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, December 31, 2010

R.I.P. Rosie the Riveter

Geraldine Hoff Doyle, one of the women whose photograph inspired the character of Rosie the Riveter, died yesterday at the age of 86.  In her honor, Boing Boing linked to this very interesting article about the history of women factory workers during World War II.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

New Uses For Old Fords

Once again, Modern Mechanix reveals how people in the 1930's demonstrated their ingenuity with repurposing and recycling.  In those days, if something broke, or was no longer efficient for its original purpose, creative folks gave it new life rather than just throw it away and buy something.  Of course, the Great Depression served as the mother for much of this invention.  In this 1930 issue of Modern Mechanics, the then ubiquitous Ford Model T served as the impetus for a variety of innovative applications.

Sunrise Serenade: What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?

Today's Sunrise Serenade was certainly appropriate:  "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?" by Kay Kyser and his Orchestra.  Click on the song title for a sample from emusic, or click here for the album page.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Playlist For December 29, 2010 - New Year's Special

The playlist for the December 29, 2010 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has just been added to the playlist filing cabinet.

The UK 1940's Radio Station

While cruising around the internet a few weeks ago, I came across The UK 1940's Radio Station, a web radio station based in Britain that plays news, music and radio drama from the 1920's to the 1950's.  The organization also presents sounds from the 1940's at live events around the UK during the summer months.  When I tuned in recently, I heard Vera Lynn singing "When They Sound The Last All Clear."  It is a great audio window into British and radio history.

Sunrise Serenade: Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

This morning's Sunrise Serenade would probably not top the list of favorites among still stranded travelers on the East Coast:  "Let It Snow!  Let It Snow!  Let It Snow!" by Bob Crosby and his Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Live Music Tomorrow Night

Jayna Morgan & the Sazerac Sunrise Jazz Band return to Memphis tomorrow night, Wednesday, December 29, 2010, at the Hi Tone from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.  $7 admission. 

Sunrise Serenade: Christmas Island

The "Twelve Days of Christmas" begin on December 25, and continue through January 5.  My unconscious will therefore be forgiven for continuing to provide holiday songs.  This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Christmas Island" by the Andrews Sisters.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Monday, December 27, 2010

1939 Lincoln Zephyr V-12

Although I recognize the merit of certain Ford vehicles in history, I am not a big Ford enthusiast.  I have often said that, in my family, a "foreign car" meant something not built by GM.  That being said, I have always liked the Lincoln Zephyrs of the late 1930's.  Modern Mechanix posted this ad for a V-12 Zephyr from the April 1939 issue of National Geographic

Sunrise Serenade: Sleigh Ride

The holiday spirit continues with this morning's Sunrise Serenade:  "Sleigh Ride."  Click on the song title for a sample from emusic, or click here for the album page.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas Comes But Once A Year

Merry Christmas!  Here is a holiday greeting by Max Fleischer from the year 1936 posted by the Bijou Blog:  Christmas Comes But Once A Year.  It really gets good when the Prof. Grampy the Inventor shows up to play Santa Claus. 

Friday, December 24, 2010

Norman Rockwell Christmas Covers

Here is a great bit of classic holiday cheer.  Golden Age Comic Book Stories posted a series of Norman Rockwell Christmas covers from The Saturday Evening Post, including this famous artwork from the December 1939 edition.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Sing With King Features Syndicate At Christmas

In 1949, comic distributor King Features Syndicate (Blondie, The Phantom, Popeye, Prince Valiant, etc.), published a set of Christmas carol sheet music featuring its comic strip characters.  Golden Age Comic Book Stories posted a scan of the set.  Merry Christmas from Popeye the Sailor!

No Lindy, But Live Music Wednesday

The Red Hot Lindy Hop has wrapped up its weekly lesson and sessions for 2010, but it will be back next year!

Meanwhile, be sure to catch Jayna Morgan & the Sazerac Sunrise Jazz Band on Wednesday, December 29, 2010, at the Hi Tone from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Sunrise Serenade: Here Comes Santa Claus

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Here Comes Santa Claus" by (guess who) Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters. 

