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.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Marilyn Monroe: A Star Is Learning

This blog focuses on the Swing Era, which for purposes of my own personal convenience, I arbitrarily designated as the period from 1930 through 1950.  As a result, for the most part, there are no posts about topics from say, either 1928 or 1952.  This limitation means that I forego posting about a lot of great retro subjects on the web.  This self-imposed prohibition has, until now, included a star forever linked to the 1950's:  Marilyn Monroe.  Thanks to Life magazine, however, Miss Monroe can now grace the SSS with her presence.  These unpublished Life photos from 1949 show an essentially unknown 22 year old Marilyn Monroe as she studies acting, dancing and singing to further her then very new career.  Here she takes singing lessons with "Phil Moore at the famous West Hollywood nightclub, the Mocambo, in 1949."

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