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, July 27, 2010

Happy Birthday Bugs Bunny!

On July 27, 1940, Warner Bros. released A Wild Hare, considered by many to be the first appearence of the Wascally Wabbit in his final form.  This was not Elmer Fudd's first appearance, but he was closer to what would become his final form than in earlier shorts, and this picture established the basis that would eventually be refined into the final version of Elmer.  Both characters' opening lines would become catchphrases.  Happy 70th Birthday Bugs!

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