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Playlist For December 22, 2010 - Christmas Special!

The playlist for the December 22, 2010 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle Christmas Special has just been added to the playlist filing cabinet.

Swing Shift Shuffle Christmas Special

If, like the lad in this 1944 photo from the Library of Congress American Memory Collection:  America from the Great Depression to World War II, you are getting a little fatigued by the last minute holiday hustle, never fear.  Just catch the Swing Shift Shuffle Christmas Special, tonight from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (CST) on WEVL Memphis, 89.9 FM, or wevl.org for some invigorating Christmas spirit! 

Sunrise Serenade: Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was certainly appropriate as Christmas nears:  "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisteres.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Snow White Premieres

On this day in 1941, Walt Disney's first, full length, animated feature film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs premiered in the U.S.  The rest, as they say, is history.  Below is the original 1937 trailer, featuring Walt himself introducing the dwarfs. 

Sunrise Serenade: Merry Christmas Polka

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Merry Christmas Polka" by the Andrews Sisters.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Monday, December 20, 2010

The Target

Add "The Target" to the growing list of comic book superheroes of whom I have never heard.  According to Pappy's Golden Age Comics Blogzine, the Target often travelled with the "Targeteers," although they are apparently absent from this 1943 issue.

Sunrise Serenade: Winter Wonderland

This morning's Sunrise Serenade featured the same song as one day last week, but a different artist.  It was "Winter Wonderland" by Louis Armstrong. 

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Snow Foolin'

I do not remember if I have ever posted a "sing along" cartoon here on the SSS, but this seasonally appropriate animated short from 1949 seemed like the perfect opportunity to start.  No real story here, just a bunch of animals having fun with winter sports, followed by a sing along with "Jingle Bells."  I had never heard those additional verses to the song.  From the Internet Archive, here is Snow Foolin'.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Paleo-Future And The Age Of Power And Wonder

I recently discovered another interesting blog:  Paleo-Future:  A look into the future that never was.  As its subtitle implies, it features examples of unfulfilled predictions from the past about the future.  The first posting I read was about a series of collector cards included in Max cigarette packages called "The Age of Power and Wonder."

This series from 1935-38 includes predictions of robot servants, spaceships, live television from exotic locations, and ubiquitous airports atop city high rises. Somewhat ironically for a cigarette manufacturer, card number six in this series of 250 predicted great advances in the treatment of cancer.

Sunrise Serenade: Jingle Bells

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was Glenn Miller's version of "Jingle Bells," featuring Tex Beneke on vocals.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Trust Your Car To The Man With The Star

When I was a kid, I used to hang around my uncle's DX gas station.  This post on Vintage Ads reminded me of those days.  I especially like the fine-print plug for the Texaco Star Theatre presenting the new Eddie Brocken show every Sunday night, and the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts every Saturday afternoon. 

Sunrise Serenade: Winter Wonderland

Keeping with the sounds of the season, if not with the weather (in Memphis at least), this morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Winter Wonderland" by the Andrews Sisters.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Playlist For December 15, 2010

The playlist for the December 15, 2010 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has just been added to the playlist filing cabinet.

Classic Christmas Movie At Majestic Grille

Once again, I missed most of the Majestic Grille's "Sunday Suppers and a Movie" series, but the last film is Sunday, December 19, with the special menu below and It's A Wonderful Life (1946).  The menu is available at 6:30 p.m., and the movie starts at 7:00 p.m.   
  • Antipasto - stuffed cherry peppers, warm grilled mushrooms, prosciutto & arugula
  • Beef and Three Cheese Lasagna
  • Caesar Salad
  • Apple Strudel - cinnamon ice cream

Sunrise Serenade: Santa Claus Got Stuck In My Chimney

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Santa Claus Got Stuck In My Chimney" by Ella Fitzgerald.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Holiday Hop And Live Music

The weekly Red Hot Lindy Hop lesson and session continues this Friday, with the lesson will be by Matt and Becky with music by Becky.  Free admission before 7:00 p.m., and $5 at the door afterwards. 

