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 wevl.org. 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 tim@wevl.org. If you would like more information about the radio show, just go to the Radio Show FAQ page.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Live Music At The Lindy Hop

The Red Hot Lindy Hop lesson and session continues at the Rumba Room this Friday night with live music from the Harlequin Jazz Band.  Free beginner lesson at 7:00 p.m. and $7 admission.  Lesson by Ceasar and Monica with music by DJ Monica during band breaks.
303 South Main
Memphis, TN 38103

The University of Memphis RHLH chapter hosts a free beginner swing dance lesson every Monday (except school holidays) in Field House.  Beginner lesson at 7:30 p.m.  More information here

The Tiger Rag lessons and guided practice sessions are back at the Madison Dance Studio in Minglewood Plaza, 1555 Madison Ave Memphis, TN 38104.  Learn more and register here

Sunrise Serenade: Baby, Are You Kiddin'

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Baby, Are You Kiddin'" by Jimmie Lunceford and His Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Monday, August 22, 2016

WMPS Postcard


I saw this circa 1930's-40's radio station postcard while browsing around American Radio History.  The call letters for radio station WMPS stood for "Memphis Press Scimitar," which was once one of the daily newspapers that served the city.  Although the newspaper is gone, the station is still around, and up until about five years ago, it had an "adult standards" format (Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, etc.). 

Sunrise Serenade: Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree" by the Andrews Sisters.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Thursday, August 18, 2016

1930's-40's Pulp Fiction Covers

I have no idea of the stories in these 1930's-40's pulp fiction books were any good, but the cover art always makes me want to read them.  The Golden Age posted this series of pulp fiction covers from a number of different genres, including crime, mystery, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, war and even western.

Sunrise Serenade: Harlem Holiday

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Harlem Holiday" by Cab Calloway and his Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Playlist For August 17, 2016

The playlist for the August 17, 2016 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

Silly Putty's WW2 Origins


The title of this post on the National World War II Museum site may be slightly misleading, in that it led me to think that Silly Putty was both invented during WW2, and served some purpose during the war effort.  Stranger things have happened.  Only the latter is accurate.  Like many other great inventions, Silly Putty was an accident:  a failed attempt to create artificial rubber (certainly useful to the war effort) that bounced when accidentally dropped, so meriting a patent.  The rest is history.

Sunrise Serenade: Chinatown

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Chinatown" by the Mills Brothers.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Hop In And Dry Out

The Red Hot Lindy Hop lesson and session continues at the Rumba Room this Friday night.  Free beginner lesson at 7:00 p.m.  Free admission before 7:00 and $5 thereafter.  Lesson by Jim and Bethany with music by DJ Bethany.
303 South Main
Memphis, TN 38103

The University of Memphis RHLH chapter hosts a free beginner swing dance lesson every Monday (except school holidays) in Field House.  Beginner lesson at 7:30 p.m.  More information here

The Tiger Rag lessons and guided practice sessions are back at the Madison Dance Studio in Minglewood Plaza, 1555 Madison Ave Memphis, TN 38104.  Learn more and register here

Sunrise Serenade: And The Angels Sing

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "And The Angels Sing" by Benny Goodman and His Orchestra featuring Martha Tilton on vocals.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Monday, August 15, 2016

Hacking Myrna Loy?

Paleofuture posted another fine of example of how little times change.  While the term "hacking" may not have been used in the 1930's to describe invading someone's privacy, it was still done, and in a manner that is not too different from today.  This post explains how someone hacked Myrna Loy's home and work telephone in 1938.  As is the case today, the weakest point in the security was not the technology, but the people. 

Sunrise Serenade: Rhythm Is Our Business

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Rhythm Is Our Business" by Jimmie Lunceford and His Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Friday, August 12, 2016