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 wevl.org. 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 tim@wevl.org. If you would like more information about the radio show, just go to the Radio Show FAQ page.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Swing You Sinners


I posted this short back in 2010, when one source titled it the The Weirdest Cartoon Ever!  Animation was still relatively new in 1930, and there was a lot of experimentation, resulting in some very weird cartoons, even by today's standards.   I have to agree this one ranks very high on the weird-o-meter, and it seemed appropriate for the weeks leading up to Halloween.  From YouTube, here is Swing You Sinners

Sunrise Serenade: Carioca

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Carioca" by Artie Shaw and His Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Lindy Hops On And Live Music Next Week

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The Red Hot Lindy Hop lessons and sessions continue at the Rumba Room this Friday night.  Free beginner lesson at 7:00 p.m.  Free admission before 7:00 p.m. and $5 thereafter.   

Live music with Will Lang next week. 
303 South Main
Memphis, TN 38103

Sunrise Serenade: Lambeth Walk

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Lambeth Walk" by The Quintet Of The Hot Club De France With Django Reinhardt And St├ęphane Grappelli.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Playlist For October 18, 2017

The playlist for the October 18, 2017 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

Sunrise Serenade: Rose Room

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Rose Room" by the Benny Goodman Sextet.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Sunrise Serenade: Goodnight My Love

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Goodnight My Love" by Benny Goodman with Ella Fitzgerald on vocals.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Wackiki Wabbit


Oh, how I remember this cartoon from Saturday mornings.  I always liked the Polynesian-vibe drum solo that got our hapless castaways dancing.  From YouTube, here is the 1943 Warner Bros. animated short, Wackiki Wabbit.

Speaking of castaways, I'm going to get lost myself next week, so posts will be inactive until the week after, but I'll be back then.

Sunrise Serenade: A Tisket A Tasket

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "A Tisket A Tasket" by Ella Fitzgerald with Chick Webb and His Orchesta.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Sunrise Serenade: I'm In The Mood For Love

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "I'm In The Mood For Love" by Frances Langford.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Playlist For October 4, 2017

The playlist for the October 4, 2017 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

Sunrise Serenade: Barrelhouse Bessie

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Barrelhouse Bessie" by the Gene Krupa Orchestra with Anita O'Day.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Hop Into October

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The Red Hot Lindy Hop lessons and sessions continue at the Rumba Room this Friday night.  Free beginner lesson at 7:00 p.m.  Free admission before 7:00 p.m. and $5 thereafter.   

303 South Main
Memphis, TN 38103

Sunrise Serenade: Slumming On Park Avenue

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Slumming On Park Avenue" by Jimmie Lunceford and His Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Sunrise Serenade: Elmer's Tune

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Elmer's Tune" by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Sunrise Serenade: On The Sunny Side Of The Street

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "On The Sunny Side Of The Street" by the Benny Goodman Sextet with Peggy Lee on vocals.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Sunrise Serenade: It's Been A Long, Long Time

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "It's Been A Long, Long Time" by Harry James and His Orchestra with Kitty Kallen on vocal.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Playlist For September 27, 2017

The playlist for the September 27, 2017 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

Sunrise Serenade: Memphis Blues

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Memphis Blues" by Fletcher Henderson.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Lindy Hop Keeps Rolling Into Fall

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The Red Hot Lindy Hop lessons and sessions continue at the Rumba Room this Friday night.  Free beginner lesson at 7:00 p.m.  Free admission before 7:00 p.m. and $5 thereafter.   

303 South Main
Memphis, TN 38103

Sunrise Serenade: Just A Gigalo (I Ain't Got Nobody)

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Just A Gigalo (I Ain't Got Nobody)" by Louis Prima and His Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Monday, September 25, 2017

Sinclair Gasoline


I found this post on Vintage Ads interesting because it is an ad for oil during wartime, when it was heavily rationed.  To the extent the manufacturers could still sell to the public, they still needed advertising.  

Sunrise Serenade: Undecided

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Undecided" by Ella Fitzgerald.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Friday, September 22, 2017

Betty Boop ,M.D.


While the title suggests that Betty Boop has earned her medical degree in this short, her doctorate appears to be from the school of snake oil.  Betty and company set up their wagon to sell "Jippo," a wondrous cure for all ailments.  Some typically odd early 1930's gags and hot jazz ensue, with a interesting Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde ending.  From the Internet Archive, here is the 1932 animated short, Betty Boop, M.D.