Rumba Room
303 South Main
Memphis, TN 38103

U of M Swing every Monday, Fieldhouse Room 254 from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.  Free taster lesson from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Topics vary from week to week and include East Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, Charleston, Blues and Balboa. All are welcome and no partner is required. Open practice from 8-9:30 pm. Improve your moves during this dance time. Ask questions, come practice your swing dancing and have fun with other Memphis swing dancers!

On December 29, 2010, Jayna Morgan & the Sazerac Sunrise Jazz Band return to Memphis at the Hi Tone from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Sunrise Serenade: Winter Weather

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was certainly appropriate:  "Winter Weather" by Benny Goodman and his Orchestra with Peggy Lee and Art Lund on vocals.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Christmas In The Movies

This time of year brings out the usual standard fare of classic holiday movies.  Matinee At The Bijou posted an article about a number of excellent films that, although not as associated with Christmas as other movies, nevertheless have a healthy dose of Yuletide spirit, such as Remember The Night (1940) with Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray. 
There are so many wonderful classic films that have become part of our holiday traditions that it just doesn’t seem like December until we’ve heard Bing Crosby sing White Christmas (1954) or watched Jimmy Stewart run down Main Street past the Bijou Theater in It’s a Wonderful Life (1946). But there are other films—films not specifically about Christmas, but set around this time of year—that are equally charming and give us the added fun of sneaking a peek at Christmas traditions of the past as preserved on film.

Sunrise Serenade: You Don't Have To Be A Santa Claus

Continuing the holiday theme, today's Sunrise Serenade was "You Don't Have To Be A Santa Claus" by the Mills Brothers.  Click on the song title for a sample from emusic, or click here for the album page.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Superman: Showdown

The Man of Steel returns!  In this 1942 cartoon, a mobster's henchman poses as Superman to aid in the commission of his crimes.  From the Internet Archive, here is Showdown.

Friday, December 10, 2010

The Wizard (And Not Of Oz)

From the forgotten superheroes file, here (like the magic resident of Oz) is another Wizard that emerged in 1939.  According to Pappy's Golden Age Comics Blogzine, he was one of the first superheroes to appear after Superman.  I especially like the king-sized, streamliner Wizardmobile.

Sunrise Serenade: Hello Mr. Kringle

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Hello Mr. Kringle" by Kay Kyser and his Orchestra.  I've recently noticed that YouTube has a lot of Christmas songs available from the swing era.  Enjoy.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

"Round Up The Usual Suspects!"

With those words, Police Prefect Captain Louis Renault (Claude Rains) became the hero of Casablanca (1942).  Yes, I know that Richard Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) thumbed his nose at the Nazis, sacrificed his love for Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) to help Victor Lazlo escape the Germans, and shot the villain, Major Strasser (Conrad Veidt).  I also know that Captain Renault had "no convictions," blew "with the wind," and was only a "poor, corrupt official."  Nevertheless, he was the hero because, if not for his actions, there would have been no happy ending. 

When the Casablanca police arrive at the airport, Victor and Ilsa's plane is taxiing down the runway, Rick stands near the dead body of Major Strasser hiding a smoking revolver in his pocket.  The officers report to Captain Renault, who has witnessed the shooting.  In his most official voice, Captain Renault states that "Major Strasser's been shot."  Then, as the audience waits for him to arrest Rick, with only the slightest pause for a look at Rick, Renault gives the command to "Round up the usual suspects."  At that point, the theater audience inevitably cheers, and only the hero gets cheers. 
That is one of my favorite Claude Rains moments, and a suitable (if long) introduction to a profile on Rains posted by Classic Movie Digest.  Like one of my other favorite actors, Basil Rathbone, Rains was equally adept as good guy (if rarely leading man) or villain.

Sunrise Serenade: Poppa Santa Claus

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Poppa Santa Claus" by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters.  It appears that YouTube has a corner on Bing and the Andrews' holiday music.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Playlist For December 8, 2010

The playlist for the December 8, 2010 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has just been added to the playlist filing cabinet.

