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.

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

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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

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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

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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.

Friday, April 28, 2017

The Big Bad Wolf

This short is an early 1930's U.B. Iwerks cartoon featuring a fairy tale/nursery rhyme mashup.  There is some nice early '30s jazz in this film.  From the Internet Archive, here is The Big Bad Wolf.

Sunrise Serenade: Elmer's Tune

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

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Race Of Gentlemen


I've been meaning to post something about The Race of Gentlemen for some time, and I finally got around to it.  TROG is a live action tribute to the hot rodders of the late 1940's, featuring races on the beach in period correct cars and motorcycles.  It has become a popular event in the auto enthusiast crowd, popping up in Hemmings Motor News, Chasing Classic Cars and Fast & Loud.  From the TROG website:
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, CHILDREN OF ALL AGES…
Join us to experience the greatest race on earth! The Race of Gentlemen is an automotive carnival that celebrates American racing heritage. A true homage to automobile and motorcycle history, hosted by the Oilers CC/MC. Spectators and racers alike will experience a simplier time of when guys were gentlemen and cars were king! Stultz & Green Productions will exhibit their hand-selected group of gentlemen, who will showcase their pre-war machines at the water’s edge on the beach of Wildwood, New Jersey. Commonly referred to as TROG for short, the carefully curated event will give you a history lesson and an unforgettable weekend, all rolled into one.
Race fans, hold onto your seats while vintage motorcycles and automobiles battle it out on the shore against the rising tides for your viewing pleasure. Indian, Harley Davidson, Excelcior, Ford, Dodge Brothers and more! An extraordinary display of why America’s love for vintage automotive will never fade. Do not miss your chance to see these fine men flog their jaw dropping machines on the sand, just like in days gone by. Come one, come all to watch in awe as they roar at the shore!
They are series about being period correct.  Competition cars must have a body that is 1934 or older, and American made.  The engine must be 1948 or older, and run only on gas (no alcohol or nitro).  Transmissions can be up to 1953, but modern disc brakes, alternators, etc.  One of these days, I hope to visit one of these events, and in my wildest dreams, build and race a car there.

Sunrise Serenade: That's What I Like About The South

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "That's What I Like About The South" by Phil Harris and His Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Playlist For April 26, 2017

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

Graham Hollywood: The Ghost Of A Cord

The Hemmings blog has been finding some interesting items for its "Find of the Day" recently.  Yesterday, for example, the featured car was the above 1941 Graham Hollywood.  I've always found the Hollywood interesting, because it was the second partial resurrection of the 1936 Cord 810 sedan (below).
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Cord, along with its sister companies Auburn and Duesenberg, closed up in 1936.  Graham was in dire straits in the late 1930's, and as part of a last gasp, it struck a deal with another automobile manufacturer, Hupmobile, that gave it access to the late Cord's dies and tooling.  Hupmobile ended up getting the dies and tooling from Cord's creditors, and tried to resurrect the Cord itself in the Skylark (below), but it had problems with production. 
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So in 1941, Graham produced the Hollywood.  Like the Cord, the Hollywood had a high horsepower, supercharged engine.  Unlike the Cord, the Hollywood was a traditional front engine/rear wheel drive layout; as opposed to the Cord's advanced, front wheel drive design.  Neither the Skylark nor the Hollywood featured the Cord's distinctive "coffin" nose or retractable headlamps, but the exterior design was otherwise the same.  This repeated resurrection of the original design demonstrates why the Cord, and its subsequent iterations, are considered classics.

Sunrise Serenade: Pent Up In A Penthouse

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Pent Up In A Penthouse" by Fats Waller.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

End Of April 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.  Lesson by Ceasar and Joy with music by DJ Joy.
303 South Main
Memphis, TN 38103

Sunrise Serenade: Bogo Jo

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Bogo Jo" by Lionel Hampton and His Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Monday, April 24, 2017

Behind The Scenes Of Casablanca


Only about a dozen of these "behind the scenes" shots from the filming of Casablanca, posted on Vintage Everyday, are actually "behind the scenes;" i.e. - showing filming or the cast and crew on the set.  The remainder are either studio publicity shots or frames from the film.  Nevertheless, they are a great collection of images from one of the best movies of all time.

Sunrise Serenade: Let's Have A Jubilee

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Let's Have A Jubilee" by Louis Prima and His New Orleans Gang.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Faust


The legend of Faust has been in print since at least the 16th century.  Four Color Shadows posted this short, comic book version of the story. 

