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, June 30, 2020

Monday, June 29, 2020

Sunrise Serenade: How Come?

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "How Come?" by Anita O'Day.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Friday, June 26, 2020

Sunrise Serenade: Little White Lies

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Little White Lies" by Chick Webb and His Orchestra with Ella Fitzgerald on vocal.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Sunrise Serenade: Lullaby Of Broadway

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Lullaby Of Broadway" by the Andrews Sisters.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Playlist For June 24, 2020 - Vera Lynn Special

The playlist for the June 24, 2020 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle - Vera Lynn Special - has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.

Sunrise Serenade: I Don't Want To Set The World On Fire (plus, Vera Lynn Special Tonight)

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "I Don't Want To Set The World On Fire" by Vera Lynn.  Enjoy the video from YouTube
The late Ms. Lynn was obviously on my mind for two reasons: 1) she passed away last Thursday at the age of 104; and 2) I'm doing a tribute show to her tonight, with one of her songs in every set.  Tune in to hear that wonderful voice in some great songs.  

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Sunrise Serenade: Me, Myself and I

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Me, Myself and I" by Billie Holiday and Her Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Monday, June 22, 2020

Sunrise Serenade: Mean To Me

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Mean To Me" by Valaida Snow.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Friday, June 19, 2020

Sunrise Serenade: Juneteenth Jamboree

Like yesterday, this morning's Sunrise Serenade had not yet clearly played in my brain before I remembered the date, at which point "Juneteenth Jamboree" by Louis Jordan and His Tympani Five popped into my head.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Sunrise Serenade: (When You're Up To Your Neck In Hot Water,) Be Like A Kettle And Sing - RIP Vera Lynn

I don't remember if I actually woke up with a Sunrise Serenade this morning, but when I learned that Dame Vera Lynn passed away today at age 103, it was impossible to keep this song out of my head:  "(When You're Up To Your Neck In Hot Water,) Be Like A Kettle And Sing."  R.I.P. Vera Lynn (March 20, 1917-June 18, 2020).  Enjoy this YouTube video clip from the 1942 film We'll Meet Again.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Playlist For June 17, 2020

The playlist for the June 17, 2020 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.

Sunrise Serenade: How'm I Doin', Hey, Hey

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "How'm I Doin', Hey, Hey" by the Mills Brothers.  Enjoy the video from YouTube

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Sunrise Serenade: Tiger Rag

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Tiger Rag" by the Mills Brothers.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Monday, June 15, 2020

Sunrise Serenade>: Two Sleepy People

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Two Sleepy People" by Hoagy Carmichael and Ella Logan.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Sunrise Serenade: Happiness Is Just A Thing Called Joe

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Happiness Is Just A Thing Called Joe" by Woody Herman and His Orchestra with Frances Wayne on vocal.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.  

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Playlist For June 10, 2020

The playlist for the June 10, 2020 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.

Sunrise Serenade: No Restricted Signs (Up In Heaven)

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "No Restricted Signs (Up In Heaven)" by the Golden Gate Quartet.  Enjoy the video from YouTube

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Sunrise Serenade: Basin Street Blues

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Basin Street Blues" by Louis Prima and His New Orleans Gang.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Friday, June 5, 2020

Sunrise Serenade: Moonlight Cocktail

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

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Sunrise Serenade: You Won't Be Satisfied Until You Break My Heart

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "You Won't Be Satisfied Until You Break My Heart" by Les Brown and His Orchestra with Doris Day on vocal.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Playlist For June 3, 2020

The playlist for the June 3, 2020 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.

Sunrise Serenade: Boulevard Of Broken Dream

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams" by Ted Weems and His Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Sunrise Serenade: I Heard

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

Monday, June 1, 2020

Sunrise Serenade: Sing Song Swing

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Sing Song Swing" by Ella Fitzgerald and Her Famous Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line