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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
84°
Partly Cloudy
  • Humidity: 83%
  • Feels Like: 95°
  • Heat Index: 95°
  • Wind: 3 mph
  • Wind Chill: 84°
  • UV Index: 9 Very High
  • Sunrise: 06:52:48 AM
  • Sunset: 07:02:05 PM
  • Dew Point: 78°
  • Visibility: 10 mi

Today

Partly cloudy. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 88F. Winds light and variable.

Tonight

Scattered thunderstorms early, mainly cloudy late with a few showers. Low 66F. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Tomorrow

Sunshine and clouds mixed. Cooler. High 79F. Winds N at 10 to 20 mph.

Day
Temp
Tue
66°
88°
Tue
88°/66°
Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 80s and lows in the mid 60s.

Chance of Rain: 16%

Sunrise: 06:52:48 AM

Sunset: 07:02:05 PM

Humidity: 71%

Wind: WNW @ 5mph

UV Index: 9 Very High

Tuesday Night

Scattered thunderstorms early, mainly cloudy late with a few showers. Low 66F. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Wed
56°
79°
Wed
79°/56°
Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 70s and lows in the mid 50s.

Chance of Rain: 6%

Sunrise: 06:53:22 AM

Sunset: 07:00:51 PM

Humidity: 60%

Wind: N @ 14mph

UV Index: 9 Very High

Wednesday Night

Clear skies. Cooler. Low 56F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph.

Thu
55°
79°
Thu
79°/55°
Sunshine. Highs in the upper 70s and lows in the mid 50s.

Chance of Rain: 5%

Sunrise: 06:53:55 AM

Sunset: 06:59:37 PM

Humidity: 56%

Wind: NNE @ 8mph

UV Index: 9 Very High

Thursday Night

Clear. Low around 55F. Winds light and variable.

Fri
56°
79°
Fri
79°/56°
Abundant sunshine. Highs in the upper 70s and lows in the mid 50s.

Chance of Rain: 7%

Sunrise: 06:54:28 AM

Sunset: 06:58:23 PM

Humidity: 59%

Wind: NE @ 6mph

UV Index: 9 Very High

Friday Night

Clear to partly cloudy. Low 56F. Winds light and variable.

Sat
58°
82°
Sat
82°/58°
More sun than clouds. Highs in the low 80s and lows in the upper 50s.

Chance of Rain: 7%

Sunrise: 06:55:02 AM

Sunset: 06:57:09 PM

Humidity: 61%

Wind: NNE @ 5mph

UV Index: 9 Very High

Saturday Night

A mostly clear sky. Low 58F. Winds light and variable.

Sun
62°
85°
Sun
85°/62°
Plenty of sun. Highs in the mid 80s and lows in the low 60s.

Chance of Rain: 8%

Sunrise: 06:55:35 AM

Sunset: 06:55:55 PM

Humidity: 64%

Wind: NE @ 5mph

UV Index: 9 Very High

Sunday Night

Mainly clear skies. Low 62F. Winds light and variable.

Mon
65°
85°
Mon
85°/65°
Mix of sun and clouds. Highs in the mid 80s and lows in the mid 60s.

Chance of Rain: 24%

Sunrise: 06:56:09 AM

Sunset: 06:54:41 PM

Humidity: 68%

Wind: ENE @ 6mph

UV Index: 8 Very High

Monday Night

Partly cloudy skies. Low 64F. Winds light and variable.