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, May 21, 2018

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

CAF Flies Into Memphis











Watch the skies this weekend as the Commemorative Air Force flies into the Memphis area!  The CAF Air Power History Tour will land at the Millington-Memphis Airport this Thursday, May 17, and run through Sunday, May 20.  Aircraft included in the tour will be Fifi, a B-29 Superfortress, the P-51 Mustang Gunfighter, and three other support aircraft.  Rides will be available. 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Hitting The Road


Things have been pretty busy here at the SSS the past few weeks, and now the boss is sending me out of the factory for a few days.  Postings will be temporarily suspended, but I'll be back by next week.

Sunrise Serenade: Who?

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Who?" by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Monday, May 14, 2018

Sunrise Serenade: Lazy River

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Lazy River" by the Mills Brothers.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Friday, May 11, 2018

Sunrise Serenade: Shake Down The Stars

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Shake Down The Stars" by Ella Fitzgerald.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Playlist For May 9, 2018

A little later than usual, but the playlist for the May 9, 2018 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

Sunrise Serenade: Celery Stalks At Midnight

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Celery Stalks At Midnight" by Les Brown and His Orchestra with Doris Day on vocals.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Sunrise Serenade: Jeepers Creepers

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Jeepers Creepers" by Louis Armstrong.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Sunrise Serenade: Farewell Blues

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

Monday, May 7, 2018

Sunrise Serenade: Cherokee

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Cherokee" by Charlie Barnett and His Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Sport Chumpions

Since the weather is warming up, I thought this 1941 Warner Bros. short featuring a number of warm weather outdoor athletic activities would be a good pick.  Posted on the YouTube channel 8thManDVD, here is Sport Chumpions

Sunrise Serenade: That's What I Hate About Love

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "That's What I Hate About Love" by Cab Calloway and His Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Air -Sub DX


Here is an obscure (to me anyway) comic about a craft that can fly and travel underwater.  The setting seems very Buck Rogers/Flash Gordon-ish, an apparent future version of Earth, but one in which such a craft is apparently still more advanced than other vehicles.  Posted on Four Color Shadows, this Air-Sub DX story comes from 1939. 

Sunrise Serenade: Blues Skies

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

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Playlist For May 2, 2018

The playlist for the May 2, 2018 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

Sunrise Serenade: The Object Of My Affection

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "The Object Of My Affection" by Lionel Hampton.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Sunrise Serenade: The Lady In Red

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "The Lady In Red" by Louis Prima.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Candy Matson (Yukon 28209)

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The blog known as Comics, Old Time Radio & Other Cool Stuff selected one of my all-time favorite radio shows as one of its recent Friday's Favorite OTR:  Candy Matson:  "San Juan Batista."  The full title of the show was Candy Matson, Yukon-28209, with the latter part of the title representing the heroine's telephone number.  The shows always started with a phone ringing, and Candy answering "Hello, Yukon 28209. . . . Yes, this is Candy Matson."  Candy was a former dancer/model/showgirl who became a private investigator in San Francisco.  Voiced by Natalie Masters (above), Candy solved crimes while exchanging witty, rapid fire dialogue with her pal Rembrandt Watson, and her eventual beau, SFPD Detective Ray Mallard.  The dialogue is one of the reasons this show is one of my favorites.  In one episode, while Mallard and Rembrandt are bantering about with increasingly bad puns, Candy sighs something to the effect of "Who writes this corny dialogue?"  Aside from the obvious joke, the actual writer was Natalie Masters' husband, Marty Masters. 

Sunrise Serenade: The Third Man Theme

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "The Third Man Theme" by Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Friday, April 27, 2018

Bars And Stripes Forever

I've seen this one before, but it has been a really long time.  This 1939 Warner Bros. short features the story of one prisoner's escape from Alcarazz prison, with a little parody musical number toward the end.  Here is Bars And Stripes Forever.


