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.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Bold Venture

Ziv's promotional broadside for their Bold Venture production
I can wholeheartedly agree with the decision of Comics, Old Time Radio & Other Cool Stuff to select a Bold Venture episode as one of its "Friday's Favorite OTR."  I just started listening to this series (available on the Internet Archive), and they are some of the best classic radio adventures I have ever heard.  The roles played by Bogey and Bacall in this series are very similar to their roles in the film To Have and Have Not.  Bogart (Slate Shannon) owns a boat and a hotel in Havana, Cuba, and Bacall (Sailor Duvall) is his romantic interest/foil.  Their dialogue is romantic, dark and sharp.  In one recent episode, Shannon pretends to dump Sailor for a beautiful, female criminal mastermind, only to use the opportunity to disarm said femme fatale so Sailor can get her gun.  Being unaware that Shannon is just pretending, Sailor grabs the gun and says "I've got the gun, Slate, who do I kill first?"  That line caused a definite LOL.  

Sunrise Serenade: Tico-Tico No Fuba

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Tico-Tico No Fuba" by the Brazilian Bombshell, Carmen Miranda.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Playlist For October 26, 2016

The playlist for the October 26, 2016 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

From Radar To Microwave Ovens

A Raytheon Radarange from the 1950s The National World War II Museum blog posted this item regarding the origin of the microwave oven.  From it we learn that while American scientist Percy Spencer was experimenting with magnetrons one day in 1940, he discovered that the candy bar in his pocket melted.  The next day, he placed a container of popcorn over the magnetron, and became the first person to make microwave popcorn.

Sunrise Serenade: You, You Darlin'

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "You, You Darlin'" by Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Pre-Halloween 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 Phil and Anna, with music by DJ Anna.
303 South Main
Memphis, TN 38103

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: Rose Room

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Rose Room" by the Benny Goodman Sextet.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Today In History: G. Washington Bridge, Air Race, 40 Hour Week & The U.N.

I have not posted a item about this day in history for a while, and I hope to get back in the habit.   According to The People History, some interesting events took place on today's date (October 24) during the Swing Era.  

George Washington Bridge Public Domain Photo 
U.S. 1931 U.S.A. George Washington Bridge Opens: The upper level of the George Washington Bridge, able to carry six lanes of traffic, connecting New York and New Jersey, opened to traffic. Work on the bridge on behalf of the Port of New York Authority had begun in October 1927.

UK 1934 UK The MacRobertson Trophy Air Race: The MacRobertson Trophy Air Race with a prize of over $75,000 starts from RAF Mildenhall in East Anglia to Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne, aircraft entered from all over the world including America, Holland, Argentina. New Zealand, Australia and more. The race was over 11,000 miles with stops at at Baghdad, Allahabad, Singapore, Darwin and Charleville, Queensland. A British built de Havilland DH.88 Comet piloted by C.W.A. Scott, T. Campbell Black won the race with an elapsed time of 71hr 0.  

U.S. 1940 U.S.A. 40hr Working Week:  Due to the passing of the Fair Labor Standards Act (29 U.S. Code Chapter 8) in 1938 (part of the New Deal) the 40-hour working week goes into effect.  

U.S. 1945 U.S.A. United Nations Oct. 24th, 1945 : The United Nations is formally established as a new international body to maintain peace in the postwar world when its charter was ratified by China, France, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, the United States and a majority of other signatories. 

Sunrise Serenade: Lulu's Back In Town

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Lulu's Back In Town" by Fats Waller.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Friday, October 21, 2016

The Big Snooze

This 2012 encore is a classic Warner Bros. Bugs Bunny cartoon, in which Bugs uses psychological warfare to convince Elmer Fudd not to break up their act.  There is some great Raymond Scott music in this short.  From the Internet Archive, here is the 1946 animated short, The Big Snooze.

Sunrise Serenade: After You've Gone

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "After You've Gone" by the Benny Goodman Trio.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Disney Animated Film Posters

Movie posters are cool in general, but posters for animated films, especially classic, full-length Disney features, are really cool.  Vintage Ads posted a half dozen such posters, including both full-length animated films and shorts.

Sunrise Serenade: If I Could Steal You From Somebody Else

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "If I Could Steal You From Somebody Else" by Anita O'Day.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Playlist For October 19, 2016

The playlist for the October 19, 2016 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

Inspirational Music Of World War II

via National Archives
The National World War II Museum posted this interesting article on the role of music during WW2.  In addition to a discussion of how the themes of popular music changed after Pearl Harbor, there is a playlist of favorite wartime songs.

Sunrise Serenade: Rain

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Rain" by Jimmie Lunceford and His Orchestra.  Enjoy the video from YouTube