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 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 If you would like more information about the radio show, just go to the Radio Show FAQ page.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

You Don't Know What You're Doin'

If I had a nickel for every time someone said that to me . . . .  Anyway, this cartoon is a very early Looney Tunes/Merry Melodies short from 1931.  Our hero, Piggy, picks up his girl for a night of hot jazz at the theater, and he gets into a show-off contest, first with one of the musicians, then with an inebriated audience member.  Throw in some bootleg liquor (Prohibition was in effect when this cartoon was released), and things get a bit wild.  Nice early jazz soundtrack.  From the Internet Archive, here is You Don't Know What You're Doin'

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