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.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Marlene Dietrich And Her Musical Saw

I have always liked Marlene Dietrich's films, but this post on Boing Boing revealed a side of her with which I was unfamiliar.  It seemed Ms. Dietrich always wanted to be a classical musician, but her film career got in the way, so she expressed herself musically through . . . a saw. 

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