playing vaudeville and circus venues in the 1920s. Carlisle and Ball first played at Louisville, Kentucky radio station WHAS in 1930, which would make them local stars, and later that year they recorded for Gennett Records and Champion Records. They recorded with Jimmie Rodgers in 1931. Toward the end of 1931, Carlisle signed with ARC and was offered performance slots on several radio stations nationwide, including WBT (Charlotte, North Carolina), WLS (Chicago) and WLW (Cincinnati). Cliff's brother Bill became his guitarist after Ball left in 1934.
During the 1930s Carlisle, who recorded a large amount of material despite a hiatus from 1934 to 1936, frequently released songs of a frankly sexual nature, including songs with barnyard metaphors (which became something of a trademark). Carlisle toured with his son, "Sonny Boy Tommy", to occasional consternation from authorities in areas where this contravened local child labor laws. He continued to perform on WMPS in Memphis, Tennessee for several years in the 1940s, but by the 1950s had retired from music. In the 1960s, The Rooftop Singers covered his tune "Tom Cat Blues"; in its wake, Carlisle and Ball did a few reunion shows together and recorded for Rem Records. On April 2, 1983, Carlisle died at the age of 79. Discography Singles Year Title Notes Gennett Records 1930 My Carolina Sunshine Girl / Down In Jail On My Knees 1930 Desert Blues / Blue Yodel No.6 with Bill Carlisle 1930 (?) I’m Lonely and Blue / I’m On My Way To Lonesome Valley Champion Records 1930 Just A Lonely Hobo / Virginia Blues 1930 Crazy Blues / Hobo Blues B-side with Bill Carlisle 1930 No Daddy Blues / Brakeman’s Blues Brakeman’s Blues by Jimmie Rodgers 1931 Box Car Blues / The Brakeman’s Reply under the pseudonym J. Boone 1931 High Steppin’ Mama / Alone and Lonesome 1931 Hobo Jack’s Last Ride / The Written Letter with Bill Carlisle as The Carlisle Brothers 1931 Nobody Wants Me / The Plea Of A Mother with Bill Carlisle as The Carlisle Brothers 1931 Come Back Sweetheart / Memories That Haunt Me with Bill Carlisle as The Carlisle Brothers 1931 She’s Waiting For Me / The Cowboy’s Song with Bill Carlisle as The Carlisle Brothers 1931 The Fatal Run / Memories That Make Me Cry with Bill Carlisle as The Carlisle Brothers Conqueror Records 1931 Shanghai Rooster Yodel / Going Back To Alabama 1931 Memories That Make Me Cry / Dear Old Daddy 1931 Alone and Lonesome / Where Southern Roses Climb 1931 Box Car Yodel / Modern Mama 1931 Birmingham Jail No.2 / Just A Lonely Hobo 1931 The Written Letter / I Don’t Mind 1931 My Rocky Mountain Sweetheart / Lonely Valley 1931 Guitar Blues / I Want A Good Woman 1932 Memories That Haunt Me / Seven Years With The Wrong Woman 1932 (?) Childhood Dreams / Memories That Make Me Cry 1932 The Brakeman’s Reply / Hobo Jack’s Last Ride 1932 Roll In Blue Moon / When It’s Roundup Time In Texas 1933 The Rustler’s Fate / The Little Dobie Shack with Bill Carlisle as The Carlisle Brothers 1933 Goin’ Down The Road Feelin’ Bad / Dang My Rowdy Soul 1933 Don’t Marry The Wrong Woman / The Vacant Cabin Door 1933 Rambling Jack / Wreck Of Freight #52 1933 Blue Eyes / On The Banks Of The Rio Grande 1933 I’m Glad I’m A Hobo / Gambling Dan 1933 That Ramshackle Shack On The Hill / End Of Memory Lane with Bill Carlisle as The Carlisle