Hop Into The Holidays

The Red Hot Lindy Hop weekly lesson and session continues this Friday.  The lesson will be by Jaredan and Michelle with music by Jaredan.  Free admission before 7:00 p.m., and $5 at the door afterwards. 

Rumba Room
303 South Main
Memphis, TN 38103

U of M Swing every Monday, Fieldhouse Room 254 from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.  Free taster lesson from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Topics vary from week to week and include East Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, Charleston, Blues and Balboa. All are welcome and no partner is required. Open practice from 8-9:30 pm. Improve your moves during this dance time. Ask questions, come practice your swing dancing and have fun with other Memphis swing dancers!

Sunrise Serenade: Winter Weather

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Winter Weather" by Benny Goodman and his Orchestra with Peggy Lee and Art Lund on vocals.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Pearl Harbor And The Last Packard

On this date in 1941, Japanese planes attacked U.S. military installations in and around Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; bringing the United States into World War II.  The Library of Congress American Memory site has a wide variety of information on this world-changing event, many of which are included on the Today in History page marking the date.

The Hemmings blog also marks the day with this photo of the last Packard automobile produced before the factory converted to producing engines for the war effort.

Packard introduced its 1942 cars on August 25, 1941, and shut down its automobile production lines at the Detroit East Grand Boulevard plant just a couple months after Pearl Harbor, on February 9, 1942. As indicated by the sign held above the Clipper in the photo, Packard re-tooled to produce 1,350hp 4,000-cu.in. marine V-12 engines destined for PT boats as well as Rolls Royce Merlin aircraft engines for P-40s and P-51s. According to Dammann and Wren in their Crestline book on Packard, toward the end of the war the company was even researching and developing gas turbine engines.

Sunrise Serenade: Jingle Bells

With Christmas around the corner, there will be a lot of Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters in the air.  This morning's Sunrise Serenade was no exception.  It was Bing and the Andrews' version of "Jingle Bells."  For this song, I found another YouTube video.  Enjoy.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Songs Around The Campfire (For A Nickel)

While browsing through the Library of Congress American Memory photo collection entitled America From the Great Depression to World War II, I stumbled across this interesting item.  In 1944, if you were to visit this trailer campsite/park near Childersburg, Alabama, you could crank up your own impromptu outdoor dance by just opening the Juke Box shed.  I wonder if a Soda Fountain shed is just outside the frame. 

Sunrise Serenade: I'd Like To Hitch A Ride With Santa Claus

The holiday spirit continues.  This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "I'd Like to Hitch A Ride With Santa Claus" by the Andrews Sisters.  Below is a nice video of the song being played on a antique record player. 

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Betty Boop And Little Jimmy

Time for another Betty Boop cartoon.  In this short, the story follows Jimmy, who keeps getting distracted while looking for assistance to help extricate Betty from a runaway exercise machine.  From the Internet Archive, here is the 1936 animated short, Betty Boop And Little Jimmy.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Is Man Doomed By The Machine Age?

Once again, it seems the more things change the more they remain the same. Modern Mechanix posted this article from a 1931 issue of Modern Mechanics, which asked whether man would be replaced by machine. Sound familiar?
Is Man Doomed by The Machine Age?
With thousands of men unemployed, many of them because machines have forced them out of their jobs, the old cry that man has created a Machine Age which will destroy him has been taken up again. Which is the true picture—is the Machine a destructive monster, or a means to leisure and wealth? Is our civilization doomed to destruction because of our dependence on machines? Read the opinions of eminent scientists and industrial leaders in this article.

Sunrise Serenade: Meet Me Under The Mistletoe

The holiday tunes are back again.  This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Meet Me Under The Mistletoe" by Dick Robertson.  Click on the song title for a sample from emusic, or click here for the album page.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Alice In Wonderland Review

Back in March, I posted about the DVD release of the 1933 movie, Alice In Wonderland, which starred some heavy Hollywood hitters (Cary Grant, Gary Cooper and W.C. Fields) in some weird and wacky costumes.  Amy's Classic Movie Blog posted her review of the film, and it definitely makes me want to check it out, if for no other reason to see Cary Grant as the Mock Turtle.

