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, September 26, 2016

The Lone Ranger - Comics, Old Time Radio & Other Cool Stuff

I have just started following a blog called Comics, Old-Time Radio and Other Cool Stuff, and came across this posting of a 1942 Lone Ranger radio show entitled "Lennie's Locket."  You can listen or download from the site.  From COTR&OCS:
Everyone wonders why Lennie--a big, burly man--wears a locket and values it so highly. Oddly, the answer might involve outlaws who are apparently black-mailing the owner of the ranch at which Lennie works.

Sunrise Serenade: It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" by Duke Ellington and His Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Taking A Break

I'm taking a bit of a late-Summer/early-Fall break, but I'll be back next Monday. 

Friday, September 16, 2016

The Lion's Busy

This encore from 2012 features a Mortimer Snerd-ish buzzard and an Irish lion.  It seems that lions rarely lived longer than 10 years in those days, and the lion was celebrating his 10th birthday, so the buzzard was looking for a meal.  From the Internet Archive, here is the 1948 Warner Bros. animated short, The Lion's Busy.

Sunrise Serenade: My Little Cousin

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "My Little Cousin" by Peggy Lee with Benny Goodman and His Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Red Blazer

In this comic, posted on Four Color Shadows, our hero "Red Blazer" seeks out a counterfeiting gang.  Red can apparently fly, has super strength, and can control the forces of fire and heat; but fire extinguishers are his weakness (seriously!).  The villain in this story, Dr. Skull, the "deformed" leader of the gang, really takes the cake.

Sunrise Serenade: Massachusetts

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Massachusetts" by Anita O'Day with Gene Krupa and His Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Playlist For September 14, 2016

The playlist for the September 14, 2016 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

Fueling A Flying Boat

This photo, posted on Rivet Head, appears to show U.S. Navy sailors refueling a "flying boat" aircraft during World War II.  I found this image interesting because of the aircraft, the relatively unknown Martin PBM Mariner.  The Consolidated PB-Y "Catalina" is often the first aircraft that springs to mind when talking about amphibious or marine aircraft of that era, probably since it served in greater numbers.  This Mariner appears to be equipped with a radar dome. 

Sunrise Serenade: Organ Grinder's Swing

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Organ Grinder's Swing" by the Mills Brothers.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Hop Into Fall

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 Ceasar and Joy, with music by DJ Joy.
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: Nobody's Sweetheart

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Nobody's Sweetheart" by the Spirits of Rhythm.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Preston Sturges Movie Posters

Last week, Turner Classic Movies aired six movies by famed director Preston Sturgies, and the TCM blog, Movie Morlocks, posted a collection of movie posters from those films, including several foreign-language posters.  Pictured above is a poster from one of my favorite Sturgis films, Sullivan's Travels, starring Joel McCrea and the always lovely peek-a-boo hairdo girl, Veronica Lake. 

Sunrise Serenade: I Want To Learn About Love

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "I Want To Learn About Love" by Ella Fitzgerald with the Daydreamers.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.