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.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Statue And Monument For Both Of The Memphis Belles
Both of the Memphis Belles will be enshrined in a monument in Overton Park as a tribute to the famous plane and its namesake. As reported by The Commercial Appeal, Artist Andrea Lugar created a bronze statue of Margaret Polk, the "Memphis Belle" after whom her then fiance, bomber pilot Robert Morgan, named his B-17 Flying Fortress. A life-size version of Polk and an intricate relief sculpture of the airplane and crew members will be mounted in a limestone base and installed in a ceremony scheduled for Oct. 23.