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.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween from Yvonne DeCarlo, courtesy of Film Noir Photos.  Considering that one of Ms. DeCarlo's most famous roles later in life was Lily Munster in The Munsters, this image from earlier in her career seemed even more appropriate for Halloween.

Sunrise Serenade: New East St. Louis Toodle-Oo

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "New East St. Louis Toodle-Oo" by Duke Ellington and His Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Monday, October 30, 2017

Sunrise Serenade: Jeepers Creepers

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Jeepers Creepers" by Louis Armstrong.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Sunrise Serenade: It's A Sin To Tell A Lie

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "It's A Sin To Tell A Lie" by Fats Waller and His Rhythm.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Thursday, October 26, 2017

David Niven In Raffles

Streamline recently reviewed the 1939 version of Raffles, the story of an upper class cricket player, A.J. Raffles, whose nighttime persona is "The Amateur Cracksman," a brilliant jewel thief.  In the title role, David Niven manages to play cricket, hit all the high society parties, steal jewels, elude the police and give away the loot to those who need help.  The 1930 version of the same film starred Ronald Coleman in the same role.  I have seen both films, and both are enjoyable. 

Sunrise Serenade: Yes Indeed

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Yes Indeed" by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra with Jo Stafford and Sy Oliver on vocals.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Playlist For October 25, 2017

The playlist for the October 25, 2017 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

Jimmie Lunceford Festival Going On Now

Well, this is what I get for not paying attention.  I just found out that the 2017 Jimmie Lunceford Jamboree Festival is going on right now through October 29.  There are events going on every night this week, including art shows, lectures, jam sessions and movies all over town celebrating one of the biggest musical talents to come out of Memphis.  Check out the site and see if you can join in the fun.

Sunrise Serenade: Anvil Chorus

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

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Live Music At The Lindy Hop

The Red Hot Lindy Hop lessons and sessions continue with live music by Will Lang at the Rumba Room this Friday night.  Free beginner lesson at 7:00 p.m.  Free admission before 7:00 p.m. and $5 thereafter.   

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