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, 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