Legendary Country Radio Performer
Bill Carlisle, who died in 2003, aged 94, had a seventy year career as a radio and stage performer. His 1933 hit, "Rattlesnake Daddy" is a good example of the influence of prewar "Hillbilly Boogie" on the development of Rockabilly. Bill developed a stage act which involved frequent jumping during his songs (hence the nickname). Many of his songs (such as the popular "Too Old the Cut the Mustard") involved comedy elements, which may or may not survive well the passage of time - but there is no denying the enduring appeal of the boogie. He often appeared with his family, and the female voice on some tracks is likely to be his daughter Sheila.