Sunrise Serenade: I've Been Waiting For Your Phone Call

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "I've Been Waiting For Your Phone Call" by Bonnie Baker.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Thunderfist (Canadian Comics)


According to Pappy's Golden Age Comics Blogzine, prior to World War II, Canadians were able to enjoy U.S. comic books.  With the advent of war, however, comic books were not high on the list of import priorities for the Canadian government, so our friends up north made their own.  Due to tighter budgets, these comics were in black and white.  This comic, Thunderfist, tells the story of a superhero whose powers are apparently thanks to his own inventions, and who defeats the deadly mechanical devices of a foreign power.

Sunrise Serenade: The Mood That I'm In

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "The Mood That I'm In" by Valaida Snow.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Playlist For September 20, 2017

The playlist for the September 20, 2017 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

Sunrise Serenade: American Patrol

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "American Patrol" by Shep Fields.  Enjoy the video from YouTube

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

First Hop Of Fall

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The Red Hot Lindy Hop lessons and sessions continue at the Rumba Room this Friday night.  Free beginner lesson at 7:00 p.m.  Free admission before 7:00 p.m. and $5 thereafter.   

303 South Main
Memphis, TN 38103

Sunrise Serenade: Daddy

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Daddy" by the Andrews Sisters.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Submarine Appendectomy


Destination Tokyo is one of my favorite double wartime movies, being both about and released during WWII.  One of the subplots involves a seaman diagnosed by the pharmacists mate with acute appendicitis, and who will certainly die without surgery.  The captain (Cary Grant) convinces the pharmacists mate (William Prince) he can perform the surgery. The tension builds as the operation takes place, but the surgery is a success, and the seaman recovers.  The entire film is a morale building vehicle for the folks at home, and this story was part of it.


This story, however, was based on fact.  As I learned from This Day in World War II History, on September 11, 1942, a pharmacists mate on board the U.S. submarine Seadragon performed an emergency appendectomy on a fellow crewmember in circumstances essentially like those depicted in the film.  More details at the U.S. Naval Institute Naval History Blog

Sunrise Serenade: Lovable

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Lovable" by Bing Crosby.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

At Home Under The Pippin


The Commercial Appeal recently ran an interesting story about Bob and Laura Coleman, who in 1948 or thereabouts, moved into a little house that sat beneath the wooden structure of the Pippin, the Shelby County Fairgrounds roller coaster that later became famous as Elvis Presley's favorite ride.  Until it was "disassembled" in 2010 and shipped to Green Bay, Wisconsin, it was the oldest surviving roller coaster in the U.S.  Mr. Coleman maintained the Fairgrounds rides until 1960, including the Pippin.  Dinner conversation at home may have been difficult during operating hours.

Sunrise Serenade: Thanks For The Boogie Ride

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Thanks For The Boogie Ride" by the Gene Krupa Orchestra with Anita O'Day on vocals.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Playlist For September 13, 2017

The playlist for the September 13, 2017 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

Sunrise Serenade: How Deep Is The Ocean

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "How Deep Is The Ocean" by Benny Goodman and His Orchestra with Peggy Lee on vocals.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Mid-September Hop

Red Hot Lindy Hop's photo.
The Red Hot Lindy Hop lessons and sessions continue at the Rumba Room this Friday night.  Free beginner lesson at 7:00 p.m.  Free admission before 7:00 p.m. and $5 thereafter.   

303 South Main
Memphis, TN 38103

Sunrise Serenade: I Double Dare You

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "I Double Dare You" by Larry Clinton and His Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Sunrise Serenade: Star Dust

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Star Dust" by Louis Armstrong.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Friday, September 8, 2017

The Wabbit Who Came To Supper


Here is a classic Bugs Bunny Cartoon. Elmer is advised he will inherit $3 million from his Uncle Louie, as long as he does not harm any animals, especially rabbits. This information curtails his rabbit hunting, and gives Bugs all the opportunity he needs. Posted on YouTube, enjoy this 1942 Warner Bros. short, The Wabbit Who Came To Supper.

