Bill Carlisle

Decades: 1960s 1980s 2000s


William Carlisle, 19 December 1908, Wakefield, Kentucky, USA, d. 17 March 2003, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The younger brother of country singer Cliff Carlisle. Attracted by his brother’s success, Bill began to perform at an early age and soon established himself with his fine guitar playing and vocals. Around 1930, he appeared with his brother as the Carlisles. They toured extensively throughout the Midwest and for some years in the 40s, they were based at Knoxville and Memphis. They also had their own barn dance stage show on WLAP Louisville. In 1933, through Cliff’s assistance, he recorded for ARC. His version of ‘Rattlesnake Daddy’ became very popular and further established his reputation as a fine guitarist and also a vocalist who liked to perform all types of songs including the risqué material that his brother had also popularised. Initially known, by some, as Smilin’ Bill, he worked for much of the time with his brother...

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