Sunrise Serenade: I Gotta Have My Baby Back

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "I Gotta Have My Baby Back" by Ella Fitzgerald and the Mills Brothers.  Click on the song title for a sample from emusic, or click here for the album page.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Playlist For December 1, 2010

The playlist for the December 1, 2010 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has just been added to the playlist filing cabinet.

Harleys = Rocket

Here is a great advertisement for a 1932 Harley Davidson from the December 1931 issue of Modern Mechanix.  This ad is full of neat items:  the rocket; the riding outfit (back in the days before leather was the de facto attire for motorcycling); the safety of "shoot[ing]" away from tangled traffic; the Pay-As-You-Ride Plan; and the age group boxes on the mail-in coupon.

Sunrise Serenade: Zat You, Santa Claus?

The holiday spirit continues.  This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Zat You, Santa Claus?" by Louis Armstrong.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Lindy Hop Is Back

With the Thanksgiving break over, the weekly Red Hot Lindy Hop lesson and session returns this Friday.  The lesson will be by Mike and Erin, with music by Mike.  Free admission before 7:00 p.m., and $5 at the door afterwards. 

Rumba Room
303 South Main
Memphis, TN 38103

U of M Swing every Monday, Fieldhouse Room 254 from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.  Free taster lesson from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Topics vary from week to week and include East Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, Charleston, Blues and Balboa. All are welcome and no partner is required. Open practice from 8-9:30 pm. Improve your moves during this dance time. Ask questions, come practice your swing dancing and have fun with other Memphis swing dancers!

Sunrise Serenade: Santa Claus Got Stuck In My Chimney

Now that the holidays are here, it was inevitable that songs of the season would make their way into my unconscious.  This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Santa Claus Got Stuck In My Chimney" by Ella Fitzgerald.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Monday, November 29, 2010

Sub-Mariner

Here is another Golden Age comic book character with whom I was not familiar:  Sub-Mariner.  He was the mutant son of a human sea captain and a princess from Alantis, who was apparently one of the first comic book superheroes.  Pappy's Golden Age Comics Blogzine posted this 1948 issue.

Sunrise Serenade: A Kid Named Joe

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "A Kid Named Joe" by the Mills Brothers.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Gold Rush Daze

This Warner Bros. cartoon about folks rushing about in a frenzy of materialism seemed appropriate for yesterday's "Black Friday" shopping event.  From the Internet Archive, here is Gold Rush Daze.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Be Careful - And Courteous - On Black Friday

As many venture out into the frenzy of consumerism that is Black Friday, please be careful in the crowds and traffic, and courteous to your fellow shoppers.  After all, one of the themes of the season (in more than one faith) is supposed to be PEACE. 

Window shoppers looking at a toy display in downtown Providence, Rhode Island in 1944 - From the Library of Congress American Memory Collection:  America From the Great Depression to World War II.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

From myself and the rest of the Swing Shift Shuffle crew at the WEVL Music Factory, have a Happy Thanksgiving! 
Thanksgiving 1944 in the home of a family in Neffsville, Pennsylvania - From the Library of Congress American Memory Collection:  America From the Great Depression to World War II.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Playlist For November 24, 2010

The playlist for the November 24, 2010 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has just been added to the playlist filing cabinet.

Hard To Lindy With All That Turkey (And Shopping)

The Red Hot Lindy Hop takes a Thanksgiving holiday break this Friday night to let everyone recover from the feasting and Black Friday, but it will be back next Friday, December 3. 

Sunrise Serenade: Jeepers Creepers

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Jeepers Creepers" by Bert Ambrose and his Orchestra.  Click on the song title for a sample courtesy of emusic, or click here for the album page. 