Sunrise Serenade: It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" by the Boswell Sisters.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Sunrise Serenade: Hawaiian War Chant

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Hawaiian War Chant" by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Playlist For April 25, 2018

The playlist for the April 25, 2018 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

Sunrise Serenade: I'll Always Be In Love With You

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "I'll Always Be In Love With You" by Ella Fitzgerald.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Spy Smasher


I thought I had already posted an adventure of Spy Smasher, but on second look, I could not find one, so here is one from 1942.  Posted on Four Color Shadows, Spy Smasher journeys to occupied Paris looking for an American traitor, only to find a Resistance hero!  The dialogue is a little over-the-top, even for the 1940's, but the plot is not bad. 

Sunrise Serenade: My Blue Heaven

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

Monday, April 23, 2018

Fun With Milk Bottle Caps


Here is a fun little item, posted on Dull Tool Dim Bulb, brought to you from the American Sealkap Corporation.  The book contains instructions for various activities and craft projects using SealKap bottle caps. 




Sunrise Serenade: I'm Putting All My Eggs In One Basket

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "I'm Putting All My Eggs In One Basket" by Fred Astaire.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Sunrise Serenade: The Man I Love

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "The Man I Love" by Billie Holiday and Her Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Playlist For April 18, 2018 - Spring Pledge Drive Special: 1938

The playlist for the April 18, 2018 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle - Spring Pledge Drive Special:  1938 - has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

Spring Pledge Drive Special - 1938 - Tonight!

Don't forget about tonight's Spring Pledge Special, when I will be playing the hits of 1938 as listed in The Billboard magazine that year.  Tune in, make a pledge, and help support WEVL!

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.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

WEVL Spring Pledge Drive Special: 1938

WEVL (home of the SSS) is in the middle of its Spring Pledge Drive.  This event is one of our two big fundraisers to keep the station operating.  With no outside backing, and no advertising on air, we rely on our members to keep us on the air.  So call the station at 901-528-1990 to make your pledge of support, or do so securely online at wevl.org.  The SSS Pledge Drive Special will be 1938, and I will play the hits of that year as documented in The Billboard magazine.  Yes folks, that is Lawrence Welk on the December 3, 1938 cover.

Sunrise Serenade: My Fine Feathered Friend

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "My Fine Feathered Friend" by Alice Faye.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.


Monday, April 16, 2018

Sunrise Serenade: The Ghost Of Smokey Joe

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "The Ghost Of Smokey Joe" by Cab Calloway and His Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Friday, April 13, 2018

The Dover Boys At Pimento University

I stumbled across this old favorite of mine featuring the Dover Boys and their arch rival, Dan Backslide.  This Warner Bros. gem from 1942 was directed by legendary animator, Chuck Jones.  From YouTube, here is The Dover Boys At Pimento University (or the Rivals of Roquefort Hall).

Sunrise Serenade: El Choclo

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "El Choclo" by Stan Kenton and His Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Sunrise Serenade: I Got Rhythm

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "I Got Rhythm" by Valaida Snow.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Playlist For April 11, 2018

The playlist for the April 11, 2018 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

Sunrise Serenade: Stormy Weather

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Stormy Weather" by Lena Horne.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

1940's Biker Chicks


Before the 1950's, motorcycles did not have as much of an "outlaw" image as in later years, and they were often just an alternative form of transportation, not a vehicle of rebellion or rich folk's toy.  Here we have a photo, posted on Rivet Head, of two ladies and their Harley Davidsons in the 1940's.

Sunrise Serenade: Bei Mir Bist Du Schon

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Bei Mir Bist Du Schon" by the Andrews Sisters.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Monday, April 9, 2018

Rationed Canned Goods

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Sarah Sundin posted another item in her "Make It Do" series of life on the home front in World War II.  Processed food was rationed during WWII not only because the military needed the food, it needed the tin in which the food was stored.  As a result, canning was an important way for households to preserve food they had grown in their Victory Gardens, and thus save tin and ration points.  I've always wondered why it is called "canning," when I have never seen cans used.  Home preserved food is kept in jars.  Perhaps it sounded weird to say that one was "jarring." 

Sunrise Serenade: How D'Ya Like To Love Me?

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "How D'Ya Like To Love Me?" by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Sunrise Serenade: Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby?

