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.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Snow Foolin'

With the 2018 Winter Olympics about to conclude, I thought we would stick with that theme.  No real story here, just a bunch of animals having fun with winter sports, followed by a sing along with "Jingle Bells."  From the Internet Archive, here is Snow Foolin'.

Sunrise Serenade: Back Bay Shuffle

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Back Bay Shuffle" by Artie Shaw.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Before The Bookmobile, There Was The Bookhorse


In the 1930's, the Works Progress Administration created the Pack Horse Library Initiative to provide reading materials to people living in poor, remote areas of Kentucky.  Posted on History Daily, this article and series of photographs explains the challenges these women, who were paid by the WPA, faced while delivering their literature. 

Sunrise Serenade: I Fell Down And Broke My Heart In Two

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "I Fell Down And Broke My Heart In Two" by Bonnie Baker.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Playlist For February 21, 2018

The playlist for the February 21, 2018 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

Sunrise Serenade: One Dozen Roses

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "One Dozen Roses" by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Ball Of Fire

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FilmStruck posted this review of the 1941 film, Ball of Fire, starring Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck.  This movie, along with its musical remake, A Song Is Born (1948), is one of my favorites, and this review has some interesting historical insight into this classic, screwball comedy.  For example, when one of the gangsters holding the eccentric professors prisoner starts using items in the room for target practice, he says "I saw me a picture last week," and proceeds to wet the sight of his gun, as leading man Gary Cooper did in his previous film, Sergeant York (1941).

Sunrise Serenade: You Took Advantage Of Me

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "You Took Advantage Of Me" by Anita O'Day.  Enjoy the video from YouTube

Thursday, February 15, 2018

It Happened One Night

It Happened One Night
Here is a nice lobby card, posted on Vintage Ads, for the 1934 film, It Happened One Night.  A fun movie, it is the story of a runaway heiress being accompanied by a (unknown to her) reporter after the story of her running away.  There are some great scenes relating to intercity bus travel, complete with stops at tourist courts.

Sunrise Serenade: I'll Always Be In Love With You

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "I'll Always Be In Love With You" by Ella Fitzgerald.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.