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.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Lilve Music At The Lindy Hop

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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.

Sunrise Serenade: I'm Beginning To See The Light

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "I'm Beginning To See The Light" by Harry James and His Orchestra with Helen Forrest on vocals.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Friday, June 9, 2017

Ants In The Plants


This 1940 animated short from Max Fleischer features a group of ants defending their home from an anteater.  I had never seen this cartoon before, and it has some clever bug-based gags.  From YouTube, here is Ants In The Plants.

Sunrise Serenade: Choo'n Gum

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Choo'n Gum" by the Andrews Sisters.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Boy Commandos And The Flying Saucers


As the Pappy's Golden Age Comics Blogzine points out, the flying saucer craze started about 70 years ago in 1947 with sightings of UFO's by a pilot in Washington state.  This 1948 issue of Boy Commandos cashed in on that story with no holds barred, including Martians, giant robots and a tiny atomic bomb. 

Sunrise Serenade: Petootie Pie

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Petootie Pie" by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Jordan.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Playlist For June 7, 2017

The playlist for the June 7, 2017 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

1949 Japanese Baseball Cards


Just saw this photo, posted on Dull Tool Dim Bulb, of a set of 1949 Japanese baseball cards.  Not much information in the post, and I certainly cannot read Japanese, but some interesting observations are possible.  The first and most obvious item:  the cards are not photographs, but artistic renderings of the players, almost in a comic book style.  I cannot be certain if these were meant to represent specific, individual players, or just generic players for the team indicated.  The fact that the team names are in English (Giants, Tigers, Tokyo) is also interesting. 

Sunrise Serenade: It's A Great World After All

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "It's A Great World After All" by Don Redman and His Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

June Is Red Hot

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 Todd and Erin with music by DJ Todd. 

303 South Main
Memphis, TN 38103

Sunrise Serenade: Royal Garden Blues

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Royal Garden Blues" by Benny Goodman.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Monday, June 5, 2017

Richard Halliburton: Memphis' Own Adventurer

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I do not remember how I discovered the writings of Richard Halliburton, but I have read several of his books, and enjoyed them.  Bear in mind, there is little food for deep thought therein.  They are light-hearted, and at some points exaggerated, descriptions of world travels by a colorful and head-strong young man.  I can see why they became popular in their time (1920s-1930s), if not critically acclaimed.  Today, they offer a very interesting glimpse into the past, providing the additional escape of history into what was already escapist literature of its time.  Memphis Magazine posted this article about Memphis' home-grown adventurer. 

Sunrise Serenade: My Dreams Are Getting Better All The Time

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "My Dreams Are Getting Better All The Time" by Vera Lynn.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Hollywood Steps Out


If you are a fan of Golden Age Hollywood, this Warner Bros. animated short from 1941 has everything you want.  WB parodied pretty much all of its big name stars in this short.  Posted on YouTube, here is Hollywood Steps Out

Sunrise Serenade: Call The Police

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Call The Police" Jimmie Lunceford and His Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Eagle And Buddy The Wonder Boy


I don't remember every posting an Eagle comic before.  In this issue, the Eagle and his companion, Buddy the Wonder Boy, encounter a whip-wielding villain apparently known as the Scarecrow.  Posted on Four Color Shadows.

Sunrise Serenade: My Baby Likes To Bebop

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "My Baby Likes To Bebop" by Ella Fitzgerald.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Playlist For May 31, 2017

The playlist for the May 31, 2017 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

Hop Into June

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 Phil and Josey with music by DJ Phil. 

303 South Main
Memphis, TN 38103

Sunrise Serenade: Flight Of The Bumblebee

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Flight Of The Bumblebee" by Harry James and His Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Belated Memorial Day Thoughts

Good man, good gun: a private of the armored forces does some practice shooting with a 30-calibre Browning machine gun, Fort Knox, Ky. The gun is mounted on a pedestal for anti-aircraft work
I hope everyone enjoyed their Memorial Day activities, and took a moment to remember the purpose of the day.  Severe storms in Memphis over the weekend left many (including me) without power, which is why my usual Memorial Day post is late.  Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Color Photographs collection.

Sunrise Serenade: Glow Worm

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Glow Worm" by Johnny Mercer.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Gypsy Rose Lee In Memphis, Tennessee

Vintage Everyday posted this series of pictures from Life magazine in 1949 documenting the travelling show troupe of burlesque performer Gypsy Rose Lee.  In this set of photos, Ms. Lee and her fellow entertainers were in my home town of Memphis, and a few local sites can be identified.  In the photo above, the large building (background right) is the old Ellis Auditorium.  In addition to other old Memphis buildings, the Harahan bridge over the Mississippi River is visible in some shots.  I was not able to determine conclusively what brought Ms. Lee and Company to town, but considering the downtown location, the apparent warm weather, and the carnival-like background, we here at the SSS believe her act was part of the annual Cotton Carnival. 

Sunrise Serenade: I Gotta Have My Baby Back

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "I Gotta Have My Baby Back" by Ella Fitzgerald with the Mills Brothers.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Playlist For May 24, 2017

The playlist for the May 24, 2017 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

Hop Into Memorial Day With Live Music

Red Hot Lindy Hop's photo.
The Red Hot Lindy Hop lessons and sessions continue at the Rumba Room this Friday night with live music from Big Barton.  Free beginner lesson at 7:00 p.m.  Admission is $7. 
303 South Main
Memphis, TN 38103

Sunrise Serenade: Organ Grinder's Swing

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Organ Grinder's Swing" by Jimmie Lunceford and His Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Sunrise Serenade: Paper Doll

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Paper Doll" by the Mills Brothers.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Sergeant Spook


I do not know anything about Sergeant Spook other than what I can infer from this 1947 edition posted on Four Color Shadows.  Apparently, Sgt. Spook was a ghost policeman, visible only to his young friend Jerry, with whom he solved crimes.  Looks like Jerry could end up getting all the credit.

