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.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Native American Chief, WW2 Veteran, Big Band Drummer, Stunt Man, Actor Dies

Chief David Bald Eagle
I saw on the BBC that Chief David Bald Eagle passed away July 22 at the age of 97.  This gentleman lead quite a life.  He fought in WW2, earning a Silver Star, and was wounded on D-Day.  After returning to the states, he was a drummer in the Cliff Keyes Orchestra.  He then moved to Hollywood, where he trained actors like John Wayne in horsemanship and shooting, and served as Errol Flynn's stunt double.  In the 1950's, he joined a rodeo display team, and continued acting late into his life, appearing in Dances With Wolves

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