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CARLISLE, Una Mae

(b 26 Dec. '18, Xenia OH; d 7 Nov. '56, NYC) Singer, pianist, songwriter. Native American, African American ancestry. Studied piano as a child; shared vocal with Billy Banks on 'Mean Old Bed Bug Blues' recorded mid-'32 with Fats Waller, joined Waller programme on WLW Cincinnati at Christmas, left high school to work and tour with him '33--4, went solo. Joined Blackbirds revue late '30s, toured Europe, also did solo dates and film work there. Recorded 'I Can't Give You Anything But Love' with Waller '39, singing straight chorus to his wisecracks; recorded solo on Bluebird with all-star back-up band incl. Lester Young, Benny Carter, etc: 'Walkin' By The River', 'I See A Million People', two of several hundred songs she wrote. Own radio and TV series late '40s, retired in ill health '54.