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.

Monday, July 25, 2016

The Death Of Leslie Howard

Leslie Howard
I've been meaning to post this item for a while, and I finally got around to it.  Classic Movie Favorites originally posted this item about the death of British actor Leslie Howard.  Best known as Ashley Wilkes in Gone With The Wind, Howard appeared in a number of films I enjoy, including The Scarlet Pimpernel, Pygmalion and The First of the Few.  In a book entitled Flight 777, author Ian Colvin examines the various theories surrounding Howard's death in 1943 when his commercial flight was shot down by the Luftwaffe. 

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