Brothers 1933 Looking For Tomorrow / Where Romance Calls 1933 Louisiana Blues / Fussin’ Mama A-side with Bill Carlisle 1933 I’m Traveling Live Along / Sunshine and Daisies 1934 Hen Pecked Man / Chicken Roost Blues Montgomery Ward 1936 Rambling Yodeler / Cowboy Johnnie’s Last Ride 1936 A Wild Cat Woman and A Tom Cat Man / Look Out, I’m Shifting Gears 1936 A Stretch Of 28 Years / My Lovin’ Cathleen 1936 Handsome Blues / In A Box Car Around The World B-side with Bill Carlisle 1936 (?) When The Cactus Is In Bloom / My Lonely Boyhood Days B-side under the pseudonym Lallaby Larkers 1936 You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone / When The Evening Sun Goes Down 1936 Flower Of The Valley / A Little White Rose with Sonny Boy Tommy (Tommy Carlisle) 1936 I’m Saving Saturday Night For You / Waiting For A Ride 1936 It Takes An Old Hen To Deliver The Goods / When I Feel Froggie I’m Gonna Hop 1936 The Nasty Swing / It Ain’t No Fault Of Mine 1937 Ridin’ That Lonesome Trail / They Say It’s The end Of The Trail 1937 There’s A Lamp In The Window Tonight / New Memories Of You That Haunt Me 1937 Sweet As The Roses Of Spring / Just A Little Bit Of Loving From You 1937 Rocky Road / Pay Day Fight 1937 Cowboy’s Dying Dream / Pan American Dream 1937 Waiting For A Ride / Your Saddle Is Empty Tonight 1937 When My Memory Lies / Lonely 1937 Rooster Blues / Trouble Minden Blues 1937 Blue Dreams / Hobo’s Fate Bluebird Records 1937 Pan American Man / ? 1937 Riding The Blinds / New Memories Of You That Haunt Me 1937 Your Saddle Is Empty Tonight / Cowboy’s Dying Dream 1938 Why Did The Blue Sky Turn Gray / The Shack By The Side Of The Road RCA Records ? A Mean Mama Don’t Worry Me / Why Did It Have To Be Me? ? Devil’s Train / Scars Upon My Head ? Death By The Roadside / You Just Wait and See ? I Didn’t Have Time / You Couldn’t Be True If You Tried ? You Can’t Erase A Memory / All The World Is Lonely Decca Records with Bill Carlisle 1938 Over By The Chrystal Sea / The Great Judgement Day 1938 Are You Going To Leave Me / The Girl I Left So Blues 1938 Wreck Of The Happy Valley / Weary Traveller 1938 Moonlight Blues / Big At The Little Bottom A 1938 Two Eyes In The Tennessee / Lonely Little Orphan Girl 1938 Trouble On My Mind / Nevada Johnnie 1938 No Drunkard Can Enter / I’m On My Way To The Promised Land 1938 When The Angels Carry Me Home / Home Of The Soul with Sonny Boy Tommy 1938 No Letter In The Mail Today / Drifting 1938 I’m Just A Rambling Man / Blue Dreams 1938 My Old Home Place / Flower Of My Dream 1938 Where Are The Pals Of Long Ago / When We Meet Again 1938 I’m Heading For Some Home, Sweet Home / If Jesus Should Come 1938 Wabash Cannonball / Sparkling Blue Eyes as Carlisle’s Kentucky Boys 1939 Unclouded Sky / Far Beyond The Starry Sky 1939 Mouse Been Messin’ Around / Ditty Wah Ditty 1939 Footprints In The Snow / My Little Sadie 1939 Roll On Old Troubles / I Dreamed I Searched Heaven 1939 Black Jack David / Makes No Differences What Live Will Bring B-side as Carlisle Buckle Busters 1939 Sally Let Your Bangs Hang / Little Pal Albums 1963: A Country Kind Of Songs and Hymns 1964: Maple On The Hill 1965: Cliff Carlisle 1965: Carlisle Family Album - Old Time Great Hymns (The Carlisle Family) 1965: Cliff Carlisle Vol.
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