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, April 26, 2010

Memphis and Machine Gun Kelly

A nice little hometown history item appeared in The Commercial Appeal today.  Crime writer Ace Atkins based his latest novel, Infamous, on Kelly's kidnapping of a wealthy Oklahoma man and the two month, cross-country pursuit that ended with Kelly's apprehension in his (and my) hometown of Memphis.  Atkins describes Kelly as "a basically likeable gangster who never even killed anyone."

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