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby?" by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Duke O'Dowd: The Human Meteor


I don't remember seeing this hero before, so when Pappy's Golden Age Comics Blogzine posted this 1940 story of "Duke O'Dowd:  The Human Meteor," it seemed worth a post.  Apparently, his primary power is high-speed flying, when he is not driving a cab in his secret identity. 

Sunrise Serenade: My Old Man

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "My Old Man" by the Spirits of Rhythm.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Playlist For April 4, 2018

The playlist for the April 4, 2018 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

Sunrise Serenade: More Than You Know

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "More Than You Know" by Erskine Hawkins and His Orchestra with Dolores Brown on vocals.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Hop Into Spring With Live Music

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From Red Hot Lindy Hop:
Red Hot Lindy Hop is excited to welcome back Elizabeth Wise to the Rumba Room for our first Saturday dance on April 7!  Elizabeth leads bands in Boston, New York City, Memphis, and Richmond, and her quartet brings their own brand of "swinging, sassy blues" for your dancing pleasure.
Lindy hop lesson 6-7, followed by Elizabeth Wise Music from 7-9! All at Rumba Room Memphis, 303 South Main St. Beginners highly encouraged to come; no experience or partner required!
Cost: $10 for the lesson and dance. $7 for students with ID.
More info here.
303 South Main
Memphis, TN 38103

Sunrise Serenade: You Turned The Tables On Me

Today'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

Monday, April 2, 2018

Benny Goodman's "Rattle And Roll"


This article, posted on Swing and Beyond, provides a brief snapshot of Benny Goodman's career in the early 1940's, during and after World War II.  Apparently, the music that made BG the King of Swing in the late 1930's was beginning to seem a bit "old hat" to audiences of the day, and this post explains how Goodman and his band evolved to address that challenge, including recording tunes like "Rattle and Roll." 

Sunrise Serenade: Body And Soul

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Body And Soul" by the Benny Goodman Trio.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Friday, March 30, 2018

Sunrise Serenade" Chant Of The Jungle

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Chant Of The Jungle" by the Casa Loma Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Sunrise Serenade: Doin' The New Low Down

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Doin' The New Low Down" by Cab Calloway and the Mills Brothers.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Playlist For March 28, 2018

The playlist for the March 28, 2018 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

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.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Sunrise Serenade: Strange As It Seems

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Strange As It Seems" by Cab Calloway and His Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Monday, March 26, 2018

Sunrise Serenade: She's A Latin From Manhattan

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "She's A Latin From Manhattan" by the Mound City Blue Blowers.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Friday, March 23, 2018

Motor Mania

While Goofy was a character in many Walt Disney shorts, I have always liked the cartoons in which he was essentially the subject of a "documentary," with a narrator dryly commenting as Goof engaged in specific activities such as dancing, fishing, photography, skiing, or in this case, driving.  From YouTube, here is the 1950 animated short, Motor Mania

Sunrise Serenade: My Honey's Lovin' Arms

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "My Honey's Lovin' Arms" by Bing Crosby and the Mills Brothers.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Mel's Drive-In

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Retro Planet's Planet Retro Blog posted this article about Mel's Drive-In, the first drive-in restaurant in San Francisco, which opened in 1947.  This photo shows the second location opened in SF, but the franchise eventually covered Northern California.  In the early 1970's, the diner became famous as the set for American Graffiti.

Sunrise Serenade: Now Will You Be Good

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Now Will You Be Good" by Count Basie and His Orchestra with James Rushing on vocals.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Playlist For March 21, 2018

The playlist for the March 21, 2018 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

Sunrise Serenade: When Paw Was Courtin' Maw

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "When Paw Was Courtin' Maw" by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

USS Lexington Found


I saw this a few weeks ago on the BBC.  A search team has discovered the wreck of the USS Lexington, a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier lost during World War II in the Battle of the Coral Sea in May 1942.  It was the first naval battle between aircraft carriers, and the first in which ships from the opposing sides neither sighted nor fired directly on each other. 

Sunrise Serenade: Have You Got Any Castles, Baby?