Sunrise Serenade: Savoy

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Savoy" by Lucky Millinder and His Orchestra.  Enjoy the video from YouTube

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Sunrise Serenade: Sweet And Lovely

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Sweet And Lovely" by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Playlist For September 6, 2017

The playlist for the September 6, 2017 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

Sunrise Serenade: Tico-Tico No Fuba

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Tico-Tico No Fuba" by Carmen Miranda.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

From Memphis To Sydney: A Cadillac's Ride

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It can be a small world, both in terms of space and time.  For example, as Vance Lauderdale of "Ask Vance" recently posted, sitting in Sydney, Australia is a 1931 Cadillac V-12 Sport Phaeton that was first sold by Southern Motors Cadillac here in Memphis.  Vance tells the interesting story of the dealership and the car's trip from Downtown Memphis to Down Under.

Sunrise Serenade: Out Of Nowhere

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Out Of Nowhere" by Ella Fitzgerald and Her Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Friday, September 1, 2017

The Riveter


It being Labor Day weekend, I thought this Walt Disney tribute to the working man would be appropriate.  Donald Duck decides to take a job as a riveter on a construction site, and the expected high-impact antics ensue.  From YouTube, here is the 1940 short, The Riveter

Sunrise Serenade: Wood And Ivory

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Wood And Ivory" by Ambrose and His Orchestra.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Sunrise Serenade: Our Love Was Meant To Be

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Our Love Was Meant To Be" by Count Basie and His Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Playlist For August 30, 2017

The playlist for the August 30, 2017 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

Free Classic Comic Books Archive

Captain Marvel Junior and his newssstand
A post on Boing Boing alerted me to the existence of Comic Book Plus, a free online archive of thousands of public domain comic books, comic strips, pulp fiction and other similar publications from the Golden and Silver Age, as well as some old time radio, vintage movies and TV.  Although I have not had the opportunity for any significant exploration of the site, the few pages I have seen make me want to see more.

Sunrise Serenade: Nice Work If You Can Get It

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Nice Work If You Can Get It" by Billie Holiday.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Labor Day Hop!

Red Hot Lindy Hop's photo.
The Red Hot Lindy Hop lessons and sessions continue at the Rumba Room this Friday night.  Free beginner lesson at 7:00 p.m.  Free admission before 7:00 p.m. and $5 thereafter.   

303 South Main
Memphis, TN 38103

Sunrise Serenade: Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby?

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby?" by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Monday, August 28, 2017

1940's Hot Rod Footage


According to Vintage Everyday, the above film shows hot rods at a southern California race track in the 1940's.  I'm going to hazard a guess that this footage was from the late 1940's, since fuel, oil and rubber would have been severely rationed during World War II.  I like how several of the cars get into drifts apparently just to avoid the camera vehicle.

Sunrise Serenade: Little Toot

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Little Toot" by the Andrews Sisters from the 1948 Disney film Melody Time.  Enjoy the video from DailyMotion.
Little Toot by dearestfox

Friday, August 25, 2017

Sunrise Serenade: All Over Nothing At All

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "All Over Nothing At All" by Ella Fitzgerald.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Sunrise Serenade: Captain Kidd

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Captain Kidd" by Ella Mae Morse.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Playlist For August 23, 2017

The playlist for the August 23, 2017 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

Sunrise Serenade: Did You Mean It?

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Did You Mean It?" by Benny Goodman and His Orchestra with Ella Fitzgerald on vocals.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Red Hot Lindy Hops Continue

Red Hot Lindy Hop's photo.
The Red Hot Lindy Hop lessons and sessions continue at the Rumba Room this Friday night.  Free beginner lesson at 7:00 p.m.  Free admission before 7:00 p.m. and $5 thereafter.   

303 South Main
Memphis, TN 38103

Sunrise Serenade: Body And Soul

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Body And Soul" by the Benny Goodman Trio.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Playlist For August 16, 2017

The playlist for the August 16, 2017 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

Lilve Music At The Lindy Hop

Red Hot Lindy Hop's photo.
The Red Hot Lindy Hop lessons and sessions continue at the Rumba Room with live music this Friday night by Jeremy Shrader's Hot Memphis Six.  Free beginner lesson at 7:00 p.m.  Admission is $5 before 7:00 p.m. and $7 thereafter.


