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

Friday, September 22, 2017

Betty Boop ,M.D.


While the title suggests that Betty Boop has earned her medical degree in this short, her doctorate appears to be from the school of snake oil.  Betty and company set up their wagon to sell "Jippo," a wondrous cure for all ailments.  Some typically odd early 1930's gags and hot jazz ensue, with a interesting Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde ending.  From the Internet Archive, here is the 1932 animated short, Betty Boop, M.D.

Sunrise Serenade: I've Been Waiting For Your Phone Call

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "I've Been Waiting For Your Phone Call" by Bonnie Baker.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Thunderfist (Canadian Comics)


According to Pappy's Golden Age Comics Blogzine, prior to World War II, Canadians were able to enjoy U.S. comic books.  With the advent of war, however, comic books were not high on the list of import priorities for the Canadian government, so our friends up north made their own.  Due to tighter budgets, these comics were in black and white.  This comic, Thunderfist, tells the story of a superhero whose powers are apparently thanks to his own inventions, and who defeats the deadly mechanical devices of a foreign power.

Sunrise Serenade: The Mood That I'm In

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "The Mood That I'm In" by Valaida Snow.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Playlist For September 20, 2017

The playlist for the September 20, 2017 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

Sunrise Serenade: American Patrol

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "American Patrol" by Shep Fields.  Enjoy the video from YouTube

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

First Hop Of Fall

Red Hot Lindy Hop's photo.
The Red Hot Lindy Hop lessons and sessions continue 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.   

303 South Main
Memphis, TN 38103

Sunrise Serenade: Daddy

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Daddy" by the Andrews Sisters.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Submarine Appendectomy


Destination Tokyo is one of my favorite double wartime movies, being both about and released during WWII.  One of the subplots involves a seaman diagnosed by the pharmacists mate with acute appendicitis, and who will certainly die without surgery.  The captain (Cary Grant) convinces the pharmacists mate (William Prince) he can perform the surgery. The tension builds as the operation takes place, but the surgery is a success, and the seaman recovers.  The entire film is a morale building vehicle for the folks at home, and this story was part of it.


This story, however, was based on fact.  As I learned from This Day in World War II History, on September 11, 1942, a pharmacists mate on board the U.S. submarine Seadragon performed an emergency appendectomy on a fellow crewmember in circumstances essentially like those depicted in the film.  More details at the U.S. Naval Institute Naval History Blog

Sunrise Serenade: Lovable

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Lovable" by Bing Crosby.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

At Home Under The Pippin


The Commercial Appeal recently ran an interesting story about Bob and Laura Coleman, who in 1948 or thereabouts, moved into a little house that sat beneath the wooden structure of the Pippin, the Shelby County Fairgrounds roller coaster that later became famous as Elvis Presley's favorite ride.  Until it was "disassembled" in 2010 and shipped to Green Bay, Wisconsin, it was the oldest surviving roller coaster in the U.S.  Mr. Coleman maintained the Fairgrounds rides until 1960, including the Pippin.  Dinner conversation at home may have been difficult during operating hours.

Sunrise Serenade: Thanks For The Boogie Ride

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Thanks For The Boogie Ride" by the Gene Krupa Orchestra with Anita O'Day on vocals.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Playlist For September 13, 2017

The playlist for the September 13, 2017 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

Sunrise Serenade: How Deep Is The Ocean

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "How Deep Is The Ocean" by Benny Goodman and His Orchestra with Peggy Lee on vocals.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line