Bobby soxer (music)

Bobby soxer is a 1940s sociological coinage describing the often very zealous fans of traditional pop music, in particular the singer Frank Sinatra.[1]

Bobby soxers were usually teenage girls in high schools and colleges, who got their name from the bobby socks that they wore.[2]

The gymnasium was often used as a dance floor and since shoes and street detritus might damage the polished wood floors, the students were required to remove their shoes and flop dance in their bobby socks, hence the terms "bobby soxer" and "sock hop".[3][4][5]

Adopting (in her teenage years) an impressionable adolescent persona, former child actress Shirley Temple portrayed the type in the film The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947).[6]

See also


  1. Green, Jonathan (2005). Cassell's Dictionary of Slang. Sterling Publishing Company. p. 145. ISBN 9780304366361.
  2. Sickels, Robert (2004). The 1940s (American Popular Culture Through History). ABC-CLIO. p. 36. ISBN 9780313312991. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  3. Renzoni, Tony (2017). Connecticut Rock 'n' Roll: A History. ISBN 9781625858801.
  4. "Teen-Agers". Life. 1948-12-20. p. 67.
  5. "Journal of Health, Physical Education, Recreation". 1946.
  6. Nash, Ilana (2005). American Sweethearts: Teenage Girls in Twentieth-century Popular Culture. Indiana University Press. p. 165. ISBN 978-0-253-21802-5. Retrieved 21 April 2019.

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