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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like more information about the radio show, just go to the Radio Show FAQ page.
Monday, November 9, 2009
RAF Home Movies from World War II
The BBC reports about a British woman who discovered some amateur movie footage shot by her grandfather while he was as a Spitfire pilot in the RAF during World War II. As we approach Veterans' Day (a/k/a Armistice Day or Rememberance Day) on November 11, this seemed like an appropriate item to post. Note that the British historian interviewed in the piece is wearing his red, Rememberence Day poppy on his lapel. Although the UK maintains that tradition, it was an American woman who actually started it.