Rumba Room
303 South Main
Memphis, TN 38103

Sunrise Serenade: No Restricted Signs (Up In Heaven)

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "No Restricted Signs (Up In Heaven)" by the Golden Gate Quartet.  Enjoy the video from YouTube

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Monday, August 14, 2017

Sunrise Serenade: Begin The Beguine

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Begin The Beguine" by Artie Shaw.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Friday, August 11, 2017

Rookie Review


This Warner Bros. short was released in 1941, but since cartoons took a long time to produce at that time, the studio could have easily started the process in 1940.  The gags about the poor equipment used to train U.S. troops has a definite origin in truth.  In the mid- to late 1930's, the Army was so underequipped that it did use wooden machine guns and ordinary cars carrying signs that read "tank."  From YouTube, here is Rookie Review

Sunrise Serenade: Rosie The Riveter

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Rosie The Riveter" by the Four Vagabonds.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Machine Gun Kelly Captured In Memphis

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Memphis magazine recently did an interesting article about George Francis Barnes Jr., the son of a well-to-do Memphis insurance agent, who eventually became Public Enemy Number One:  "Machine Gun" Kelly.  Captured in his home town of Memphis in 1933, it seems his wife, Kathryn Thorne, an attractive brunette with a quick wit and friendly smile, was the key to his reputation.

Sunrise Serenade: Along The Santa Fe Trail

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Along The Santa Fe Trail" by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra with Ray Eberle on vocals.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Back To School Hop

Red Hot Lindy Hop's photo.
The Red Hot Lindy Hop lessons and sessions continue at the Rumba Room this Friday night.  Free beginner lesson at 7:00 p.m.  Free admission before 7:00 p.m. and $5 thereafter.   

303 South Main
Memphis, TN 38103

Sunrise Serenade: As Time Goes By

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "As Time Goes By" by Dooley Wilson (a/k/a "Sam" from Casablanca).  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Groucho


This item, posted on Four Color Shadows, is not one of those biographical comics about a celebrity as I have sometimes posted before.  In this story from 1949, a Hollywood columnist with a movie star girlfriend encounters the inimitable Groucho Marx in everything but name, and madcap antics ensue.  I say "in everything but name" because the character could not be anyone other than Groucho, and no name is ever given for the mustached, cigar-smoking, wise-cracking, woman-chasing little guy.

Sunrise Serenade: Music Maestro, Please

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Music Maestro, Please" by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Friday, August 4, 2017

Susie The Little Blue Coupe


I came across this fun little Disney cartoon on YouTube the other day, and I have enjoyed it several times since.  It shows a story that has repeated itself time and again since the birth of the automobile, but in this case, with the help of what some have called America's "first recyclers" (i.e. hot rodders), this tale has a happy ending.  Enjoy Susie The Little Blue Coupe.

Sunrise Serenade: Shoo Shoo Baby

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Shoo Shoo Baby" by Ella Mae Morse.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

TCM In August


In its monthly preview of Turner Classic Movies programming, the Hollywood Revue reminds us that August is "Summer Under The Stars" month, with a different star featured each day.  From HR:
While there are some traditional crowd-pleasers like Cary Grant, John Wayne,  Marilyn Monroe, and Elizabeth Taylor, there are also quite a few stars who haven’t been featured in a while. I’m particularly looking forward to Gene Kelly, James Cagney, Lon Chaney, Franchot Tone, Angela Lansbury, Rosalind Russell, and Ann Harding days.

Sunrise Serenade: Mean To Me

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Mean To Me" by Teddy Wilson and His Orchestra with Billie Holiday on vocals.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Playlist For August 2, 2017

The playlist for the August 2, 2017 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

Sunrise Serenade: Ti-Pi-Tin

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Ti-Pi-Tin" by the Andrews Sisters.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Monday, July 31, 2017

Sunrise Serenade: She's Funny That Way

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "She's Funny That Way" by the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra.  Enjoy the video from YouTube

Friday, July 28, 2017

Sunrise Serenade: Mama Don't Want No Peas An' Rice An' Coconut Oil

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Mama Don't Want No Peas An' Rice An' Coconut Oil" by Count Basie and His Orchestra with Jimmy Rushing on vocals.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Sunrise Serenade: I've Heard That Song Before

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "I've Heard That Song Before" by Harry James and His Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Playlist For July 26, 2017

The playlist for the July 26, 2017 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

The Blue Lady


According to Four Color Shadows, the Blue Lady was one of the few female superheroes to precede Wonder Woman, and this story from 1941 was her final appearance.  Apparently, she possessed an exotic ring that gave her super powers.  The limits of her powers are not clear from this issue, but it seems she can turn into a mist, uproot trees and break chains, although gas does incapacitate her. 

Sunrise Serenade: You Turned The Tables On Me

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "You Turned The Tables On Me" by Ella Fitzgerald and the Daydreamers.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Last July Lindy Hop

The Red Hot Lindy Hop lessons and sessions continue at the Rumba Room this Friday night.  Free beginner lesson at 7:00 p.m.  Free admission before 7:00 p.m. and $5 thereafter.   

