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, May 29, 2015

Betty Boop: Kitty From Kansas City

It seems about time for Betty Boop to make another appearance, and this time she stars as the title character of a little singalong featuring Rudy Vallee.  Like many a true artist, Betty was willing to make sacrifices for her art, and she put on a few pounds for this role.  From the Internet Archive, here is the 1931 Max Fleischer cartoon, Kitty From Kansas City

Sunrise Serenade: I'd Rather Lead A Band

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "I'd Rather Lead A Band" by Bunny Berigan and His Boys.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Fighting Robots

Pappy's Golden Age Comics Blogzine posted this pair of stories about fighting robots.  In the first, the hero is Robotman, a robot who poses masquerades as a human, and uses his mechanical powers to fight evil.  In the second story, All-American Girl Liberty Bell opposes a scientists plan to have robots fight for the U.S. rather than soldiers.  When the robots go haywire, she makes her point. 

Sunrise Serenade: Flat Foot Floogie

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Flat Foot Floogie" by the Mills Brothers with Louis Armstrong.  Enjoy the video from YouTube

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Playlist For May 27, 2015

The playlist for the May 27, 2015 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

Dillinger's Terraplane At ACD

John Dillinger's Essex Terraplane
The Hemmings blog noted that the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum in Auburn, Indiana currently has John Dillinger's 1933 Essex Terraplane on display.  I have visited the ACD Museum several times, and it is one of my all time favorite museums.  Housed in the gorgeous Art Deco headquarters and showroom of the original Auburn Automobile Company, the ACD is a wonderful exhibition of not only those iconic marques, but also many other vintage automobiles, with one area set aside for cars made in Indiana.  Dillinger's Essex Terraplane was a high performance vehicle for its time, powered by a Hudson straight eight.

Sunrise Serenade: Barrelhouse Bessie From Basin Street

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Barrelhouse Bessie From Basin Street" by Bob Crosby and His Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

First Hop Of The Summer

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.  Dress like you are going out!
303 South Main
Memphis, TN 38103

The University of Memphis RHLH chapter hosts a free beginner swing dance lesson every Monday (except school holidays) in Room 254 of the Roane Field House.  Beginner lesson from 7:00-8:00 p.m., and social dancing and practice until 9:30.  More information here

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

Sunrise Serenade: Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" by Artie Shaw.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Friday, May 22, 2015

Sunrise Serenade: Tess' Torch Song

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Tess' Torch Song" by Ella Mae Morse.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Sunrise Serenade: Them There Eyes

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Them There Eyes" by Anita O'Day.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Playlist For May 20, 2015

The playlist for the May 20, 2015 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

Preserved 1940's Diner In Berwick, PA

White Horse Grill - Berwick PA 2014
If you are in the mood for a little time traveling in Berwick, Pennsylvania, Retro Roadmap suggests you stop by The White Horse grill, a 1940 diner still sporting all of its original charm and furnishings, including original 1940's table-top juke boxes.

Sunrise Serenade: Skies Are Blue

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Skies Are Blue" by Andy Kirk and his Clouds of Joy.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Memorial Day Weekend 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.  Dress like you are going out!
303 South Main
Memphis, TN 38103

The University of Memphis RHLH chapter hosts a free beginner swing dance lesson every Monday (except school holidays) in Room 254 of the Roane Field House.  Beginner lesson from 7:00-8:00 p.m., and social dancing and practice until 9:30.  More information here

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

Sunrise Serenade: Java Jive

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Java Jive" by the Ink Spots.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Monday, May 18, 2015

Sunrise Serenade: Are You Ready?

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Are You Ready?" by Lucky Millinder and His Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Stage Door Cartoon

Bugs Bunny returns in this encore from 2012 that plays on the title of a popular movie from the Swing Era, Stage Door Canteen.  From the Internet Archive, here is the 1944 animated short, Stage Door Cartoon.

Sunrise Serenade: St. James Infirmary

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "St. James Infirmary" by Cab Calloway.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Garbo, And Not Greta



The Best of World War II blog posted this item about The Spy with 29 Names, a book by Jason Webster.  The spy is question is none other than the legendary double-agent "Garbo."  Garbo was in reality, Juan Pujol, a Spaniard who was caught up in the Spanish Civil War.  After being rejected initially by British intelligence, he started feeding the Germans false information on his own.  When the British discovered how effective he was at misleading the Nazis, they quickly changed their minds.  The Germans were so trusting of Garbo's information, that their reliance on it effectively cemented the success of D-Day.  The Germans even awarded him the Iron Cross, making him probably the only person in history to receive that honor and the Victoria Cross from Great Britain.

