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, July 20, 2009

Beale Street honors Swing Band Leader Jimmie Lunceford

I missed posting this item before it happened, but it is certainly worthy of a belated mention. One of my favorite swing-era band leaders, former Memphian and Manasas High School Band director, Jimmie Lunceford, will receive a brass note on the Beale Street Walk of Fame. There was a celebration on Beale Street yesterday to mark the occasion.

For a more detailed examination of Lunceford's Memphis connection, read The Memphis Flyer article from August 2007 about him HERE.

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