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
77°
Partly Cloudy
  • Humidity: 77%
  • Feels Like: 77°
  • Heat Index: 77°
  • Wind: 7 mph
  • Wind Chill: 77°
  • UV Index: 0 Low
  • Sunrise: 06:42:31 AM
  • Sunset: 05:55:12 PM
  • Dew Point: 69°
  • Visibility: 10 mi

Today

Overcast with rain showers at times. Low 58F. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Tonight

Overcast with rain showers at times. Low 58F. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Tomorrow

Cloudy skies. Slight chance of a rain shower. High near 65F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph.

Day
Temp
Tue
58°
78°
Tue
78°/58°
Chance of showers. Lows overnight in the upper 50s.

Chance of Rain: 50%

Sunrise: 06:42:31 AM

Sunset: 05:55:12 PM

Humidity: 89%

Wind: NW @ 7mph

UV Index: 0 Low

Tuesday Night

Overcast with rain showers at times. Low 58F. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Wed
53°
65°
Wed
65°/53°
Cloudy. Highs in the mid 60s and lows in the low 50s.

Chance of Rain: 20%

Sunrise: 06:41:34 AM

Sunset: 05:55:58 PM

Humidity: 80%

Wind: NNE @ 8mph

UV Index: 3 Moderate

Wednesday Night

Cloudy with occasional rain after midnight. Low 53F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 90%.

Thu
38°
56°
Thu
56°/38°
Rain. Highs in the mid 50s and lows in the upper 30s.

Chance of Rain: 100%

Sunrise: 06:40:35 AM

Sunset: 05:56:43 PM

Humidity: 88%

Wind: NNE @ 14mph

UV Index: 3 Moderate

Thursday Night

Mostly cloudy early, then clearing later on. Low 38F. Winds NNE at 10 to 20 mph.

Fri
36°
55°
Fri
55°/36°
Sunshine. Highs in the mid 50s and lows in the mid 30s.

Chance of Rain: 0%

Sunrise: 06:39:36 AM

Sunset: 05:57:28 PM

Humidity: 52%

Wind: NNE @ 12mph

UV Index: 6 High

Friday Night

Clear. Low 36F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph.

Sat
45°
60°
Sat
60°/45°
A few clouds. Highs in the low 60s and lows in the mid 40s.

Chance of Rain: 0%

Sunrise: 06:38:36 AM

Sunset: 05:58:13 PM

Humidity: 59%

Wind: ESE @ 6mph

UV Index: 6 High

Saturday Night

A few clouds. Low near 45F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

Sun
59°
66°
Sun
66°/59°
Afternoon showers. Highs in the mid 60s and lows in the upper 50s.

Chance of Rain: 50%

Sunrise: 06:37:34 AM

Sunset: 05:58:57 PM

Humidity: 70%

Wind: SE @ 11mph

UV Index: 4 Moderate

Sunday Night

Cloudy with occasional light rain. Low 59F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 80%.

Mon
50°
65°
Mon
65°/50°
Times of sun and clouds. Highs in the mid 60s and lows in the low 50s.

Chance of Rain: 20%

Sunrise: 06:36:32 AM

Sunset: 05:59:41 PM

Humidity: 71%

Wind: WNW @ 11mph

UV Index: 6 High

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy. Low around 50F. Winds light and variable.

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