The Carlisles

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Bill Carlisle headed up the group. Bill organized his own group, which he eventually named the Carlisles. Signed to Mercury Records, the Carlisles recorded a string of what Bill called his “crazy songs,” beginning with the #6 novelty hit “Too Old to Cut the Mustard” in 1951. This was followed in 1953 by the #1 smash “No Help Wanted,” on which Bill heightened the rhythmic impact of his guitar by putting paper in the strings, thereby providing a solid foundation for Chet Atkins’s jazzy electric guitar accompaniment.

Other Carlisles hits of 1953 included “Knothole” (#3), “Is Zat You, Myrtle” (#2), and “Tain’t Nice (to Talk Like That)” (#5). These recordings took Bill and the group first to Shreveport, Louisiana’s KWKH Louisiana Hayride, and then, in November 1953, to WSM’s Grand Ole Opry

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His children became members of The Carlisles group in the 1960s. In 1953, Carlisle, his wife, and children, Bill, Jr. (born 1942), and Sheila, moved to Minden in Webster Parish, Louisiana, to be near the Louisiana Hayride in Shreveport. At the time Tillman Franks of Shreveport was his manager.
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Albums

MG 20359 The Carlisles - On Stage With The Carlisles album art The Carlisles On Stage With The Carlisles(LP, Album) Mercury MG 20359 US 1958 Sell This Version
GS-1446 The Carlisles - Featuring "Jumpin" Bill Carlisle album art The Carlisles Featuring "Jumpin" Bill Carlisle(LP) Guest Star GS-1446 US 1964 Sell This Version
OHCS-303 The Carlisles - Carlisle Family Album (Old Time Great Hymns) album art The Carlisle Family* Featuring Cliff* And Bill Carlisle The Carlisle Family* Featuring Cliff* And Bill Carlisle - Carlisle Family Album (Old Time Great Hymns)(LP, Album) Old Homestead Records OHCS-303 US 1982 Sell This Version
none The Carlisles - Busy Body Boogie album art The Carlisles Busy Body Boogie(2xCD) Not On Label none 1993 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

The Carlisles - Patch Up Our Old Love Affair/If I Could (But I Can't) album art The Carlisles Patch Up Our Old Love Affair/If I Could (But I Can't) (Single) Mercury US 1952 Sell This Version
The Carlisles - Love, Love, Love (That's What It Is) album art The Carlisles Love, Love, Love (That's What It Is) Mercury US 1952 Sell This Version
The Carlisles - No Help Wanted / This Heart Is Not For Sale album art The Carlisles No Help Wanted / This Heart Is Not For Sale (Single) Mercury US 1952 Sell This Version
The Carlisles - Is Zat You, Myrtle / Something Different album art The Carlisles Is Zat You, Myrtle / Something Different (Single) Mercury US 1953 Sell This Version
The Carlisles - Unpucker / Tain't Nice (To Talk Like That) album art Bill Carlisle & The Carlisles Bill Carlisle & The Carlisles - Unpucker / Tain't Nice (To Talk Like That) (Single) Mercury US 1953 Sell This Version
The Carlisles - Knothole / Leave That Liar Alone album art The Carlisles Knothole / Leave That Liar Alone (Single) Mercury US 1953 Sell This Version
The Carlisles - I'll Never Love Again / I Need A Little Help album art The Carlisles I'll Never Love Again / I Need A Little Help (Single) Mercury US 1954 Sell This Version
The Carlisles - If You Don't Want It album art The Carlisles If You Don't Want It (Single) Mercury US 1954 Sell This Version
The Carlisles - Shake-A-Leg / Let Me Hold Your Little Hand album art The Carlisles Shake-A-Leg / Let Me Hold Your Little Hand (Single) Mercury US 1945 Sell This Version
The Carlisles - Female Hercules album art The Carlisles Female Hercules (Single) Mercury US 1954 Sell This Version
The Carlisles - Busy Body Boogie / The Mainest' Thing album art The Carlisles Busy Body Boogie / The Mainest' Thing (Single) Mercury US 1954 Sell This Version
MM 10055 The Carlisles - I Need A Little Help / No Help Wanted  album art Les Carlisle* Solo Bill Carlisle Les Carlisle* Solo Bill Carlisle - I Need A Little Help / No Help Wanted (7", Single) Mercury MM 10055 France 1954 Sell This Version
The Carlisles - Cuttin' Capers With The Carlisles album art The Carlisles Cuttin' Capers With The Carlisles (EP) Mercury US 1955 Sell This Version
The Carlisles - Lil' Liza Jane / Teletouch album art The Carlisles Lil' Liza Jane / Teletouch (Single) Mercury US 1955 Sell This Version
The Carlisles - It's Bedtime, Bill album art The Carlisles It's Bedtime, Bill (Single) Mercury US 1955 Sell This Version
The Carlisles - Nine Have Tried album art The Carlisles Nine Have Tried (Single) Mercury US 1955 Sell This Version
70754X45 The Carlisles - Run, Boy  album art The Carlisles Run, Boy (7", Single) Mercury 70754X45 US 1955 Sell This Version
70712X45 The Carlisles - Middle Age Spread / On My Way To The Show album art The Carlisles Middle Age Spread / On My Way To The Show(7", Single) Mercury 70712X45 US 1955 Sell This Version
71110X45 The Carlisles - Wouldn't You Like To / Ladder Of Love album art The Carlisles Wouldn't You Like To / Ladder Of Love(7", Single) Mercury Starday 71110X45 US 1957 Sell This Version
71035X45 The Carlisles - Business Man album art The Carlisles Business Man(7") Mercury 71035X45 US 1957 Sell This Version
The Carlisles - John Came Home / Skin 'Im Quick album art The Carlisles John Came Home / Skin 'Im Quick Columbia US 1960 Sell This Version

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