c.1902, Didsbury, Lancashire, England, d. 5 September 1977. A lively young singer, Carlisle first appeared professionally on the variety stages of the UK. In 1920 she became much more widely known owing to many successful recordings and by the end of the decade was a featured artist in top West End productions, including Wake Up And Dream, composed by Cole Porter. Her popularity was extended through the medium of radio, where she was billed as Radio Sweetheart No 1. Unusually for British singers of her era, Carlisle habitually used American material without too much self-conscious Anglicizing. Although she featured songs associated with Ruth Etting, her style was closer to that of Annette Hanshaw. Unlike Hanshaw, however, she also tried her hand at the blues, performing numbers that were, by the standards of the day, rather raunchy. During the early 30s, Carlisle, who sometimes recorded as Amy Brunton, was featured with the popular dance band led by...