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Have You Got Any Castles, Baby?" by Dolly Dawn and Her Dawn Patrol.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Monday, March 19, 2018

Sunrise Serenade: When You Wish Upon A Star

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "When You Wish Upon A Star" by Cliff Edwards from the 1940 Walt Disney film Pinnochio.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Friday, March 16, 2018

Birds In The Spring

Since Spring officially starts next week, I thought this cute Walt Disney Silly Symphony short from 1933 was appropriate.  A young bird strays a little too far from the nest and gets in trouble.  Here is Birds In The Spring

Sunrise Serenade: Peckin'

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Peckin'" by Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra with Bing Crosby on vocals.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Sunrise Serenade: I Found A New Baby

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "I Found A New Baby" by the Mills Brothers.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Playlist For March 14, 2018

The playlist for the March 14, 2018 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

Sunrise Serenade: Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone" by the Mills Brothers.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.

Friday, March 9, 2018

The Village Smithy

Ever tried to get something done, and quickly learned that it is just going to be one of those days?  That is pretty much the majority of Donald Duck cartoons, and this one, posted on YouTube, is no exception.  From 1941, here is The Village Smithy

Sunrise Serenade: On The Sunny Side Of The Street

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "On The Sunny Side Of The Street" by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Captain Marvel


It's been some time since Captain Marvel visited our pages, so this 1941 story posted on Pappy's Golden Age Comics Blogzine seemed appropriate.  I never was much of a CM fan myself, as I never could figure out where he stood versus Superman.  Most of my exposure to the character was the 1970's Saturday morning live-action TV show. 

Sunrise Serenade: Get On Board, Little Chillun'

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Get On Board, Little Chillun'" by Freddie Slack and His Orchestra featuring Ella Mae Morse on vocals.  Enjoy the video below from YouTube.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Playlist For March 7, 2018

The playlist for the March 7, 2018 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

Sunrise Serenade: All Over Nothing At All

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "All Over Nothing At All" by Ella Fitzgerald.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

1940's Hot Rod


Here is a shot of a 1940's hot rodder, possibly at a dry lake bed for a race, posted on Rivet Head.

Sunrise Serenade: The Mood That I'm In

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "The Mood That I'm In" by Valaida Snow.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Monday, March 5, 2018

U.S Navy's Flying Aircraft Carrier


Here is a post from Vintage Everyday with a series of photographs of the USS Macon, a 1930's U.S. Navy dirigible designed to serve as a flying aircraft carrier.  The airship could launch and retrieve biplane fighters in mid-air. Airships were difficult to handle in strong weather, and the Macon, along with 3 other of its sister ships, crashed. 

Sunrise Serenade: Pennsylvania 6-5000

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Pennsylvania 6-5000" by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Friday, March 2, 2018

Betty Boop: Mother Goose Land

We have not had a visit from Betty Boop for some time, so this little 1993 flight of fancy featuring our favorite cartoon flapper seemed like a good idea.  From the Internet Archive, here is  Mother Goose Land.
 

Sunrise Serenade: Sleep, Come On And Take Me

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Sleep, Come On And Take Me" by the Boswell Sisters.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Sunrise Serenade: Elmer's Tune

Today'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

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Playlist For February 28, 2018

The playlist for the February 28, 2018 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

Sunrise Serenade: Song Of India

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Song Of India" by the Casa Loma Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Red Hot Lindy Hop Into March This Saturday

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The next Red Hot Lindy Hop event is this Saturday, March 3, at the Rumba Room.  There will be a lindy hop lesson from 6-7, with open dancing from 7-9.  Admission is $5 for the lesson and dance.  More info here.
303 South Main
Memphis, TN 38103

Sunrise Serenade: The Dipsy Doodle

Today'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

Monday, February 26, 2018

Baby Needs A New Pair Of Shoes! Got A Ration Book?

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Sarah Sundin posted this article about shoe rationing during World War II.  The military needed both leather and rubber, so folks on the home front had to make things last, and that included the kids.  No exceptions in shoe rationing was made for children.  In 1943, everyone was limited to three pairs a year, which was reduced to two pairs in 1944, and you needed a stamp from your ration book to buy them. 

