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
73°
Partly Cloudy
  • Humidity: 93%
  • Feels Like: 73°
  • Heat Index: 73°
  • Wind: 0 mph
  • Wind Chill: 73°
  • UV Index: 3 Moderate
  • Sunrise: 07:07:23 AM
  • Sunset: 06:33:01 PM
  • Dew Point: 71°
  • Visibility: 10 mi

Today

Cloudy with rain ending in the afternoon. Thunder possible. High 73F. Winds N at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 90%.

Tonight

A few clouds from time to time. Low 52F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow

Partly cloudy skies in the morning will give way to cloudy skies during the afternoon. High 73F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph.

Day
Temp
Tue
71°
85°
Tue
85°/71°
Thunderstorms. Lows overnight in the low 70s.

Chance of Rain: 90%

Sunrise: 07:06:43 AM

Sunset: 06:34:07 PM

Humidity: 95%

Wind: WSW @ 3mph

UV Index: 0 Low

Tuesday Night

Thunderstorms. Low 71F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 90%.

Wed
52°
73°
Wed
73°/52°
Periods of rain early. Highs in the low 70s and lows in the low 50s.

Chance of Rain: 90%

Sunrise: 07:07:23 AM

Sunset: 06:33:01 PM

Humidity: 83%

Wind: N @ 11mph

UV Index: 3 Moderate

Wednesday Night

A few clouds from time to time. Low 52F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph.

Thu
57°
73°
Thu
73°/57°
Mostly cloudy. Highs in the low 70s and lows in the upper 50s.

Chance of Rain: 0%

Sunrise: 07:08:02 AM

Sunset: 06:31:56 PM

Humidity: 60%

Wind: NE @ 8mph

UV Index: 5 Moderate

Thursday Night

Overcast. Low 57F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph.

Fri
61°
75°
Fri
75°/61°
Morning clouds followed by afternoon sun. Highs in the mid 70s and lows in the low 60s.

Chance of Rain: 10%

Sunrise: 07:08:42 AM

Sunset: 06:30:51 PM

Humidity: 67%

Wind: ENE @ 9mph

UV Index: 5 Moderate

Friday Night

Mostly clear skies early will give way to occasional showers later during the night. Low 61F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Sat
64°
80°
Sat
80°/64°
Showers possible. Highs in the low 80s and lows in the mid 60s.

Chance of Rain: 40%

Sunrise: 07:09:23 AM

Sunset: 06:29:48 PM

Humidity: 79%

Wind: NNE @ 8mph

UV Index: 7 High

Saturday Night

A few clouds. Low 64F. Winds light and variable.

Sun
67°
82°
Sun
82°/67°
Mix of sun and clouds. Highs in the low 80s and lows in the upper 60s.

Chance of Rain: 20%

Sunrise: 07:10:04 AM

Sunset: 06:28:45 PM

Humidity: 81%

Wind: E @ 6mph

UV Index: 7 High

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy with late night showers or thunderstorms. Low 67F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 40%.

Mon
60°
82°
Mon
82°/60°
A few thunderstorms possible. Highs in the low 80s and lows in the low 60s.

Chance of Rain: 40%

Sunrise: 07:10:45 AM

Sunset: 06:27:43 PM

Humidity: 84%

Wind: SSW @ 9mph

UV Index: 4 Moderate

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy with showers and a few thunderstorms. Low near 60F. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

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