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.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Playlist For November 30, 2016

The playlist for the November 30, 2016 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving! 1940 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Footage

Happy Thanksgiving!  Vintage Everyday posted this color film of the 1940 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, featuring the first appearance of Superman in the parade.  We here at the SSS wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving and safe travels. 

I'll be taking my usual post-Thanksgiving break, but I'll be back in December. 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Playlist For November 23, 2016

The playlist for the November 23, 2016 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

Camouflage Paint For A PT Boat

The National World War II Museum is completing the restoration of PT-305, a Higgins built Patrol Torpedo Boat, and one of the final touches is a new coat of paint.  Contrary to movie portrayals, however, most naval vessels during WWII were not painted flat gray.  Instead, ships carried a variety of camouflage colors and patterns to help conceal their size, speed and course.  For PT-305, the pattern was "Measure 32 modified."   
“Measure 32 modified” was an experimental pattern intended specifically for making torpedo attacks. The “Thayer blue” on the forward part of the hull made the vessel more difficult to see from a distance at night when approaching a target head-on during the initial stages of a torpedo attack. The color transitions to a “deck blue” on the aft part of the boat to aid in the retreat from a torpedo attack.

Sunrise Serenade: Daddy

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Daddy" by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Black Friday Hop

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 Todd and TBD, with music by DJ Danny.
303 South Main
Memphis, TN 38103

Live music next week with the Side Street Steppers.

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.
Learn about the University of Memphis RHLH chapter and events here

Sunrise Serenade: Shoo-Fly Pie And Apple Pan Dowdy

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Shoo-Fly Pie And Apple Pan Dowdy" by Dinah Shore.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Monday, November 21, 2016

Sunrise Serenade: Oh Buddy, I'm In Love

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Oh Buddy, I'm In Love" by Stella Moya with Nat Gonella.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Jerky Turkey

This Friday before Thanksgiving, we once again invite the great Tex Avery to tell the story of a simple Pilgrim looking for that first Thanksgiving Day meal, and throw in a pack of World War II era jokes to boot.  From the Internet Archive, the 1945 animated short, Jerky Turkey.

Sunrise Serenade: Texas And Pacific

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Texas And Pacific" by Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Thursday, November 17, 2016

1930's Supercars

Vintage Everyday posted a set of photos featuring what it called the "Top 10 Most Beautiful Cars of the 1930s."  I cannot disagree with most of their choices, including the 1935 Delahaye above.  I've seen one of these cars up close, and it is a rolling work of art.  I am a little surprised, however, that the Cord 810/812 did not make the list. 

Sunrise Serenade: Till Then

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Till Then" by the Mills Brothers.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line