The Swing Shift Shuffle is a radio program of swing, big band, jazz, boogie woogie and other popular music from the 1930's and 40's that airs every Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (US Central Time) on WEVL 89.9 FM in Memphis, Tennessee, with a live webcast at In addition to the radio show, this blog is dedicated to all aspects of the Swing Era, including art, automobiles, cartoons, comics, history, movies, music, news, science, technology, and anything else that happened during that time. It also includes announcements about events in the Memphis/Mid-South area related to the Swing Era, such as classic movies, concerts, dances, lectures, etc. If you see something that fits the description, send it to me at If you would like more information about the radio show, just go to the Radio Show FAQ page.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Sunrise Serenade: Let's Have A Jubilee

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Let's Have A Jubilee" by Louis Prima and His New Orleans Gang.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Thursday, April 20, 2017


The legend of Faust has been in print since at least the 16th century.  Four Color Shadows posted this short, comic book version of the story. 

Sunrise Serenade: Personality

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Personality" by Johnny Mercer.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Playlist For April 19, 2017

The playlist for the April 19, 2017 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

The Doolittle Raid 75 Years Ago

As noted by the National World War II Museum, seventy-five years ago yesterday, Lt. Col. James Doolittle led a flight of 16 B-25 Mitchell bombers off the flight deck of the USS Hornet in the western Pacific.  Their destination?  Tokyo.  This mission was the first aerial bombing attack on Japanese territory after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941.  It was also the first attempt to launch medium bombers off the deck of an aircraft carrier.  Of the 16 planes on the mission, one landed in Russia, and the others crash landed or the crews bailed out over China.  Although the attack did little physical damage, the impact on both the American and Japanese morale was significant.  Three days after the mission launched, President Roosevelt responded to a reporter's question that the raiders were launched from a secret base in "Shangri-La," a fictional Tibetan monastery featured in the book and movie Lost Horizon

Sunrise Serenade: What A Deal

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "What A Deal" by Martha Tilton.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Hop Off The Tax Blues

The Red Hot Lindy Hop lessons and sessions continue at the Rumba Room this Friday night.  Free beginner lesson at 7:00 p.m.  Free admission before 7:00 p.m. and $5 thereafter.  Lesson by Jason and Camille with music by DJ Camille.

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Sunrise Serenade: Painted Rhythm

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Painted Rhythm" by Stan Kenton and His Orchestra.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Practically New 1948 Tucker For Sale

As seen on the Hemmings blog, for a mere $1.1 million, you too can now own what is essentially a brand new, original 1948 Tucker Model 48, a/k/a the Tucker "Torpedo."  Tucker only produced 51 of these vehicles before stopping production, and only 47 are known to exist.  This 48th vehicle was assembled from authentic Tucker components and a drive train that were either salvaged from other Tuckers or never used.

Sunrise Serenade: Life Is So Peculiar

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Life Is So Peculiar" by Louis Armstrong and Louis Jordan.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.

Friday, April 14, 2017

The Spirit Of '43

Since tax time is upon us, Donald Duck returns with his annual income tax message.  Walt Disney made this animated short for the U.S. Government to encourage people to save their money so they could pay their income taxes and support the war effort.  From the Internet Archive, here is the 1943 animated short, The Spirit Of '43

Sunrise Serenade: Reet, Petite And Gone

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Reet, Petite And Gone" by Louis Jordan.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Left Behind At Dunkirk

Vintage Everyday posted this series of photos showing equipment left behind by the British Expeditionary Force in France after it evacuated the continent at Dunkirk. 

Sunrise Serenade: Long About Midnight

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Long About Midnight" by Louis Prima and His Gang.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line