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.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Former Harlem Dancer, Age 102, Sees Herself In Soundies

Boing Boing posted this item yesterday, and it is one of those things I could not delay sharing.  Ms. Alice Barker was a chorus dancer in Harlem during the heyday of the Swing Era.  She appeared in some Soundies, but had never actually seen the finished films.  In this video, Ms. Barker, who turned 102 in 2014, sees her film performances for the first time.  My favorite part is when she names the song - "Don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing."  A wonderful video. 

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