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.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Sunrise Serenade: You Can't Get That No More

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "You Can't Get That No More" by Louis Jordan and His Tympani Five.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Last February Hop

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 Phil and Joy with music by DJ Joy.

Live music next week with Sweet Megg and the Wayfarers. 


303 South Main
Memphis, TN 38103

Sunrise Serenade: Boogie Woogie Piggy

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Boogie Woogie Piggy" by Glenn Miller and his Orchestra, with Tex Beneke on vocals.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Senorita Rio

According to Pappy's Golden Age Comics Blogzine, this 1945 Senorita Rio story featured a glamorous female action hero drawn by a 20 year old female artist.  In this episode, Senorita Rio foils an attempted coup d'etat. 

Sunrise Serenade: It's Great To Be Alive

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "It's Great To Be Alive" by Jo Stafford and Johnny Mercer.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Sunrise Serenade: The Lady's In Love With You

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "The Lady's In Love With You" by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Playlist For February 15, 2017

The playlist for the February 15, 2017 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

Color Footage Of 1934 World's Fair


I have seen amateur color footage from the 1939 World's Fair in New York on the Internet Archive, but Boing Boing pointed me to this commercially produced color short of the 1933 World's Fair in Chicago.  Since most existing footage or photos from the 1930's are in black and white, it never occurs to some people that, yes, color existed before 1950.  This short shows its commercial purpose when it becomes a Chrysler ad.

Sunrise Serenade: Smoke Rings

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Smoke Rings" by the Casa Loma Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Hop Into Presidents Day Weekend

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 Martin and Bethany with DJ Bethany.


303 South Main
Memphis, TN 38103

Sunrise Serenade: Chant Of The Jungle

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Chant Of The Jungle" by the Casa Loma Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Kinks Mason And His Trained Seal (No, Seriously!)

This comic, posted on Four Color Shadows, interested me for several reasons:  1) the name "Kinks" Mason 2) a trained seal sidekick, and 3) a story about stopping seal poachers from the 1940's.  The story does not really get into the moral or environmental issues about clubbing baby seals to death for their fur.  Instead, it has more of a law and order vibe, like "poaching is illegal and we should stop it."  Of course, it could just be that the writers wanted to give "Battler," our hero's trained seal, the opportunity to enlist his fellow aquatic mammals' help in capturing the bad guys. 

Sunrise Serenade: Huckleberry Duck

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Huckleberry Duck" by Raymond Scott.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.