Sunrise Serenade: Why Don't You Practice What You Preach

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Why Don't You Practice What You Preach" by the Boswell Sisters.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Snow Foolin'

With the 2018 Winter Olympics about to conclude, I thought we would stick with that theme.  No real story here, just a bunch of animals having fun with winter sports, followed by a sing along with "Jingle Bells."  From the Internet Archive, here is Snow Foolin'.

Sunrise Serenade: Back Bay Shuffle

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Back Bay Shuffle" by Artie Shaw.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Before The Bookmobile, There Was The Bookhorse


In the 1930's, the Works Progress Administration created the Pack Horse Library Initiative to provide reading materials to people living in poor, remote areas of Kentucky.  Posted on History Daily, this article and series of photographs explains the challenges these women, who were paid by the WPA, faced while delivering their literature. 

Sunrise Serenade: I Fell Down And Broke My Heart In Two

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "I Fell Down And Broke My Heart In Two" by Bonnie Baker.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Playlist For February 21, 2018

The playlist for the February 21, 2018 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

Sunrise Serenade: One Dozen Roses

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "One Dozen Roses" by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Ball Of Fire

BALL OF FIRE (’41): A Barrel of Fun by Susan Doll According to film historians Gerald Mast and Wes Gehring, Howard Hawks is the quintessential director of screwball comedy. This opinion can be backed up with facts and films, but I am always caught...
FilmStruck posted this review of the 1941 film, Ball of Fire, starring Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck.  This movie, along with its musical remake, A Song Is Born (1948), is one of my favorites, and this review has some interesting historical insight into this classic, screwball comedy.  For example, when one of the gangsters holding the eccentric professors prisoner starts using items in the room for target practice, he says "I saw me a picture last week," and proceeds to wet the sight of his gun, as leading man Gary Cooper did in his previous film, Sergeant York (1941).

Sunrise Serenade: You Took Advantage Of Me

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "You Took Advantage Of Me" by Anita O'Day.  Enjoy the video from YouTube

Thursday, February 15, 2018

It Happened One Night

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Here is a nice lobby card, posted on Vintage Ads, for the 1934 film, It Happened One Night.  A fun movie, it is the story of a runaway heiress being accompanied by a (unknown to her) reporter after the story of her running away.  There are some great scenes relating to intercity bus travel, complete with stops at tourist courts.

Sunrise Serenade: I'll Always Be In Love With You

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "I'll Always Be In Love With You" by Ella Fitzgerald.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Playlist For February 14, 2018 - Valentine/Malentine Day Special

The playlist for the February 14, 2018 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle - The Valentine/Maletine Day Special - has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

Happy Valentine's Day & Special Program Tonight!


Happy Valentine's Day from Ms. Toby Wing, whom I found in an old Film Noir Photos post.  In honor of the holiday, I'll be doing a Valentine/Malentine Special on the Swing Shift Shuffle tonight.  While most of the songs will be romantic, each set will feature a "Malentine," for those who are less enamored of February 14.  Hope you tune in. 

Sunrise Serenade: One Meatball

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "One Meatball" by the Andrews Sisters with Bing Crosby.  Enjoy the video below from YouTube.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Sunrise Serenade: Breakin' The Ice

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Breakin' The Ice" by Fats Waller and His Rhythm.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Monday, February 12, 2018

Period Appropriate Motoring Attire


This post on the Hemmings blog discusses the importance of accessories; specifically - period correct clothing to go with your vintage car.  The post has several references to resources for those interested in vintage clothing, regardless of whether that interest relates to automobiles or not.  One interesting point to me was that the desire for a "complete package" can run both ways.  While many folks may become interested in vintage clothing as an accessory to their vintage car, there are some, like the couple pictured here, who acquired their vintage car as an accessory to their vintage clothes.

Sunrise Serenade: Louisiana Fairy Tale

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Louisiana Fairy Tale" by Fats Waller and His Rhythm.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Friday, February 9, 2018

Hockey Homicide

With the 2018 Winter Olympics now in progress, this 1945 Walt Disney animated short seemed appropriate.  It reminds me of the old question:  "Did you ever go to a fight and have a hockey game break out?"  Posted on YouTube, here is Hockey Homicide.

