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.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Playlist For April 18, 2018 - Spring Pledge Drive Special: 1938

The playlist for the April 18, 2018 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle - Spring Pledge Drive Special:  1938 - has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

Spring Pledge Drive Special - 1938 - Tonight!

Don't forget about tonight's Spring Pledge Special, when I will be playing the hits of 1938 as listed in The Billboard magazine that year.  Tune in, make a pledge, and help support WEVL!

Sunrise Serenade: It's A Quiet Town

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "It's A Quiet Town" by the Andrews Sisters with Danny Kaye.  Enjoy the video below from YouTube.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

WEVL Spring Pledge Drive Special: 1938

WEVL (home of the SSS) is in the middle of its Spring Pledge Drive.  This event is one of our two big fundraisers to keep the station operating.  With no outside backing, and no advertising on air, we rely on our members to keep us on the air.  So call the station at 901-528-1990 to make your pledge of support, or do so securely online at wevl.org.  The SSS Pledge Drive Special will be 1938, and I will play the hits of that year as documented in The Billboard magazine.  Yes folks, that is Lawrence Welk on the December 3, 1938 cover.

Sunrise Serenade: My Fine Feathered Friend

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "My Fine Feathered Friend" by Alice Faye.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.


Monday, April 16, 2018

Sunrise Serenade: The Ghost Of Smokey Joe

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "The Ghost Of Smokey Joe" by Cab Calloway and His Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Friday, April 13, 2018

The Dover Boys At Pimento University

I stumbled across this old favorite of mine featuring the Dover Boys and their arch rival, Dan Backslide.  This Warner Bros. gem from 1942 was directed by legendary animator, Chuck Jones.  From YouTube, here is The Dover Boys At Pimento University (or the Rivals of Roquefort Hall).

Sunrise Serenade: El Choclo

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "El Choclo" by Stan Kenton and His Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Sunrise Serenade: I Got Rhythm

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "I Got Rhythm" by Valaida Snow.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Playlist For April 11, 2018

The playlist for the April 11, 2018 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.