Singer Bill Carlisle

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on August 22, 2004

I would like to know about Bill Carlisle. Is he still alive?

—James N., Utah

The feisty Grand Ole Opry member died in March 2003 at age 94 of a stroke. Carlisle appeared on the Opry shortly before his death, and enjoyed a career that spanned more than 70 years. He earned the nickname “Jumpin’ Bill Carlisle” in the early 1950s when he performed with his brother, Cliff, leaping over a chair and back as part of their comedy routine. The Wakefield, Ky., native was known for songs such as Too Old To Cut the Mustard, What Kinda Deal Is This and Is Zat You, Myrtle?