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.

Friday, August 22, 2014

When G.I. Johnny Comes Marching Home

This encore from 2011 features a bouncing ball screen song that encouraged audience participation at theaters through the bouncing ball over the lyrics.  The Matinee At The Bijou screen song post included this example from 1945 called, When G.I. Johnny Comes Home.  After a lot of clever gags about G.I.s returning from World War II, the sing along starts out as the standard version of "When Johnny Comes Marching Home," but it gets a bit hip and swinging toward the end. 

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