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.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Sunrise Serenade: Old Mother Hubbard

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

Monday, July 16, 2018

Sunrise Serenade: I Heard

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

Friday, July 13, 2018

Pigs In A Polka

Here is another partial Fantasia parody from Warner Bros.  Set to the music of Johannes Brahms' Hungarian Dances, this short retells the fairy tale of the Three Little Pigs.  From the 8th Man DVD channel on YouTube, here is the 1942 cartoon, Pigs In A Polka

Sunrise Serenade: 47th Street Jive

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "47th Street Jive" by Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Sunrise Serenade: I Can't Get Started

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "I Can't Get Started" by Bunny Berigan and His Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Playlist For July 11, 2018

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

Sunrise Serenade: Christopher Columbus

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Christopher Columbus" by the Ink Spots.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Sunrise Serenade: The Honeydripper

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "The Honeydripper" by Jimmie Lunceford and His Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Cuba In 1933

Vintage Everyday posted this series of photographs taken in Cuba by Fay S. Lincoln in 1933.  Prior to the Revolution in the 1950's, Cuba was a popular holiday destination for Americans.  These pictures show an interesting contrast between the tourist Cuba and some of the economic hardships its people faced. 

Sunrise Serenade: There'll Be A Hot Time In The Town Of Berlin

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "There'll Be A Hot Time In The Town Of Berlin" by Frank Sinatra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Sunrise Serenade: Hip Hip Hooray

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Hip Hip Hooray" by the Four Vagabonds.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Playlist For July 4, 2018 - Independence Day Special!

The playlist for the July 4, 2018 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle - Independence Day Special - has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

Happy Fourth of July! Independence Day Special Tonight!

Happy Fourth of July!  Join me tonight for the Swing Shift Shuffle Independence Day Special!  We'll be playing great patriotic music from the Swing Era.  Tune in before the fireworks start, and please remember to be safe!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

July Heats Up With LIve Music At The Lindy Hop


July starts off jumping at the First Saturday RHLH dance with live music from Jeremy Shrader's Quintessentials featuring Michelle Shrader on vocals.  Lindy Hop lesson from 6-7 PM with special guest instructor.  Music and dancing from 7-9 PM.  Cover charge is $10, with student rates available.  More info here.

Sunrise Serenade: Anytime, Anyday, Anywhere

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Anytime, Anyday, Anywhere" by the Mills Brothers.  Enjoy the video below from YouTube.

Monday, July 2, 2018

New Comic, Old Song

I read the comics section of the newspaper first every morning.  It is a nice way to brace myself for the news.  I would like to send a shout out to Tom Batuik & Dan Davis, creators of Crankshaft, for their prominent feature of a 1930's song in today's strip.  Specifically, the character of Ralph Meckler is listening to "I Can't Get Started With You" while ordering a burger, fries and chocolate malted from a carhop, who apparently does not know what a chocolate malted is.  Years ago, the strip revealed that Ralph had a chance to play with Bunny Berigan's band, so that song is certainly appropriate. 

Sunrise Serenade: Old Man Of The Mountain

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Old Man Of The Mountain" by the Mills Brothers.  Enjoy the video from YouTube

Friday, June 29, 2018

Superman: Secret Agent

Being the Friday before Independence Day, I thought it would be a good time to call up the Man of Steel who fights for truth, justice and the American way - Superman.  In one of the few cartoons in which Lois Lane makes no appearance whatsoever, a beautiful blond secret agent is on the run from foreign (i.e. German) saboteurs, and Superman shows up to lend a hand when they try to stop her.  From the Internet Archive, here is the 1943 animated short, Secret Agent.

Sunrise Serenade: That's A Plenty

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "That's A Plenty" by the Andrews Sisters.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Sunrise Serenade: I Can't Give You Anything But Love

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "I Can't Give You Anything But Love" by the Mills Brothers.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Monday, June 25, 2018

Sunrise Serenade: Royal Garden Blues

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Royal Garden Blues" by Johnny Mercer and the Skylarks.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Friday, June 22, 2018

Prest-O Change-O

This short features the same two dogs that appeared in another cartoon with a similar story.  In the previous short, the dogs - one large and one small - enter a "Home of Tomorrow," that features all sorts of fancy futuristic, automatic gadgets that soon cause the curious canines some trouble.  In this version, our furry friends escape the dog catcher by slipping into the house of a magician - "Sham-Fu."  Although the magician himself never shows up, his pet rabbit (a Bugs Bunny prototype) and an Indian Rope Trick give the puzzled pooches as bad a time as the futuristic house did.  From the 8th Man Video channel on YouTube, here is the 1938 short, Prest-O Change-O

Sunrise Serenade: Pompton Turnpike

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

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Sunrise Serenade: Small Fry

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Small Fry" by Bing Crosby accompanied by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Playlist For June 20, 2018

The playlist for the June 20, 2018 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

Sunrise Serenade: I Said No

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "I Said No" by Alvino Rey and His Orchestra, with Yvonne King on vocals.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

