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.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

R.I.P. - Kitty Kallen - Tribute Special Tonight

I am nearly a week late posting about the death of Kitty Kallen, who passed away on Thursday, January 7, 2016.  She sang with some of the biggest names of the Swing Era, including Artie Shaw, Jimmy Dorsey and Harry James; and scored number one hits with "Besame Mucho," "I'm Beginning to See the Light" and "It's Been a Long, Long, Time."  After WWII, she successfully made the transition from Swing and Big Band to the post war pop music era, and recorded a number of other hits.

I'll be doing a tribute to Kitty tonight on the SSS, featuring many of her best known Swing Era favorites. 

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