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Roy Rogers: Under The California Stars

Over at the [Matinee At] The Bijou Blog, there is a great article about Republic Pictures' 1948 release, Under The California Stars, featuring the "King of the Cowboys," Roy Rogers.  In addition to information about the movie itself, this post provides a nice history of Rogers, Dale Evans, the Sons of the Pioneers and, of course, Trigger.  By the way, the rider in Trigger's first movie appearence was not Rogers, or any other cowboy for that matter.  He was the mount for Maid Marian (Olivia de Havilland) in the 1938 film, The Adventures of Robin Hood when Errol Flynn swung in to welcome her party to Sherwood Forest.

Sunrise Serenade: Hi Ho Trailus Boot Whip

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Hi Ho Trailus Boot Whip" by Anita O'Day.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Rare (Very Rare) Autos On The Block

The Hemmings blog noted that two extremely rare cars will be offered at the Goodings & Company auction in Scottsdale, Arizona in January 2011.  The first is an all original Tucker 48, with only 10,000 miles, that has apparently been resting quietly in a private barn for over 50 years.  Considering that Preston Tucker built less than 50 of his namesake cars, this story falls into the ultimate "barn find" category.  The other is one of only five surviving 1941 Chrysler Newports with LeBaron coachwork.  Expected sale price on each?  Over $1,000,000. 

Sunrise Serenade: Flyin' Home

This morning's Sunrise Serenade seemed appropriate for Monday before Thanksgiving.  It was "Flyin' Home" by Woody Herman and his Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Jerky Turkey

For Thanksgiving, we 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, Jerkey Turkey.

Friday, November 19, 2010

The Gypsy Hombres Help Put A New Face On An Old Broad

The Gypsy Hombres return to Memphis as part of the Broad Avenue Arts District urban renewal event:  A New Face For An Old Broad, this Saturday, November 20, 2010.  The Hombres will play from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m., and there are plenty of other things to see, hear and do.  Below is a video from an Hombres performance earlier this year. 

Sunrise Serenade: Wrappin' It Up

Today's Sunrise Serenade was certainly appropriate for the end of a work week:  "Wrappin' It Up" by Fletcher Henderson and his Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Train Travel: Getting There Is Half The Fun

This item from Vintage Ads depicts train travel in the days before airlines took over as the prevalent means of transportation.  This 1947 advertisment promotes the "low cost luxury" of the New York Central Pacemaker.

Sunrise Serenade: Music Makers

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Music Makers" by Harry James and his Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Playlist For November 17, 2010

The playlist for the November 17, 2010 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has just been added to the playlist filing cabinet.

Raymond Scott Documentary On DVD

Thanks to Boing Boing for letting me know that Deconstructing Dad, a documentary about composer and inventor Raymond Scott, is out on DVD.  In a related family note, John Williams' dad, Johnny Williams, was a member of the Raymond Scott Quintette. 
The film, which was directed by Scott's only son, features movie-music legend JOHN WILLIAMS ('STAR WARS'), producer HAL WILNER, MARK MOTHERSBAUGH of DEVO, jazz clarinetist DON BYRON, archival footage of EDWARD R. MURROW, and DJ SPOOKY, aka Paul D. Miller.

Sunrise Serenade: Dreamer's Holiday

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Dreamer's Holiday" by Bing Crosby and Ella Fitzgerald.  Click on the song title for a sample from emusic, or click here for the album page.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Keep Warm With The Lindy Hop

As the cool weather arrives, keep warm with the weekly Red Hot Lindy Hop lesson and session Friday.  The lesson will be by Jaredan and Erin, with music by Jaredan.  Free admission before 7:00 p.m., and $5 at the door afterwards. 

Rumba Room
303 South Main
Memphis, TN 38103

U of M Swing every Monday, Fieldhouse Room 254 from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.  Free taster lesson from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Topics vary from week to week and include East Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, Charleston, Blues and Balboa. All are welcome and no partner is required. Open practice from 8-9:30 pm. Improve your moves during this dance time. Ask questions, come practice your swing dancing and have fun with other Memphis swing dancers!

