Decca in 1938 and constructed outward in the blues/Hawaiian core that they had founded around Cliff Carlisle’s pioneer dobro stylings. Throughout a very long stint on Knoxville radio train station WNOX, they truly became celebrities of two barn-dance applications, and Costs continued to seem on other channels throughout the Southeast being a single artist. After Globe Battle II, the Carlisle brothers agreed upon using the upstart Ruler label, located in Cincinnati, credit scoring a giant strike using a cover of Ernest Tubb’s wartime traditional “Rainbow at nighttime” in 1946. 2 yrs afterwards, Costs had his very own Top 15 strike with “Tramp on the road.” Cliff ultimately retired around 1950, and Costs then arranged the Carlisles, an organization that despite its family members moniker in fact included a succession of unrelated people, gospel vocalist Martha Carson and songwriter Betty Amos included in this. Carlisle also performed with many 1950s superstars in the first stages of the professions — Don Gibson, Chet Atkins, and Homer & Jethro, amongst others. It had been during these shows that he started to jump about on stage and develop his comical alter ego, Hotshot Elmer, a personality he had developed previous in his profession. As Elmer, Carlisle would interrupt shows by jumping over seats, dropping off the stairways, and creating general mayhem on stage. Carlisle’s brand athletic leaps gained him the nickname “Jumpin’ Expenses.” The picture was arranged for the recordings that brought Carlisle his biggest renown in the 1950s: some novelty tracks, delightfully off-center gospel items like “Rusty Aged Halo,” and straight-country tranquility numbers documented for the Mercury label. The very first, “Too Aged to Slice the Mustard,” strike the very best Ten in 1952 and was included in Rosemary Clooney along with other pop performers. The 1950s had been significantly less friendly to lyrics of intimate tension than had been the decades where Carlisle started his profession, but “As well Old to Slice the Mustard” was one of the Carlisles quantities (another was the “The Aged Knot Gap”) that evoked the varieties of a far more tolerant period. “No Help Wished” climbed to number 1 the following calendar year and remained there five weeks. That calendar year he previously three more strikes, which managed to get to the very best Ten, like the Ira Louvin melody “Taint Fine (To Talk LIKE THIS).” Though apparently dazzling an old-fashioned create within their cornball laughter, these recordings crackled with a power in tune using the stirrings of what became rock and roll & move; they featured sharpened guitar solos and such instrumental novelties being a bass saxophone. This string of successes led the Opry to request the Carlisles aboard in 1953. Carlisle’s kids joined his music group in the 1960s, and he previously another strike in 1965 with “THE TYPE of Deal Can be This.” Carlisle was a fixture from the Opry in old age, performing there until ten times before his loss of life on March 17, 2003.

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Full Name Bill Carlisle
Died March 17, 2003, Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Profession Singer-songwriter
Nationality American
Siblings Cliff Carlisle
Music Songs Too Old To Cut The Mustard, No Help Wanted, What Kind of Deal Is This, Tramp On The Street, Jumpin' and Jerkin' Blues, Is Zat You Myrtle?, Ten or Twelve Times, Maybe More, Bell Clappin' Mama, Big At the Little, Bottom At the Top, Knot Hole, You're Just Like a Dollar Bill, I Done It Wrong, House Cat Mama, Don't Let Me Worry Your Little Mind, My Little Sadie, Baby You Done Flubbed Your Dub With Me, Copper Head Mama, Beneath the Old Pine Tree, A Mouse Been Messin' Around, A Dollar's All I Crave, Three Women to Every Man, Busy Body Boogie, Go On and Leave Me If You Wish To, I´m Rough Stuff, Rockin' Chair Money, That Guy's Out Gunnin' For You, Tiny Space Man, Shanghai Rooster, Feet Don't Fail Me, Doggie Joe, The Heavenly Train, New Liza Jane
Albums Rough and Rowdy Hillbilly of the 1930's Vol. 1, Hillbilly Classics, Best Of Bill Carlisle, I Need a Little Help - Country Guitar Gitarre, I Saw My Future In A Rainbow, Jumpin' Bill Carlisle, Jack of All Trades, Bounding Billy Carlisle and his Little Carlisles (Mono Version), What Kind of Deal Is This, Too Old to Cut the Mustard, Honey Love - Country Guitar Gitarre, No Help Wanted

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1 Elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2002.
2 Brother of Cliff Carlisle (1904-1983), who worked with Bill as a member of The Carlisles.



The Marty Stuart Show 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Opry Video Classics: Pioneers 2007 Video writer: "No Help Wanted"
The Porter Wagoner Show TV Series performer - 4 episodes, 1969 - 1976 writer - 1 episode, 1967
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show 1961 TV Series performer - 1 episode



The Gold Guitar 1966



The Legend Lives On: A Tribute to Bill Monroe 2003 Video documentary Himself
America's Music: The Roots of Country 1996 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself (1996)
Dolly 1988 TV Series Himself
The Porter Wagoner Show 1969-1976 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself - Guest Performer

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1 Leaped in the air when performing

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