Sunrise Serenade: The Rhumba Jumps

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "The Rhumba Jumps" by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra with Marion Hutton and Tex Beneke on vocals.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

1939 Nash


Although the ad for this 1939 Nash, posted on Vintage Ads, makes only a slight mention of it, one of the neatest features of the pictured sedan was the bed.  Introduced in 1936, the rear seat back hinged up, and in doing so opened up the trunk to the passenger compartment.  Two adults could sleep with their legs and feet in the trunk, and their heads and shoulders on the rear seat cushions.  I saw photos of one for sale a few years ago, and it was a cool-looking car, inside and out. 

Sunrise Serenade: I've Got Rings On My Fingers

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "I've Got Rings On My Fingers" by the Merry Macs.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Playlist For February 7, 2018

The playlist for the February 7, 2018 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

Sunrise Serenade: Cash For Your Trash

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Cash For Your Trash" by Fats Waller and His Rhythm.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Pulp Magazine Archive

  The Internet Archive is a massive and growing resource, and I have long since given up on the idea of exploring it all.  Thus, I am always happy to find when someone else posts about an IA collection with which I was not yet familiar.  Unfortunately, I have managed to completely forget where I found out about the IA's Pulp Magazine Archive, but to that now forgotten blog poster, please accept my thanks.  This collection has full color scans of pulp magazines starting in the early 20th century, proceeding through the height of the pulp era in the 1930's to 1950's, and even up to the (relatively) more recent, glossy (but still pulp-like in content) magazines of the 1980's and 1990's.  The cover art, especially on some of the science fiction titles, is especially cool.

Sunrise Serenade: Moon Ray

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Moon Ray" by Ella Fitzgerald.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Doggone Tired

Here is a classic Tex Avery cartoon from MGM in 1949.  Hoping to avoid being the target of a hunt on the following morning, a clever rabbit keeps the hunter's dog awake all night.  Found on YouTube, here is Doggone Tired.

Sunrise Serenade: Texas And Pacific

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Texas And Pacific" by Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Sunrise Serenade: Moonlight Cocktail

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

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Playlist For January 31, 2018

The playlist for the January 31, 2018 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

Sunrise Serenade: Skylark

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

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Valentine's Day Hop With Live Music This Friday

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The next Red Hot Lindy Hop event is this Saturday, February 3, at the Rumba Room.  Featuring Jeremy Shrader's Hot Memphis Six, there will be a lindy hop lesson from 6-7, with the band playing from 7-9.  More info here.
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Sunrise Serenade: Have You Got The Gumption?

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Have You Got The Gumption?" by Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Monday, January 29, 2018

Documentary Of Hedy Lamar

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I'm a little late in posting about this, but better late than never.  Bombshell:  The Hedy Lamarr Story is a recent documentary about Hollywood legend Hedy Lamarr.  Unknown to most, in addition to being considered the most beautiful woman to ever appear on the screen, Ms. Lamarr was responsible for inventing and patenting technology that became the basis for cell phone, wifi and Bluetooth.  This film tells that story. 

Sunrise Serenade: Truckin'

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Truckin'" by Fats Waller and His Rhythm.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Friday, January 26, 2018

Swing Cleaning

This animated short from 1941 features Gabby, the Lilliputian town crier in the 1939 animated movie, Gulliver's Travels, who went on to star in some shorts.  In this cartoon, Gabby helps the king with spring cleaning, with less than optimal results.  From the Internet Archive, here is Swing Cleaning.

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, January 25, 2018

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, January 24, 2018

Playlist For January 24, 2018

The playlist for the January 24, 2018 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

Sunrise Serenade: Loch Lomond

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Loch Lomond" by Benny Goodman and His Orchestra with Martha Tilton (and just a little bit of Benny himself) on vocals.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

New RHLH Schedule - Next Dance Saturday, February 3

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The Red Hot Lindy Hop has started a new schedule of monthly dances at the Rumba Room, and the next event is Saturday, February 3.  Featuring Jeremy Shrader's Hot Memphis Six, there will be a lindy hop lesson from 6-7, with the band playing from 7-9.  More info here.