303 South Main
Memphis, TN 38103

Sunrise Serenade: Moonglow

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Moonglow" by Benny Goodman.  Enjoy the video below from YouTube.

Monday, July 24, 2017

V-Mail

US poster encouraging use of V-Mail, World War II. Read more: "Victory Mail in World War II" on Sarah Sundin's blog
Sarah Sundin is an author who specializes in World War II-era romance.  I'll freely admit that, when I even have time to read, "romance" is not on my list of genres.  That being said, I do follow her blog, where she posts about events and other interesting facts from WWII.  That is where I saw her post about Victory Mail or V-Mail, the U.S. military's solution to the logistical problem of millions of letters from military personnel to the folks back home.  V-mail was written on pre-printed forms, and then photographed onto microfilm, which was transported to the recipient's overseas theater of operations.  Once there, the V-Mail was reprinted from the microfilm back onto paper at one quarter the size, and then delivered to the recipient.  Never mandatory, it was apparently successful, and the military saved room for around five million tons of cargo using this system. 

Sunrise Serenade: Perdido

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Perdido" by Duke Ellington and His Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Taking A Break

Like the person in this 1940 photo from the Library of Congress, I'm taking a break for the rest of the week, but I'll be back on Monday.

Sunrise Serenade: Somebody Stole My Gal

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Somebody Stole My Gal" by Fats Waller and His Rhythm.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Friday, July 14, 2017

Farm Frolics


This trip to the farm has a couple of good period jokes, including the horse's imitation of singer Eddie Cantor, and the owl's asking "Whose Yehoodi?"  Posted on YouTube by CCCartoons, enjoy this 1941 Warner Bros. short, Farm Frolics

Sunrise Serenade: Ac-cent-tchu-ate The Positive

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Ac-cent-tchu-ate The Positive" by Johnny Mercer and the Pied Pipers.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Dorothy Lamour


For some reason, I just felt like posting this photo of Dorothy Lamour, originally posted on Film Noir Photos.  I'm not sure why, but it may be because she was the star always mentioned in the vintage cartoons as the irresistible beauty.  Well known for her team ups with Bing and Bob in their Road to [pick somewhere] movies. 

Sunrise Serenade: In A Little Gypsy Tea Room

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "In A Little Gypsy Tea Room" by Louis Prima and His Gang.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Playlist For July 12, 2017

The playlist for the July 12, 2017 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

V-J Day In Honolulu


Vintage Everyday posted this color film footage from V-J Day, August 14, 1945, in Honolulu, Hawaii.  While I like Jimmy Durante, I would not have minded if they had not put his song over the sounds of the film. 

Sunrise Serenade: Easy As Pie

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Easy As Pie" by Les Brown and His Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Summer's Heating Up With The Red Hot Lindy Hop

The Red Hot Lindy Hop lessons and sessions continue at the Rumba Room this Friday night.  Free beginner lesson at 7:00 p.m.  Free admission before 7:00 p.m. and $5 thereafter.   

303 South Main
Memphis, TN 38103

Sunrise Serenade: What's Your Story, Morning Glory?

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "What's Your Story, Morning Glory?" by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Monday, July 10, 2017

Sunrise Serenade: Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens" by Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Friday, July 7, 2017

A Day At The Zoo


Here is a fun little excursion to the local zoo from Warner Bros. in 1939.  Posted on YouTube by CCCartoons, here is A Day At The Zoo

Sunrise Serenade: Cow Cow Boogie

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Cow Cow Boogie" by Freddie Slack and His Orchestra with Ella Mae Morse on vocals.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Thursday, July 6, 2017

The Shadow In Vengeance Bay


Unlike some other heroes who branched out into radio, serials and feature films, the Shadow did not start in comic books, but rather in pulp fiction, from which he later moved to the comics.  Although these pulp stories had illustrations, it was the imagery in the prose that told the story.  Comics, Old Time Radio & Other Cool Stuff posted this review of a March 1942 issue of The Shadow magazine.

Sunrise Serenade: A String of Pearls

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "A String of Pearls" by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Playlist For July 5, 2017

The playlist for the July 5, 2017 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

Sunrise Serenade: Little Joe From Chicago

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Little Joe From Chicago" by Andy Kirk and His Twelve Clouds of Joy.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Monday, July 3, 2017

TCM Programming In July

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The Hollywood Revue's preview of July programming on Turner Classic Movies is out.  The Star of the Month is one of my favorites, Ronald Colman; and there will also be a spotlight on 50 Years of Hitchcock. 