Sunrise Serenade: How Many Hearts Have You Broken

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "How Many Hearts Have You Broken" by Stan Kenton and His Orchestra with Gene Howard on vocals.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Friday, May 19, 2017

So Much For So LIttle


Boing Boing posted this 1949 animated short, which at 10 minutes is actually just a little longer than most shorts of the era, made by Warner Bros. for the U.S. Federal Security Agency Public Health Service.  Chuck Jones directed, and Carl Stalling did the music.  It provides an interesting peek into the post-war era.  While its message is very serious, and some of its numbers are sobering, the cartoon is still entertaining while obviously aimed at persuading the public to support public health services.  Here is So Much For So Little.

Sunrise Serenade: Opus One

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Opus One" by Anita O'Day with Gene Krupa and His Orchestra.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Flying On A V-Disc

V-Disc featuring Count Basie. Image courtesy of Stanford University Library.
The National World War II Museum posted a nice item on the origin of "V-Discs," the U.S. government issued phonograph recordings made exclusively for the military.  As the posted noted, V-Discs arose at a difficult time in the music industry.
The music industry was actually undergoing a war of its own during WWII. In 1942, two of the most prominent musician unions went on strike against all four recording companies in the U.S.. The strike then caused a shortage of music needed for troop morale. Yet, Lieutenant G. Robert Vincent had a solution to the problem. After approval of the U.S. government, he brokered a deal between the unions, recording companies, and the U.S. government. By agreeing to not distribute any records for commercial use, Vincent was able to get the recording companies to agree to record albums for the troops to listen to while at war. More amazingly, he also convinced top-name musicians in the business to record for the albums despite the strike they were involved in.
Another by-product of this venture was that artists who were under contract with different record labels could record V-Discs together, resulting in collaborations that would not have been possible under their contracts.

Sunrise Serenade: Exactly Like You

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Exactly Like You" by Louis Armstrong.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Playlist For May 17, 2017

The playlist for the May 17, 2017 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

Sunrise Serenade: All The Cats Join In

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "All The Cats Join In" by Benny Goodman and His Orchestra.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Hop On In Friday - Live Music Next Week

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 next week with Big Barton.
303 South Main
Memphis, TN 38103

Sunrise Serenade: San Fernando Valley

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "San Fernando Valley" by Roy Rogers.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Sunrise Serenade: The Green Grass Grows All Around

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "The Green Grass Grows All Around" by Louis Jordan and His Tympani Five.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Friday, May 12, 2017

Sunrise Serenade: A Song Was Born

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "A Song Was Born" by Louis Armstrong with Jack Teagarden.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Playlist For May 10, 2017

The playlist for the May 10, 2017 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

Mid-May 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: I'll Never Be Free

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "I'll Never Be Free" by Lucky Millinder and His Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Sunrise Serenade: Baby Me

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

Monday, May 8, 2017

Orpheum Summer Movie Series

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The 2017 Summer Movie Series at the Orpheum Theatre begins June 2 with Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.  Most of the films are from the 1960's-80's this year, but there are still a few classics from the Swing Era:  The Wizard of Oz, The Maltese Falcon and Gone with the Wind. 

Sunrise Serenade: If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight" by Jack Teagarden and the V-Disc All Stars.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Friday, May 5, 2017

The Goose That Laid The Golden Egg

In this 1936 Van Beuren production, Felix the Cat uses the titular waterfowl to run a relief agency providing support to the needy, but Captain Kidd has his greedy eyes on the bird.  From the Internet Archive, here is The Goose That Laid The Golden Egg

Sunrise Serenade: Apollo Jump

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Apollo Jump" by Lucky Millinder and His Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Thursday, May 4, 2017

World War II Aircraft Flying At Memphis Air Show

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Three iconic aircraft from World War II will take to the skies again at the Memphis Air Show, May 13-14 at the Memphis-Millington Airport.  The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress Texas Raiders will offer tours of the aircraft as well as a limited number of 25 minutes flights. 
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The North American P-51 Mustang Quick Silver will also give demonstration flights, as will the Vaught F4U Corsair, Korean War Hero
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Sunrise Serenade: You Took Advantage Of Me

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "You Took Advantage Of Me" by Anita O'Day.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Playlist For May 3, 2017

The playlist for the May 3, 2017 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

No Lindy Hop This Week

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There will be no Red Hot Lindy Hop at the Rumba Room this Friday, but the regular weekly session will return next Friday, and there will be live music later in May.

Sunrise Serenade: It's A Quiet Town

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "It's A Quiet Town" by the Andrews Sisters with Danny Kaye.  Enjoy the video below from YouTube.

Monday, May 1, 2017

TCM In May

Time for The Hollywood Revue's monthly preview of programming on Turner Classic Movies.  The Star of the Month for May is Clark Gable, with his movies every Tuesday evening into Wednesday morning and afternoon.  Yes, that is Gable above with Joan Crawford.  What, did you think he always had the mustache?  Also on deck are two nights of movies made in 1967, and a monster movie marathon every Thursday night. 

Sunrise Serenade: I'm Goin' Down The Road

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "I'm Goin' Down The Road" by Burl Ives and the Andrews Sisters.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.