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, September 3, 2015

The Real "Cooler King"

William Ash
Last week, the last Australian survivor of the "great escape" from a German POW camp during World War II died.  The 1963 film The Great Escape, which featured a rich cast of stars (Steve McQueen, James Garner, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, etc.), immortalized the event.  This week, the BBC did a story on William Ash, an American pilot who flew for the RAF, took part in the Great Escape, and who served as the model for Steve McQueen's character in the film. 

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