The Doo-Wop Bop

I was raised on legends of the punk and alternative scenes of the 1990's, the anti-war and civil rights movements of the 1960's and 1970's, and the "flappers" and swing music of the 1920's. Each of these eras was accompanied by social and musical revolution of varying degrees. Each revolution eventually gave rise to the next up to and including the social-justice struggles of today and the music that continues to inspire it. However, there's a large gap in that timeline.

What happened in the 1930's, 1940's and 1950's?

Well, the 1930's saw the Great Depression, so musical and social change were sidelined as Americans struggled to survive. The 1940's saw an America worn out from fighting World War II. The 1950's is when social and musical change started gaining momentum again: A revolution of sorts did take place, one that would push us toward the more significant social and musical change of the 1960's.

Rock and roll was born, and a new generation of revolutionaries was inspired by it. We'll explore rock and roll, doo-wop, soul and their offshoot genres every week on the Doo-Wop Bop, and I'll do my best to show you the cultural and musical value of the songs we so commonly dismiss as "oldies."

Baton Rouge, LA

Right Now
86°
Cloudy
  • Humidity: 69%
  • Feels Like: 94°
  • Heat Index: 94°
  • Wind: 6 mph
  • Wind Chill: 86°
  • UV Index: 0 Low
  • Sunrise: 06:17:03 AM
  • Sunset: 08:05:19 PM
  • Dew Point: 74°
  • Visibility: 10 mi

Today

Scattered thunderstorms. Low 74F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Tonight

Scattered thunderstorms. Low 74F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Tomorrow

Scattered thunderstorms in the morning becoming more widespread in the afternoon. High 82F. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 80%.

Day
Temp
Mon
74°
86°
Mon
86°/74°
A few thunderstorms possible. Lows overnight in the mid 70s.

Chance of Rain: 50%

Sunrise: 06:17:03 AM

Sunset: 08:05:19 PM

Humidity: 88%

Wind: SW @ 7mph

UV Index: 0 Low

Monday Night

Scattered thunderstorms. Low 74F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Tue
68°
82°
Tue
82°/68°
Thunderstorms. Highs in the low 80s and lows in the upper 60s.

Chance of Rain: 80%

Sunrise: 06:17:38 AM

Sunset: 08:04:47 PM

Humidity: 84%

Wind: NW @ 11mph

UV Index: 7 High

Tuesday Night

Clear to partly cloudy. Low 68F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph.

Wed
66°
88°
Wed
88°/66°
Sunny. Highs in the upper 80s and lows in the mid 60s.

Chance of Rain: 10%

Sunrise: 06:18:14 AM

Sunset: 08:04:13 PM

Humidity: 59%

Wind: NNE @ 10mph

UV Index: 11 Extreme

Wednesday Night

A mostly clear sky. Low 66F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph.

Thu
68°
89°
Thu
89°/68°
A few clouds. Highs in the upper 80s and lows in the upper 60s.

Chance of Rain: 10%

Sunrise: 06:18:51 AM

Sunset: 08:03:37 PM

Humidity: 59%

Wind: ENE @ 6mph

UV Index: 11 Extreme

Thursday Night

Mainly clear. Low 68F. Winds light and variable.

Fri
71°
88°
Fri
88°/71°
More sun than clouds. Highs in the upper 80s and lows in the low 70s.

Chance of Rain: 20%

Sunrise: 06:19:27 AM

Sunset: 08:03:01 PM

Humidity: 65%

Wind: E @ 9mph

UV Index: 11 Extreme

Friday Night

Mostly clear skies. Low 71F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

Sat
72°
87°
Sat
87°/72°
A few thunderstorms possible. Highs in the upper 80s and lows in the low 70s.

Chance of Rain: 40%

Sunrise: 06:20:04 AM

Sunset: 08:02:23 PM

Humidity: 74%

Wind: SE @ 9mph

UV Index: 11 Extreme

Saturday Night

A few clouds. Low 72F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.

Sun
72°
85°
Sun
85°/72°
Scattered thunderstorms possible. Highs in the mid 80s and lows in the low 70s.

Chance of Rain: 40%

Sunrise: 06:20:41 AM

Sunset: 08:01:43 PM

Humidity: 77%

Wind: SSE @ 7mph

UV Index: 11 Extreme

Sunday Night

A few clouds. Low 72F. Winds light and variable.