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.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Swingin' Soundies

If you think that MTV invented music videos, you are in for a little surprise known as the "Soundie." These were short films of musical performances by popular acts of the day, often featuring some dancing. Soundies were played on a coin-operated film jukebox called a "Panoram," which would often be found in bars, breakrooms, nightclubs, restaurants, etc. The Panoram used a series of mirrors to project the image, and the films were actually printed backwards (a mirror image) so they would appear correctly on the machine. As a result, archive versions of Soundies may look a little odd because they are the reverse image.

From the Internet Archive, here is a hot, little number by Thelma White and Her All-Girl Orchestra called "Hollywood Boogie."

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