1946 Silk City Diner For Sale

1946 Silk City Diner
If you are interested in a career change, Hemmings may have a deal for you.  An upcoming Sotheby's auction on June 23-24 will offer this 1946 Silk City Diner at no reserve, complete with all the appliances, fixtures and furniture necessary for you to hang out your own "Eat at Joe's" sign.  You will have to move it yourself, and Sotheby's estimates the sale price will be between $200,000 and $300,000. 
1946 Silk City Diner

Sunrise Serenade: It Ain't Gonna Be Like That

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "It Ain't Gonna Be Like That" by Hoagy Carmichael.  Enjoy the video from YouTube

Monday, June 18, 2018

Sunrise Serenade: The Joint Is Jumpin'

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "The Joint Is Jumpin'" by Fats Waller.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Sunrise Serenade: Old Yazoo

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

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Lacey Lady

Photo Courtesy: B-17 Alliance and Richard Mallory Allnutt The Lacey Lady B-17
First saw this story in my print copy of Hemmings Motor News, then found this website.  So, you're a gas station owner at your own birthday party in 1947.  What do you do for fun?  Well, why not make a bet that you could use a B-17 Flying Fortress as a canopy for your gas station, borrow $15,000 in cash from a friend at the party (who had it on him), go to Oklahoma and buy a B-17 that you don't know how to fly?  Then, you could try to fly it ALONE, crash it into another B-17, convince the base commander to write it off and sell you another one much cheaper.  Finally, bribe the local fire department with whisky to let you borrow their pumper trucks to siphon aviation fuel out of the other B-17s, fly it back to Oregon (with a copilot this time), and win the bet by putting it atop your gas station.  That's what Art Lacey did.  Seems like a perfectly normal birthday party to me.  Find out how to help restore the Lacey Lady here.

Sunrise Serenade: Whistle While You Work

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Whistle While You Work" by Artie Shaw and His Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Playlist For June 13, 2018

The playlist for the June 13, 2018 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

Sunrise Serenade: I'm Gonna Be A Bad Girl

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "I'm Gonna Be A Bad Girl" by Orrin Tucker and His Orchestra with "Wee" Bonnie Baker on vocal.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.


Monday, June 11, 2018

Bob Phantom (Seriously!)


The hero of this 1941 comic, posted on Four Color Shadows, is "Bob Phantom."  He is not "The Green Phantom" or "Phantom Flyer" or even "Robert Phantom," - just Bob Phantom.  To make matters worse, his hero name bears no relationship to his secret identity, which is Walt Whitney, Broadway columnist.  What would be next, "Fred Batman"? 

And another thing - I know it was the 1940's, and male condescension to females was taught in kindergarten, but this guy seems like too much even for the times.  I'm surprised his secretary didn't slug him. 

Sunrise Serenade: Sliphorn Jive

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

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Sunrise Serenade: Be My Life's Companion

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Be My Life's Companion" by the Mills Brothers.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Playlist For June 6, 2018

The playlist for the June 6, 2018 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

Sunrise Serenade: Exactly Like You

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

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

June Is Jumping With The Lindy Hop


If you missed the First Saturday RHLH dance, don't despair!  The RHLH will be at two more events this month.  They will be at Lafayette's Music Room on Monday, June 11, with the Memphis Knights providing the music from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  On Thursday, June 14, they will be at the Crosstown Getdown:  Swing Edition from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Crosstown Concourse.  More info here.

Sunrise Serenade: Rhythm Saved The World

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Rhythm Saved The World" by the Mills Brothers.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Monday, June 4, 2018

1940 Automobile Buyer's Guide

Ratings and reviews are commonplace in the social media era, but the publishers of the 1940 Automobile Year Book and Buyer's Guide were setting some pretty high standards for consumer information.  Posted on Hemmings, this guide included way more information than most folks would ever think necessary, either back then or even now.  As the Hemmings' post noted:
Besides the pages shown, other charts compare all the 1940-spec cars’ batteries, bearings, body finish, brakes and weights, capacities, carburetors, clutches, head room, leg room, hoods, radiators, springs, ventilation, wheel bases, and a whole lot more. And even exhaust valve seat inserts and steering post locks are compared.

Sunrise Serenade: A Chicken Ain't Nothin' But A Bird

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "A Chicken Ain't Nothin' But A Bird" by Cab Calloway and His Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Playlist For May 30, 2018

The playlist for the May 30, 2018 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

Monday, May 28, 2018

Memorial Day

I hope everyone enjoys their Memorial Day activities, and that you all will take a moment to remember the meaning of the day. 

Friday, May 25, 2018

The Unofficial Start Of Summer Break


I don't know if I'll be manning a grill at a picnic like these folks in Georgia from 1939 (from the Library of Congress Farm Security Administration collection), but I will be taking an extended Memorial Day break next week.  I'll be back in June. 

Sunrise Serenade: Music Makers

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Music Makers" by Harry James and his Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Sunrise Serenade: Tabby The Cat

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Tabby The Cat" by Stan Kenton and His Orchestra with Anita O'Day on vocals.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Playlist For May 23, 2018

The playlist for the May 23, 2018 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

Sunrise Serenade: Goody Goody

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

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

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

US poster, WWII
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

Ice Cream
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?

US poster, WWII
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.