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
49°
Sunny
  • Humidity: 47%
  • Feels Like: 47°
  • Heat Index: 49°
  • Wind: 5 mph
  • Wind Chill: 47°
  • UV Index: 5 Moderate
  • Sunrise: 06:30:59 AM
  • Sunset: 05:07:33 PM
  • Dew Point: 30°
  • Visibility: 10 mi

Today

A good deal of sunshine. High 62F. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight

A few clouds. Low 34F. Winds light and variable.

Tomorrow

Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High near 65F. Winds light and variable.

Day
Temp
Sat
34°
62°
Sat
62°/34°
A few clouds. Highs in the low 60s and lows in the mid 30s.

Chance of Rain: 0%

Sunrise: 06:30:59 AM

Sunset: 05:07:33 PM

Humidity: 42%

Wind: NNW @ 6mph

UV Index: 5 Moderate

Saturday Night

A few clouds. Low 34F. Winds light and variable.

Sun
40°
65°
Sun
65°/40°
Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 60s and lows in the low 40s.

Chance of Rain: 10%

Sunrise: 06:31:50 AM

Sunset: 05:07:06 PM

Humidity: 54%

Wind: NW @ 5mph

UV Index: 5 Moderate

Sunday Night

Clear skies. Low around 40F. Winds light and variable.

Mon
45°
66°
Mon
66°/45°
Sunny. Highs in the mid 60s and lows in the mid 40s.

Chance of Rain: 10%

Sunrise: 06:32:41 AM

Sunset: 05:06:40 PM

Humidity: 59%

Wind: WNW @ 7mph

UV Index: 5 Moderate

Monday Night

Clear. Low around 45F. Winds light and variable.

Tue
45°
72°
Tue
72°/45°
Sunny. Highs in the low 70s and lows in the mid 40s.

Chance of Rain: 10%

Sunrise: 06:33:31 AM

Sunset: 05:06:16 PM

Humidity: 61%

Wind: WSW @ 4mph

UV Index: 5 Moderate

Tuesday Night

Generally fair. Low around 45F. Winds light and variable.

Wed
55°
73°
Wed
73°/55°
Partly cloudy. Highs in the low 70s and lows in the mid 50s.

Chance of Rain: 10%

Sunrise: 06:34:22 AM

Sunset: 05:05:53 PM

Humidity: 64%

Wind: SE @ 9mph

UV Index: 4 Moderate

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy. Low near 55F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.

Thu
58°
78°
Thu
78°/58°
Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 70s and lows in the upper 50s.

Chance of Rain: 20%

Sunrise: 06:35:13 AM

Sunset: 05:05:32 PM

Humidity: 68%

Wind: S @ 9mph

UV Index: 4 Moderate

Thursday Night

Mostly cloudy. Low 58F. Winds light and variable.

Fri
53°
70°
Fri
70°/53°
A few morning showers. Highs in the low 70s and lows in the low 50s.

Chance of Rain: 30%

Sunrise: 06:36:04 AM

Sunset: 05:05:13 PM

Humidity: 74%

Wind: N @ 5mph

UV Index: 4 Moderate

Friday Night

Partly cloudy skies early followed by increasing clouds with showers developing later at night. Low 53F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 40%.

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