Sunrise Serenade: Personality

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Personality" by Johnny Mercer.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Playlist For April 19, 2017

The playlist for the April 19, 2017 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

The Doolittle Raid 75 Years Ago


As noted by the National World War II Museum, seventy-five years ago yesterday, Lt. Col. James Doolittle led a flight of 16 B-25 Mitchell bombers off the flight deck of the USS Hornet in the western Pacific.  Their destination?  Tokyo.  This mission was the first aerial bombing attack on Japanese territory after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941.  It was also the first attempt to launch medium bombers off the deck of an aircraft carrier.  Of the 16 planes on the mission, one landed in Russia, and the others crash landed or the crews bailed out over China.  Although the attack did little physical damage, the impact on both the American and Japanese morale was significant.  Three days after the mission launched, President Roosevelt responded to a reporter's question that the raiders were launched from a secret base in "Shangri-La," a fictional Tibetan monastery featured in the book and movie Lost Horizon

Sunrise Serenade: What A Deal

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "What A Deal" by Martha Tilton.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Hop Off The Tax Blues

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 Camille with music by DJ Camille.



303 South Main
Memphis, TN 38103

Sunrise Serenade: Painted Rhythm

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Painted Rhythm" by Stan Kenton and His Orchestra.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Practically New 1948 Tucker For Sale


As seen on the Hemmings blog, for a mere $1.1 million, you too can now own what is essentially a brand new, original 1948 Tucker Model 48, a/k/a the Tucker "Torpedo."  Tucker only produced 51 of these vehicles before stopping production, and only 47 are known to exist.  This 48th vehicle was assembled from authentic Tucker components and a drive train that were either salvaged from other Tuckers or never used.

Sunrise Serenade: Life Is So Peculiar

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Life Is So Peculiar" by Louis Armstrong and Louis Jordan.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.

Friday, April 14, 2017

The Spirit Of '43

Since tax time is upon us, Donald Duck returns with his annual income tax message.  Walt Disney made this animated short for the U.S. Government to encourage people to save their money so they could pay their income taxes and support the war effort.  From the Internet Archive, here is the 1943 animated short, The Spirit Of '43

Sunrise Serenade: Reet, Petite And Gone

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Reet, Petite And Gone" by Louis Jordan.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Left Behind At Dunkirk


Vintage Everyday posted this series of photos showing equipment left behind by the British Expeditionary Force in France after it evacuated the continent at Dunkirk. 

Sunrise Serenade: Long About Midnight

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Long About Midnight" by Louis Prima and His Gang.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Playlist For April 12, 2017 - Spring Pledge Drive Special

The playlist for the April 12, 2017 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle - the 2017 Spring Pledge Drive Special:  "Blue Skies" - has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

Spring Pledge Drive Special - "Blue Skies" - Tonight!


WEVL (home of the SSS) is in the middle of its 2017 Spring Pledge Drive, and tonight's SSS Pledge Drive Special is "Blue Skies!"  I'll be playing music designed to "Accentuate the Positive," and cheer you up whether you need it or not!  Tune in and make your pledge of support for WEVL, and pick up one of our 2017 T-shirts (design above) with pledge of $75 or more!

Sunrise Serenade: As Long As I Live

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "As Long As I Live" by the Spirits of Rhythm.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Live Music And Dance Performance At The Hop This Friday Night

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The Red Hot Lindy Hop lessons and sessions continue at the Rumba Room this Friday night with live music from Le Tumulte Noir, plus a tap performance by the Hot Foot Honeys.  Free beginner lesson at 7:00 p.m.  Admission is $7.  Lesson by Phil and Angela with music by DJ Phil during band breaks.

303 South Main
Memphis, TN 38103

Sunrise Serenade: Fifty-Second Street

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Fifty-Second Street" by Louis Prima and His New Orleans Gang.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Monday, April 10, 2017

How Many Guys Can You Fit In A '32 Ford?

This photo, posted on Rivet Head, reminded me of a scene from All the Cats Join In, a 1946 Disney animated short featuring Benny Goodman and his Orchestra.  Everyone hopped into an overloaded hot rod and rode to the malt shop to listen to the juke box and jitterbug. 

Sunrise Serenade: Candy

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Candy" by the Nat King Cole Trio.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Friday, April 7, 2017

Betty Boop: The Candid Candidate

With the help of Betty Boop, Grampy wins a "landslide" victory to become mayor.  Before he can even sit in the mayor's chair, however, citizens begin complaining about various things, and threatening to oust him if he does not fix them.  Donning his thinking cap, Grampy invents solutions to all the town's problems, including a novel method of urban renewal.  From the Internet Archive, here is the 1937 animated short, The Candid Candidate

Sunrise Serenade: For Dancers Only

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

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Playlist For April 5, 2017

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