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.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Swing Shift Shuffle Indeed!

At Vintage Projects, I found an interesting 1943 Popular Mechanics article about employers using music to increase their workers' morale and productivity.  A variety of different industries tried the experiment, from laundries to shipyards, featuring both live and recorded music.  I especially like the caption under one photo of two female employees putting slips of paper in the Music Request Box:  "Some like it sweet, some like it hot - both get their wish." 

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