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.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year!


From everyone here at the SSS, have a very Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Playlist For December 28, 2016

The playlist for the December 28, 2016 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle - New Year's Special - has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Peace On Earth & Merry Christmas!

This particular holiday season has been busier than usual, and has thrown off my usual posting schedule a bit.  Nevertheless, everyone here at the SSS would like to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas!  I could not let the day go by without posting a favorite Christmas cartoon of mine.  Although some of the imagery in this film seems a bit dark for a holiday cartoon, the message is always relevant.  This short was released in 1939, when Europe was either on the brink of or already at war, many in the U.S. were not interested in reliving the horrors of World War I, and the Japanese had not yet attacked Pearl Harbor.  From the Internet Archive, here is Peace On Earth.

I'll be taking a break for a week, but I'll back in the new year. 

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Sunrise Serenade: I Want Your For Christmas

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "I Want Your For Christmas" by Dick Robertson and His Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Playlist For December 21, 2016 - Christmas Special

The playlist for the December 21, 2016 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle - Christmas Special - has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

Sunrise Serenade: Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow" by Woody Herman and His Orchestra.  Enjoy the video below from YouTube.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Pre-Christmas 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.  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: Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Monday, December 19, 2016

1938 French "Walkman"

Paleofuture posted this excerpt from an article in the May 1938 issue of Short Wave and Television, which featured the latest developments in radio from Paris.  Considering the limitations of technology at the time, the "portable" radio at left was pretty compact in its day. 

Sunrise Serenade: Walk With A Wiggle

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Walk With A Wiggle" by the Andrews Sisters.  Enjoy the video from YouTube

Friday, December 16, 2016

Christmas Comes But Once A Year

My little illness leaves me starting the Christmas cartoons a bit later than I would have preferred, but better late than never.  Today we revisit one of the Fleischer Studios' Color Classics in which Grampy uses a little innovation to bring Christmas joy to some orphans.  From the Internet Archive, here is the 1936 animated short, Christmas Comes But Once A Year

Sunrise Serenade: Winter Wonderland

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Winter Wonderland" by the Andrews Sisters.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Mr. Terrific, Plus The Case Of The Missing Blogger


This story, posted on Four Color Shadows, involves the first version of Mr. Terrific.  I was not very familiar with this character, much less that there were two versions, although I had heard him mentioned.  Mr. Terrific had a photographic memory, Olympian athletic skills, and a mastery of the martial arts.  He disguised these abilities in the form of Terry Sloane, a pampered, wealthy investor. 

Now for the case of the Missing Blogger.  I occasionally miss a day or two here and there without comment, but as you may have noticed, I was out for a week with no word as to why.  Simply put, I got really sick.  The miracle of modern medicine got me through it, and I'm back to production.

Sunrise Serenade: What Will Santa Claus Say?

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "What Will Santa Claus Say?" by Louis Prima and His Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Playlist For December 14, 2016

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

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Playlist For December 7, 2016

The playlist for the December 7, 2016 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

75th Anniversary Of Pearl Harbor Attack

Battleship USS Arizona burning at Pearl Harbor, 7 Dec 1941 (US National Archives)
Today, December 7, 2016, is the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.  The "date which will live in infamy" brought the United States into World War II, and began the nation's transformation from an isolationist country to a world superpower.

During the SSS tonight, I'll be playing a few news flashes from December 7 about the Pearl Harbor attack, all available on the News Reports pages of the Internet Archive's Old Time Radio collection.

Sunrise Serenade: Personality

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Personality" by Johnny Mercer.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Monday, December 5, 2016

December On TCM

Myrna Loy
I am a bit late with it, but The Hollywood Revue's preview of Turner Classic Movies programming for December is out.  In addition to a lot of Christmas movies, one of my favorite actresses, Myrna Loy, is the Star of the Month. 

Sunrise Serenade: Be My Life's Companion

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Be My Life's Companion" by the Mills Brothers.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line