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

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.   

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

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: 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.