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"Jumpin'" Bill Carlisle passes away at 94
Johnny Paycheck - photo © Ron Newcomer - Used with permission
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NASHVILLE - (March 17, 2003) Grand Ole Opry and Country Music Hall of Fame member Bill Carlisle died at home today in Nashville, Tenn. at 12:05 p.m. from complications of a stroke suffered last Wed., March 12. Carlisle's country music career spanned over 70 years.

"Jumpin' Bill Carlisle," as he was affectionately called, was born December 19, 1908 and became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1953. He last appeared on the Opry March 7, 2003.

Songs such as "Too Old To Cut the Mustard," "What Kinda Deal Is This?" and "Is Zat You, Myrtle" were among his most memorable. He also penned the hymn "Gone Home." The Opry member began his jumping schtick in the early 1950's when he was performing with his brother Cliff, who was an accomplished singer and steel and dobro player. To add comedy to the act, brother Bill dressed up as "Hotshot Elmer," a character he created in the 1940's. Staging a mock fight and placing a chair between the two brothers, a barefooted "Elmer" would stand flat-footed and jump over the chair and back. The jumping drew so many laughs that he incorporated this into the act.

650 WSM-AM air personality Eddie Stubbs will host a five-hour tribute to Carlisle during his show beginning at 7 p.m. Tues., March 18.

Cole & Garrett Funeral Home
127 North Main Street
Goodlettsville, TN 37072
(615) 859-5231

Wednesday, March 19 - 6:00-9:00 PM

Thursday, March 20 - 2:00 PM

Photo used with permission of Ron Newcomer.

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