Friday, June 30, 2017

Bunker Hill Bunny

On this Friday before Independence Day, this bit of cartoon patriotism seemed appropriate.  From the Internet Archive, here is Bunker Hill Bunny.

Sunrise Serenade: How Come

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "How Come" by Anita O'Day.  Enjoy the video below from YouTube.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Only Axis Attack On Continental U.S.


The National World War II Museum posted this items about the only Axis attack on the continental U.S. during WWII. 
On June 21, 1942 Civil-War era Fort Stevens, near the mouth of the Columbia River in Oregon, was shelled by Japanese forces. The Japanese submarine I-25, with a crew of 97, and armed with a 14 cm deck gun and carrying a seaplane, opened fire. Fort Stevens commander ordered an immediate blackout, and held all fire. This prevented the submarine from accurately targeting the base. Of the seventeen shots, the only damage was to some telephone poles near the base–the remainder landed on a baseball field or a nearby wetland. Just past the battery of Fort Stevens was the northern Kaiser shipyard, which was at that time turning out a Liberty Ship each week.
The notion of a submarine carrying an airplane seems a little like science fiction, even today.  I believe I have seen the idea in some comic books of the era, but the Japanese deployed such a vessel.  The aircraft from I-25 dropped incendiary bombs on the northwest U.S. after the above encounter, but rains and the U.S. Forest Service prevented any noticeable damage.

Sunrise Serenade: Are You All Reet

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Are You All Reet" by Cab Calloway and His Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Sunrise Serenade: Pecos Bill

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Pecos Bill" by Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Sunrise Serenade: After You've Gone

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "After You've Gone" by the Benny Goodman Sextet.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Monday, June 26, 2017

Friday, June 23, 2017

Sunrise Serenade: Ti-Pi-Tin

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Ti-Pi-Tin" by the Andrews Sisters.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Sunrise Serenade: The Patty Cake Man

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "The Patty Cake Man" by Ella Mae Morse.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Playlist For June 21, 2017

The playlist for the June 21, 2017 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

Sunrise Serenade: McPherson Is Rehearsin'

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "McPherson Is Rehearsin'" by Chick Webb and His Orchestra with Ella Fitzgerald.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Hop Into Summer

The Red Hot Lindy Hop lessons and sessions continue at the Rumba Room this Friday night.  Free beginner lesson at 7:00 p.m.  Free admission before 7:00 p.m. and $5 thereafter.  Lesson by Jaredan and Joy with music by DJ Jaredan. 

303 South Main
Memphis, TN 38103

Sunrise Serenade: Peanut Vendor

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Peanut Vendor" by Stan Kenton and His Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Monday, June 19, 2017

Sunrise Serenade: Juneteenth Jamboree

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Juneteenth Jamboree" by Louis Jordan and His Tympani Five.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Sunrise Serenade: Trombonology

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Trombonology" by Tommy Dorsey.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Playlist For June 14, 2017

The playlist for the June 14, 2017 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

Sunrise Serenade: The Dipsy Doodle

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "The Dipsy Doodle" by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra with Edythe Wright on vocals.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Hop Out Of Spring

The Red Hot Lindy Hop lessons and sessions continue at the Rumba Room this Friday night.  Free beginner lesson at 7:00 p.m.  Free admission before 7:00 p.m. and $5 thereafter.  Lesson by Jason and Monica with music by DJ Monica. 

303 South Main
Memphis, TN 38103

Sunrise Serenade: Chicken Reel

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Chicken Reel" by Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Monday, June 12, 2017

1949 Memphis Shopping Center

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Ask Vance posted this photo and accompanying information about the Bomah Shopping Center, which opened in 1949 at the intersection of Union Avenue and Cleveland Street in Memphis.  Being familiar with the gas station that now stands on this site, as well as the surrounding buildings, it is a little hard to imagine this somewhat sprawling building at that location.  According to Vance, the center housed a variety of businesses, including
Electrolux Corporation, M&W Friendly Shoes, Jack Frost hobbies and crafts, the Bomah Barber Shop, the Playhouse Toy Shop, The Wee Mart, Quaker Drug Company, Charles Owens Jewelers, the Kiddie Corner, Pola’s Maternity Shoppe, Brewster’s Card Shop, and Dino’s Restaurant.