The Swing Shift Shuffle is a radio program of swing, big band, jazz, boogie woogie and other popular music from the 1930's and 40's that airs every Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (US Central Time) on WEVL 89.9 FM in Memphis, Tennessee, with a live webcast at In addition to the radio show, this blog is dedicated to all aspects of the Swing Era, including art, automobiles, cartoons, comics, history, movies, music, news, science, technology, and anything else that happened during that time. It also includes announcements about events in the Memphis/Mid-South area related to the Swing Era, such as classic movies, concerts, dances, lectures, etc. If you see something that fits the description, send it to me at If you would like more information about the radio show, just go to the Radio Show FAQ page.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Machine Gun Kelly Captured In Memphis

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.

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