Sunrise Serenade: Exactly Like You

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Exactly Like You" by Louis Armstrong.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Drive-In Movie Car Speakers From 1948

The fact that this advertisement, posted on Vintage Ads, promoted "in car" speakers as "new" made me wonder what sort of sound system drive-in movies used before their invention.  I just assumed that in car speakers existed since the beginning of the drive-in.  Anyone know how folks heard the sound before in car speakers?

Sunrise Serenade: I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm

As cooler weather finally arrives in Memphis, this morning's Sunrise Serenade was "I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm" by Red Norvo and his Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Porky's Pooch

This 1941 black & white cartoon, directed by Bob Clampett, seems like a rough draft for Warner Bros.' later release, Little Orphan Airdale, directed by Chuck Jones.  The underlying story is the same, but with different gags.  The placement of animation over what appear to be photographed backgrounds is interesting, and I like the Carman Miranda reference.  From the Internet Archive, here is Porky's Pooch.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Bucky Fuller's Dymaxion Car Lives Again

On the other end of the three wheel vehicle spectrum from the little Morgan trike was Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion carBoing Boing posted that a British architect has commissioned his own
In 1933, Buckminster Fuller designed the Dymaxion car, a concept vehicle that could hold 11 passengers and had a fuel efficiency of 30+ miles per gallon. Three prototypes were built, but the only survivor is in the National Automobile Museum in Reno, Nevada. Recently though, renowned UK architect Norman Foster, one of Fuller's colleagues late in his life, commissioned construction of his own Dymaxion car.

Sunrise Serenade: I'm Getting Sentimental Over You

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" by Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Veterans' Day

On Veterans' Day, one often sees photos or images of military personnel in dress uniforms, in parades, etc.  I came across this photo from the Library of Congress American Memory collection:  Depression Era to World War II.  According to the caption, it depicts an operation on a wounded American soldier by Major George Marks. The soldier was wounded in the arms and shoulders by shrapnel from a Japanese mortar as he was storming a pillbox in New Guinea in 1944.  This picture reflects the realities of why we have Veterans' Day. 

Sunrise Serenade: The Woodpecker Song

As often happens on a Thursday, this morning's Sunrise Serenade was a song I played on the show last night:  "The Woodpecker Song" by the Andrews Sisters.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Playlist For November 10, 2010 - Fall Pledge Drive Special!

The playlist for the November 10, 2010 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle, the Fall Pledge Drive Special celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Billboard record sales charts, has just been added to the playlist filing cabinet

The Lindy Hops On This Friday

The Red Hot Lindy Hop lesson and session continues this week with a lesson by Matt and Amanda and music by Amanda.  Free admission before 7:00 p.m., and $5 at the door afterwards. 

Rumba Room
303 South Main
Memphis, TN 38103

U of M Swing every Monday, Fieldhouse Room 254 from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.  Free taster lesson from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Topics vary from week to week and include East Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, Charleston, Blues and Balboa. All are welcome and no partner is required. Open practice from 8-9:30 pm. Improve your moves during this dance time. Ask questions, come practice your swing dancing and have fun with other Memphis swing dancers!

Sunrise Serenade: Ah, Your Father's Mustache

Today's Sunrise Serenade was an encore from October:  "Ah, Your Father's Mustache" by Woody Herman.  Click on the song title for a sample from emusic, or click here for the album page.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Swing Shift Shuffle Fall Pledge Drive Special Tomorrow!

For the Swing Shift Shuffle Fall Pledge Drive Special, we will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Billboard record sale charts by featuring songs and tunes from Billboard charts for the year 1940.  Tune in, and remember to call 901-528-1990, or go online with your pledge of support to WEVL!

Sunrise Serenade: Believe It, Beloved

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Believe It, Beloved" by Fats Waller.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Monday, November 8, 2010

Jive Takes a Holiday With The Kilroys

Over at Pappy's Golden Age Comics Blogzine, Pappy combines comics and swing with this post of an issue of The Kilroys.  In this story, Mr. K expresses his frustration over his daughter's fascination with the nonsensical music of the modern age (1947!), stuff like "Cement Mixer, Putti, Putti" by Slim Gaillard.  It has some fun swing reference details like a poster for "Gene Trupa."