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, September 20, 2017

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.