Sunrise Serenade: I Found My Yellow Basket

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "I Found My Yellow Basket" by Ella Fitzgerald with Chick Webb and His Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Playlist For May 13, 2015

The playlist for the May 13, 2015 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

Sheet Music Advertisements

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I took to collecting Swing Era sheet music a few years back, so I found this post on Vintage Ads particularly interesting.  It features several advertisements for sheet music, as well as the ad above, which appears to be promoting recordings of "Small Fry" by seven different artists, including Bing Crosby (the original), Kay Kyser, Hal Kemp and Mildred Bailey. 

Sunrise Serenade: Billy-A-Dick

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Billy-A-Dick" by Hoagy Carmichael.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Memphis In May Lindy 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.  Dress like you are going out!
303 South Main
Memphis, TN 38103

The University of Memphis RHLH chapter hosts a free beginner swing dance lesson every Monday (except school holidays) in Room 254 of the Roane Field House.  Beginner lesson from 7:00-8:00 p.m., and social dancing and practice until 9:30.  More information here

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

Sunrise Serenade: Mister Meadowlark

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Mister Meadowlark" by Bing Crosby and Johnny Mercer.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Monday, May 11, 2015

The Man In Black

This Man in Black is neither Johnny Cash nor Tommy Lee Jones.  According to Four Color Shadows, in later reprints of this comic, the "Man in Black" was Fate.  In this version, he refers to himself both Mr. Twilight and Death.  Also staring in this story are Old Man Time and a gremlin. 

Sunrise Serenade: Frankie And Johnny

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Frankie And Johnny" by Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Friday, May 8, 2015

Mother Goose Stories

In honor of Mothers Day, we present an encore of an early Ray Harryhausen animated short featuring Mother Goose.  From the Internet Archive, here is the 1946 stop-motion animated film, Mother Goose Stories.

Sunrise Serenade: American Patrol

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "American Patrol" by Shep Fields.  Enjoy the video from YouTube

It just dawned on me that today is the 70th anniversary of V-E day, which makes this particular serenade somewhat appropriate. 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Victory Gardens

archival victory garden
The National World War II Museum posted this article about Victory Gardens on the first day of Spring.  I'm a bit late in reposting, but maybe you can still get something in the ground for your Victory Garden, and this post has some tips.  I knew civilians planted Victory Gardens during the war, but I did not know the impact they had.  See below:
These provided over a third of the vegetables consumed in the United States! By 1943, 18 million victory gardens were flourishing – 12 million in cities and 6 million on farms. Wherever there was space (roofs, window boxes, backyards), a garden became a great way to save money and put food on the table.

Sunrise Serenade: On The Road To Mandalay

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "On The Road To Mandalay" by Jan Savitt and His Top Hatters with Bon Bon on vocals.  Click on the song title for a sample from emusic, or click here for the album page.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Playlist For May 6, 2015

The playlist for the May 6, 2015 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

Orpheum Summer Movie Series

The Orpheum Theatre has announced its Summer Movie Series schedule. While I recognize that times and tastes change, I cannot help but miss the old "Summer Classic Movie" series, which as its name implied, featured more movies from the Golden Age of Hollywood. Nevertheless, there are a few classic gems on this season's schedule, including Casablanca, The Wizard of Oz, Gone With The Wind, and (although outside the Swing Era, still a classic) The Sound of Music.  

Sunrise Serenade: You Won't Be Satisfied (Until You Break My Heart)

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "You Won't Be Satisfied (Until You Break My Heart)" by Les Brown and His Orchestra with Doris Day on vocals.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Take Mom For A 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.  Dress like you are going out!
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

Sunrise Serenade: Limehouse Blues

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Limehouse Blues" by Ambrose and His Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Monday, May 4, 2015

World War II "Ghost Army"


Boing Boing posted this trailer about the newly released book, The Ghost Army of World War II.  The Ghost Army was a U.S. military unit whose sole purpose was to use deception to convince the Germans that this small unit of troops was an entire army.  The work of this unit, combined with British intelligence and other operations, convinced Hitler that the D-Day invasions of Normandy were a diversion, and that the real invasion would come at the Pas de Calais.

Sunrise Serenade: The Joint Is Jumpin'

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "The Joint Is Jumpin'" by Fats Waller.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.