Sunrise Serenade: Five O'Clock Whistle

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Five O'Clock Whistle" by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra with Marion Hutton on vocals.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Monday, January 22, 2018

1940's Porto Baradio

When the ice and snow finally melted away this weekend, I was able to drop by an estate sale or two, and I saw this intriguing item.  Being accompanied by my apprentice (Benjamin, age 5), who required some supervision, I was unable to do any research on it at the sale.  Other than being a bar with a built-in radio, and having a definite 1940's look, I had no information.

Subsequent research revealed it to be a Stewart-Warner "Porto Baradio" from around 1942.  It is what it appears to be:  a portable bar with a built-in radio.  Further research found that this particular piece does not have any of the original glassware, and that the warped speaker grill/radio dial was common for these models.  Listed price at the estate sale was $90, but it was 20% off for the second day of the sale, or $72.  If it lasted to the next day, it may have been half off. 

Sunrise Serenade: Angeline

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Angeline" by Cab Calloway and His Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Unplanned Winter Break

The reasons posts have been a bit scarce recently is because Memphis and the Mid-South experienced some winter weather over the past week.  While we were not reduced to dogsleds and curing caribou meat, the winter wonderland did disrupt school, work and other schedules sufficiently to prevent me from posting anything.  We will be back to more typical winter weather next week, and posts should return to a more regular schedule. 

Sunrise Serenade: Flat Foot Floogee

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Flat Foot Floogee" by the Mills Brothers with Louis Armstrong.  Enjoy the video from YouTube

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Depression Era Industrial Film


As Boing Boing noted in this post, before robots did the work, machine parts used to be made by people.  This 1936 film shows workers machining precision components.  If you are a fan of industrial machinery, you should get a kick out of this film.

Sunrise Serenade: Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone" by the Mills Brothers.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Playlist For January 10, 2018

The playlist for the January 10, 2018 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

Sunrise Serenade: Barrelhouse Bessie From Basin Street

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Barrelhouse Bessie From Basin Street" by the Gene Krupa Orchestra with Anita O'Day.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Wartime Monopoly

Boing Boing pointed me to this video about a British Monopoly game made during World War II.  As proof of how supply shortages affected almost every aspect of daily life, this set had no dice, no metal trinkets, low quality cards, and even an apology from the manufacturer for such sacrifices due to the war effort.  The video provides a nice little explanation of why such sacrifices were necessary, and how people adapted, as well as a story about how British intelligence used such games to help POWs escape. 

Sunrise Serenade: Candy

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

Monday, January 8, 2018

Decades Of Entertainment (Of One Sort Or Another): Former Luciann Theatre Closes


In December, the Commercial Appeal reported that the Paris Adult Theater on Summer Avenue in Memphis had closed.  Since the early 1970's, this building housed an establishment dedicated to what some call "adult" entertainment.  Prior to that, it served as a night club, and at one time a bowling alley.  When it opened in 1940, however, it was Memphis' newest movie neighborhood movie theater.  Named after the owner's two daughters, Lucy and Ann, its grand opening featured Virginia City starring Errol Flynn and Miriam Hopkins, as well as a Buster Keaton comedy, a short musical number with Woody Herman and His Orchestra, and a Donald Duck cartoon. 

Other than the previous owner's name still on the marquee, the exterior of the building has been largely untouched, and the LUCIANN on the front is still quite prominent.  Oh, what a wonderful thing it would be for someone to bring it back to its original grandeur.  I understand it is for sale. 

Sunrise Serenade: Them There Eyes

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Them There Eyes" by Les Brown and His Orchestra with Lucy Ann Polk on vocals.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Sunrise Serenade: Dinah

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Dinah" by Bing Crosby and the Mills Brothers.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Sunrise Serenade: Heart And Soul

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Heart And Soul" by Blue Barron and His Orchestra.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Playlist For January 3, 2018

The playlist for the January 3, 2018 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

Sunrise Serenade: Star Dust

Happy New Year!  This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Star Dust" by Bing Crosby.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line