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, January 11, 2018

Depression Era Industrial Film

As Boing Boing noted in this post, before robots did the work, machine parts used to be made by people.  This 1936 film shows workers machining precision components.  If you are a fan of industrial machinery, you should get a kick out of this film.

Sunrise Serenade: Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone" by the Mills Brothers.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Playlist For January 10, 2018

The playlist for the January 10, 2018 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

Sunrise Serenade: Barrelhouse Bessie From Basin Street

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Barrelhouse Bessie From Basin Street" by the Gene Krupa Orchestra with Anita O'Day.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Wartime Monopoly

Boing Boing pointed me to this video about a British Monopoly game made during World War II.  As proof of how supply shortages affected almost every aspect of daily life, this set had no dice, no metal trinkets, low quality cards, and even an apology from the manufacturer for such sacrifices due to the war effort.  The video provides a nice little explanation of why such sacrifices were necessary, and how people adapted, as well as a story about how British intelligence used such games to help POWs escape. 

Sunrise Serenade: Candy

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Candy" by the Nat King Cole Trio.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Monday, January 8, 2018

Decades Of Entertainment (Of One Sort Or Another): Former Luciann Theatre Closes

In December, the Commercial Appeal reported that the Paris Adult Theater on Summer Avenue in Memphis had closed.  Since the early 1970's, this building housed an establishment dedicated to what some call "adult" entertainment.  Prior to that, it served as a night club, and at one time a bowling alley.  When it opened in 1940, however, it was Memphis' newest movie neighborhood movie theater.  Named after the owner's two daughters, Lucy and Ann, its grand opening featured Virginia City starring Errol Flynn and Miriam Hopkins, as well as a Buster Keaton comedy, a short musical number with Woody Herman and His Orchestra, and a Donald Duck cartoon. 

Other than the previous owner's name still on the marquee, the exterior of the building has been largely untouched, and the LUCIANN on the front is still quite prominent.  Oh, what a wonderful thing it would be for someone to bring it back to its original grandeur.  I understand it is for sale. 

Sunrise Serenade: Them There Eyes

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Them There Eyes" by Les Brown and His Orchestra with Lucy Ann Polk on vocals.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Sunrise Serenade: Dinah

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Dinah" by Bing Crosby and the Mills Brothers.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Sunrise Serenade: Heart And Soul

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Heart And Soul" by Blue Barron and His Orchestra.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.