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.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Black Cat


I don't know when DC introduced Catwoman as a villain, but this Black Cat comic, posted on Four Color Shadows, reveals a possible inspiration, although she is a crime fighter.  Her secret identity is glamorous movie star, Linda Turner. 

Sunrise Serenade: Dinah

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Dinah" by the Benny Goodman Quartet.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Playlist For August 15, 2018

The playlist for the August 15, 2018 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

Sunrise Serenade: Jack The Bear

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Jack The Bear" by Duke Ellington and His Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Early Chop Top


This photo on Rivet Head interested me because of the 1940's tag.  I know chopped tops were easily around by the late 1950's, but I did not realize people were doing such a severe chop as the above even in the late 1940's.

Sunrise Serenade: We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye" by the Boswell Sisters.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Monday, August 13, 2018

Sunrise Serenade: Poor Simple Simon

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Poor Simple Simon" by Anita O'Day.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Porky's Pastry Pirates

I have never seen this one.  Porky Pig operates a bakery.  A fly sits hungrily outside his window, but is afraid to go inside because of Porky's violence with a fly swatter.  Along comes a bee, who sounds a lot like Edward G. Robinson, who shows the fly how to get some of the sweeties.  From the Internet Archive, here is the 1942 Warner Bros. animated short, Porky's Pastry Pirates

Sunrise Serenade: King Porter Stomp

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

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Playlist For August 8, 2018

The playlist for the August 8, 2018 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

Sunrise Serenade: Let Me Off Uptown

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Let Me Off Uptown" by Gene Krupa and His Orchestra featuring Anita O'Day on vocals.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Lindy Hop Over to Lafayette's Music Room

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Swing to the music of the Memphis Knights with the RHLH at Lafayette's Music Room on Monday, August 13, 2018, starting at 6:00 p.m. 

Sunrise Serenade: Nobody's Sweetheart

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Nobody's Sweetheart" by Oscar Aleman.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Monday, August 6, 2018

Dr. Mid-Nite


A good 20 years before Marvel's Daredevil, DC had its own blind crime fighter:  Dr. Mid-Nite.  In this case, the blind Dr. McNider overcame this challenge via technology, namely - infra-red glasses that, according to the splash page here, gave him "perfect vision."  The bad guys in this story, posed on Pappy's, have a penchant for deadly toy weapons - miniature battleships and tanks, etc. 

Sunrise Serenade: School Days

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was certainly appropriate for the first day of school here in Memphis:  "School Days" by Louis Jordan.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Friday, August 3, 2018

Teachers Are People

While perusing the Tube of You, I came across this Walt Disney short featuring Goofy as an elementary school teacher.  Never having seen this cartoon before, and remembering that my kiddos start school next week, this seemed an appropriate tribute to those in the educational profession on whom I inflict- er, I mean - to whom I entrust my children. 

As you watch this short, please remember it was made at a time when several of the jokes were just that, jokes.  The thought of knives, guns and explosives in schools was so absurd as to be laughable.  Unfortunately, in the 60+ years since this cartoon was released, times have changed to the point that some of those situations are no longer so absurd.  It is not my intention to be insensitive to that fact.  On the contrary, it is my hope that eventually, we can have schools where such concerns will again be laughable.  With that in mind, please enjoy Teachers Are People


Sunrise Serenade: Long About Midnight

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Long About Midnight" by Louis Prima and His Gang.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Monthly Swing Dance This Saturday Night


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From the great folks at the Red Hot Lindy Hop:
Saturday night swing is back August 4! Join Red Hot Lindy Hop for an hour lesson 6-7 p.m. at Rumba Room followed by a DJ'd dance of the hottest sounds of the big band era 7-9 p.m. $5 gets you in the door for the lesson and dance. Our dance ambassadors are on hand to help you with your rock step-triple step and to make sure you're up dancing! No partner or experience needed. Come dance with us and don't forget to SWING OUT!

Sunrise Serenade: Shoo-Fly Pie And Apple Pan Dowdy

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Shoo-Fly Pie And Apple Pan Dowdy" by Dinah Shore.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Playlist For August 1, 2018

The playlist for the August 1, 2018 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

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.